Ocean Technology REU

Internship Mentor: John Langan

Join Mote’s Ocean Technology Research Program for an exciting journey into the world of cutting-edge marine science and technology! Our program harnesses innovative ocean technology to achieve interdisciplinary scientific objectives, emphasizing expertise in sensors, autonomous assets, field operations, and engineering. As a student in our program, you’ll actively contribute to projects that impact our local coastal environment, such as routine environmental monitoring in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico using advanced autonomous underwater vehicles known as Slocum gliders. These high-tech tools relay crucial measurements via satellite, including temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll-a fluorescence, CDOM fluorescence, and particle backscatter.

Our program is also at the forefront of ocean science by developing, producing, and deploying Programmable Hyperspectral Seawater Scanner (PHySS) instruments in coastal Southwest Florida. These instruments detect phytoplankton taxa, including the red tide-producing Karenia brevis. As a college student intern, you don’t need any prior technical experience. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds, offering guidance and training from our Ocean Instrument technicians, engineers, and scientists. Your role will include maintaining and deploying Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), data interpretation, and active participation in advanced ocean instrumentation processes. This internship is a chance to explore ocean exploration, regardless of your technical background. Join us, and let your curiosity and enthusiasm drive your journey into marine science and technology!