Ecotoxicology URE

Internship Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Toyoda

Mote’s Ecotoxicology Program studies how natural toxins and man-made chemicals affect the health of marine ecosystems, wildlife, and humans. Research projects seek to understand and to mitigate the harm caused by environmental contaminants. Ecotoxicology combines chemistry, biology, and ecology and interns may gain experience in performing chemical extractions, experimental exposures of marine organisms, red tide mitigation product testing, toxicity assays, molecular assays, and cell culture assays. Both wet lab and bench work will be required, field sampling may be involved. Please note the majority of research activities are carried out at the Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP); a satellite site located in eastern Sarasota County, Florida, approximately 17 miles from the main laboratory.