Write for oceanbites!

Becoming an Oceanbites Contributor

We issue a call for authors in the spring of each year, though we also are happy to review applications on a rolling basis, so please email oceanbites if you’re interested in submitting an application.

Underrepresented minority, low income, first generation, and veteran students are encouraged to apply.

Oceanbites authors are current grad students, post docs, or other early career scientists who commit to writing a post once a month and editing a post by another author once a month. We like to highlight recent research based on a recent (3 months old or less) journal article related to ocean sciences, but we also accept summaries of older research under compelling circumstances.

Ideally, posts will be short (<800 words) and written with a non-expert audience in mind (no jargon, no assumed knowledge above what you’d learn in high school science classes), with the aim of engaging and educating undergraduates, high school students, and other interested non-experts.

You can apply by writing an initial post as a writing sample, along with a short explanation of your research interests and your interest in science communication.  Please pick a recent article from a widely available journal. Please do not review your own paper or a review article.  Check out the site to get an idea of the types of pieces we’re writing, and the general style we look for.  Generally, we summarize relevant background, methods, and key findings from the article, and then explain why the research is important to the greater community.  A committee of current contributors will read your sample post and if it seems like you’re a good fit, we’ll add you to the schedule of writer/editors and publish your first piece.

You can submit your sample post by emailing it to oceanbitesorg@gmail.com.  Submit the post by attaching it to your email as a Word .doc or a PDF.  Along with the post, include 100 words on your research interests and 200 words on why you’d like to write for oceanbites, as well as your current major and degree progress, if applicable.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Writing Guest Posts for oceanbites

oceanbites also accepts a few additional types of submissions in additional to our regular posts:

(1) Reviews of ocean-related popular science books and movies

(2) Editorials about the oceanographic research world, what it’s like to be a graduate student, the state of oceanographic research, etc.

(3) Articles explaining current issues and topics in marine science/oceanography

(4) Interviews with marine scientists about interesting research projects or field work

(5) “Field diaries” documenting your travels and field work

If you’re interested in contributing this type of post, contact us at oceanbitesorg@gmail.com with a pitch (a short, compelling teaser that gives us the basic idea for the post) and we’ll let you know if it’s a good fit! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


  • by oceanbites 3 months ago
    Happy Earth Day! Take some time today to do something for the planet and appreciate the ocean, which covers 71% of the Earth’s surface.  #EarthDay   #OceanAppreciation   #Oceanbites   #CoastalVibes   #CoastalRI 
  • by oceanbites 4 months ago
    Not all outdoor science is fieldwork. Some of the best days in the lab can be setting up experiments, especially when you get to do it outdoors. It’s an exciting mix of problem solving, precision, preparation, and teamwork. Here is
  • by oceanbites 5 months ago
    Being on a research cruise is a unique experience with the open water, 12-hour working shifts, and close quarters, but there are some familiar practices too. Here Diana is filtering seawater to gather chlorophyll for analysis, the same process on
  • by oceanbites 6 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  on  #oceanbites  we are featuring Hannah Collins  @hannahh_irene  Hannah works with marine suspension feeding bivalves and microplastics, investigating whether ingesting microplastics causes changes to the gut microbial community or gut tissues. She hopes to keep working
  • by oceanbites 6 months ago
    Leveling up - did you know that crabs have a larval phase? These are both porcelain crabs, but the one on the right is the earlier stage. It’s massive spine makes it both difficult to eat and quite conspicuous in
  • by oceanbites 7 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  on  #Oceanbites  we are featuring Cierra Braga. Cierra works ultraviolet c (UVC) to discover how this light can be used to combat biofouling, or the growth of living things, on the hulls of ships. Here, you
  • by oceanbites 7 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  at  #Oceanbites  we are featuring Elena Gadoutsis  @haysailor  These photos feature her “favorite marine research so far: From surveying tropical coral reefs, photographing dolphins and whales, and growing my own algae to expose it to different
  • by oceanbites 7 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  on Oceanbites we are featuring Eliza Oldach. According to Ellie, “I study coastal communities, and try to understand the policies and decisions and interactions and adaptations that communities use to navigate an ever-changing world. Most of
  • by oceanbites 8 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  at  #Oceanbites  we are featuring Jiwoon Park with a little photographic help from Ryan Tabata at the University of Hawaii. When asked about her research, Jiwoon wrote “Just like we need vitamins and minerals to stay
  • by oceanbites 8 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  on  #Oceanbites  we are featuring  @riley_henning  According to Riley, ”I am interested in studying small things that make a big impact in the ocean. Right now for my master's research at the University of San Diego,
  • by oceanbites 8 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  at  #Oceanbites  we are featuring Gabby Stedman. Gabby is interested in interested in understanding how many species of small-bodied animals there are in the deep-sea and where they live so we can better protect them from
  • by oceanbites 8 months ago
    This week for  #WriterWednesday  at  #Oceanbites  we are featuring Shawn Wang! Shawn is “an oceanographer that studies ocean conditions of the past. I use everything from microfossils to complex computer models to understand how climate has changed in the past
  • by oceanbites 9 months ago
    Today we are highlighting some of our awesome new authors for  #WriterWednesday  Today we have Daniel Speer! He says, “I am driven to investigate the interface of biology, chemistry, and physics, asking questions about how organisms or biological systems respond
  • by oceanbites 9 months ago
    Here at Oceanbites we love long-term datasets. So much happens in the ocean that sometimes it can be hard to tell if a trend is a part of a natural cycle or actually an anomaly, but as we gather more
  • by oceanbites 10 months ago
    Have you ever seen a lobster molt? Because lobsters have exoskeletons, every time they grow they have to climb out of their old shell, leaving them soft and vulnerable for a few days until their new shell hardens. Young, small
  • by oceanbites 10 months ago
    A lot of zooplankton are translucent, making it much easier to hide from predators. This juvenile mantis shrimp was almost impossible to spot floating in the water, but under a dissecting scope it’s features really come into view. See the
  • by oceanbites 11 months ago
    This is a clump of Dead Man’s Fingers, scientific name Codium fragile. It’s native to the Pacific Ocean and is invasive where I found it on the east coast of the US. It’s a bit velvety, and the coolest thing
  • by oceanbites 11 months ago
    You’ve probably heard of jellyfish, but have you heard of salps? These gelatinous sea creatures band together to form long chains, but they can also fall apart and will wash up onshore like tiny gemstones that squish. Have you seen
  • by oceanbites 12 months ago
    Check out what’s happening on a cool summer research cruise! On the  #neslter  summer transect cruise, we deployed a tow sled called the In Situ Icthyoplankton Imaging System. This can take pictures of gelatinous zooplankton (like jellyfish) that would be
  • by oceanbites 1 year ago
    Did you know horseshoe crabs have more than just two eyes? In these juveniles you can see another set in the middle of the shell. Check out our website to learn about some awesome horseshoe crab research.  #oceanbites   #plankton   #horseshoecrabs 
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