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 at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Ecology & the Marine Environment, Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.

Internship Mentors:
Dr. Kylla Benes (Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellow 2017)
Dr. Chris Siddon (Marine Fisheries Scientist, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game)

Dates: July 29 - August 16, 2019 (3 weeks)

SML Research Symposium: August 10, 2019

Stipend: $150/week
Includes room & board for 2.5 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.

Four interns will be selected.

View past internship posters here: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.


Photo of Intertidal Interns at a transect site

Intertidal Ecology Interns collecting transect data in a quadrat.


Photo of a group of students in the intertidal zone down by the water's edge

Field site on the south end of Appledore Island.


Photo of a student in the intertidal zone with a transect quadrat

In the field, quadrat in hand.


To apply:

The 2019 application deadline has passed.

  • Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.
  • Request two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor/faculty member. The second can be from a graduate student TA or employer.
  • Undergraduates in all majors may apply.
  • Priority is given to students who have previous SML experience.

Email Dr. David Buck