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As you work toward a PhD at Hopkins, you will interact most intensively with your thesis advisor and members of your laboratory. Each of our 10 labs has its own perspective on science and approach to research. Explore the exciting possibilities to figure out which lab is right for you.


Previously part of the Biology Department, Hopkins Marine Station is now part of the Oceans Department within the Doerr School of Sustainability.  Several of our faculty took appointments in Oceans, while others chose to stay in Biology; still others have joint appointments. We are still in the process of building a full Oceans curriculum and PhD program; therefore the applications process will be run through existing programs this year. 

For the 2022-2023 PhD application season, Oceans faculty will be recruiting students through Earth Systems Science. For those faculty appointed 50/50 in Biology and Oceans, they can recruit students via the Biology Department (CMOB or Eco/Evo track) or Earth Systems Science. For those remaining in Biology, only the Biology application will be used. Given the complexity of admissions this cycle, it's imperative that you reach out to the individual Hopkins faculty members you hope to work with regarding the appropriate application and track to choose.