Coral Restoration: Grazers URE (Keys)

Internship Mentors: Katie Bozza and Dr. Jason Spadaro

The Grazers team, part of the Coral Reef Restoration Research Program, focuses on ecosystem level interactions, primarily researching herbivores and their ability to remove algae from degraded reefs. Another goal of the Grazers team is to develop the best methods for culturing Caribbean King Crabs. During this internship, the participants will gain skills for herbivore husbandry, working primarily with crabs and urchins, and will be responsible for daily husbandry. They will also gain hands-on research experience studying larval development, aquaculture practices, and species interactions. This internship will involve field work, primarily snorkeling from shore and from boat. Participants must be competent swimmers, able to work in adverse weather conditions, and able to lift 50 pounds. Participants may have to work outside of the regular work week. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to build their husbandry knowledge and gain research experience.