Contact Us

Max Moritz

University of California, Berkeley
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Division of Ecosystem Sciences
130 Mulford Hall, #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720
phone: 510.642.7329
email: mmoritz[at]

Prospective Graduate Students

The Moritz Lab is part of the Ecosystems Science Division of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, known colloquially as ESPM. The ESPM application process for new graduate students occurs during the fall semester prior to the year of entry. For details about this process or to begin the online application process, visit the department’s admissions site.

Though the applications are due the winter before the year of entry, students are advised to begin preparing for the application well before this date. You are allowed to list up to four faculty members that you are interested in working with. If you’re interested in fire ecology, you should also look into the Stephens Lab. It is critical that you contact these individuals prior to submitting your application. We welcome you to visit the lab in person to get a better idea of how we work and what are interests are.

Having a good working relationship with your advisor is crucial to your success as a graduate student. Students who are interested in working with Max are strongly advised to contact him and/or visit him prior to applying to his lab.

 Prospective Visiting Scholars

The Moritz Lab welcomes graduate students and researchers to come work with us in Berkeley. We are happy to provide workspace and research support where possible, as these visits foster collaboration and exchange of ideas. We do, however, have limited space, and all visit requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Visiting researchers are expected to have their own funding and a developed plan of research prior to coming to work at the Moritz Lab. Collaborative work with Moritz Lab researchers or the Fire Center is encouraged, but not required.

Selection decisions will be made as requests are received, and can begin at any time during the year (though early notice of your request is greatly appreciated). Length of stay can range from a few weeks to several months.

Please send an email to Max if you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities.

Have these topics in mind before you contact Max:

* Research project, significance, and objectives
* Potential audiences
* How you think your research interests are relevant to the work done in the lab
* When and for how long you’re interested in visiting the Moritz lab


The University of California, Berkeley is located twenty miles from San Francisco International Airport, and fifteen miles from Oakland International Airport. It may not be necessary to own a car during your time in here. – you can even get to Berkeley from the airport using public transportation. There is more information on public transportation in the Bay area here.

Visiting researchers are expected to arrange their own lodging, though members of the Moritz lab are happy to help with logistics when possible. While there is limited on-campus housing available, it is often very difficult to get space in one of the residences, especially for only a few months. Visiting researchers may have better luck finding an apartment or a room through community resources such as Craigslist or through the University.

The Berkeley International Office has resources for visiting researchers and international scholars on everything from legal issues to healthcare to transportation.