Podcast: Summer vocation: Undergraduate turned scientist

School’s out for the summer — some students might take a vacation, but a select 10 college students have found their summer vocation at Mote: a 10-week independent research experience. Mote’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, has educated and trained more than 150 aspiring scientists since 2003. In this episode, Dr. Cathy Walsh, REU Coordinator and Senior Scientist at Mote, and REU intern Hery Rios-Guzman from Puerto Rico join hosts Joe and Hayley for an inside look at the way top students pursue their research passions with help from a mentoring scientist. What skills does a young scientist need to learn? What advice do Walsh and Rios have for next year’s applicants? And how does Rios’ interest in veterinary medicine relate to his summer study subject, coral reefs? Tune in!

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Protect marine life on July 4 and year-round

As July 4 approaches and community members plan their celebrations on local waters and beaches, Mote Marine Laboratory reminds boaters and beachgoers to respect and protect marine animals.

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Mote scientists tag two whale sharks off southwest Florida

Thanks to whale shark sightings reported by the public off the southwest Florida coast in early June, scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory located five of the polka-dotted, filter-feeding giants and tagged two of them with tracking devices on the afternoon of June 14.

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July 6-8: Hunt and taste invasive fish at Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, an environmentally friendly event that invites scuba divers to harvest this invasive species, and allows the public to taste delicious lionfish dishes prepared by top local chefs. The derby will take place from July 6-8 based at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

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July 25-28: Shark Days at Mote

Sharks are awesome — and so is the science that helps us understand them! Join us for the fourth annual Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. From July 25-28, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will feature an array of family events and activities centered around these amazing animals.

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