Biological Research Internships
Intertidal Ecology Internship
Project overview: Intertidal Ecology Interns collect biodiversity data in intertidal transects permanently established around Appledore Island as part of a long-term monitoring program using National Park Service protocols. These transects are critical to evaluate the effects of climate change and introduced species in the Gulf of Maine, as well as to document shifts in species distribution and abundance. Interns identify all species in their transects, analyze transect data, and design future studies. The internship provides expertise in New England intertidal organisms, data analysis, and excellent training for employment in marine biodiversity surveys. Appropriate coursework in marine invertebrates and phycology is strongly recommended. Previous experience in a Shoals Marine Laboratory course is preferred, but not required (relevant SML courses: Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, Ecology & the Marine Environment).
Mentors: Dr. Chris Siddon (Alaska Fish & Game)
Dates: July 31-August 14, 2017 (2 weeks)
Four interns will be selected. Two of four spots reserved for current Cornell & UNH students.
Marine Mammal Internship
Project overview: Marine Mammal Interns study the large colony of harbor and gray seals on Duck Island and surrounding ledges. Specific questions include numbers of each species estimated through photographic mark-recapture studies, incidence of entanglement and injuries, and distributional and behavioral interactions of the two species. Interns conduct weekly boat-based surveys of the seal colony by photographing all seals in the colony, then analyze and catalog the digital photos in the laboratory. Database management skills are essential. Previous experience in a Shoals Marine Laboratory course is preferred, but not required (relevant SML courses: Marine Mammal Biology, Anatomy & Function of Marine Vertebrates).
Dates: May 29-August 8, 2017 (10 weeks)
Two interns will be selected. Open to current Cornell & UNH students only.
Internships with SML Partner Institutions:
Conduct Herring Gull nest monitoring in coordination with Field Ornithology Interns.
Monitor two sub-colonies of Great Black-backed Gulls throughout the summer.
10 weeks on Appledore Island.
Contact Dr. Julie Ellis (Tufts University) for more info.