Seabird Ecology and Conservation
Shoals Marine Laboratory seeks a motivated undergraduate researcher to investigate questions of seabird ecology and conservation on the Isles of Shoals. Seabirds are valuable indicators of ecosystem processes and ocean health, as they can inform us about a diversity of aspects of the marine environment upon which they rely. Shoals Marine Laboratory is located amidst a diverse community of nesting seabirds (including gulls, terns, and alcids), providing an ideal environment to study seabirds and their interactions with the marine environment. The Seabird Ecology and Conservation Undergraduate Researcher will work closely with Shoals Marine Laboratory and external mentors to conduct field research on questions related to seabird diet, foraging behavior and movement, exposure to environmental contaminants (e.g., plastic), and basic ecology and physiology.
The researcher will gain hands-on experience in field collection and observational methods as well as laboratory techniques, and assist in other ongoing seabird research projects. The researcher will be a part of the larger Shoals Undergraduate Research Group cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.
Appropriate coursework in wildlife ecology and/or ornithology preferred. Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Field Ornithology, Field Animal Behavior, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.
Dr. Jennifer Seavey (Executive Director, SML)
Dr. Liz Craig (Tern Conservation Program Manager, SML)
Dr. Gemma Clucas (Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University)
Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2020 (10 weeks)
SML Research Symposium: August 8, 2020
Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Researchers are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.
One researcher will be selected.