Note: For summer 2022, we are planning in-person research experiences. 


About REGS:

  • Application deadline: April 8
  • Eligibility: Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  • Participants receive a $10,000 stipend throughout the duration of the program.
  • Mote’s Research Experience for Graduate Students has funded two graduate research internship positions annually since 2019.  

Two positions available for summer 2022 in the following research areas:

Option 1 - Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program

Project Title: Loggerhead hatchling sex ratios on the Gulf of Mexico and temperature profiles of Sarasota Florida beaches

Project Objective: The primary objective of this study is to assess how loggerhead hatchling sex ratios fluctuate over the course of the season coupled with temperature data to determine what temperatures produce these ratios. We will use a new technique to identify hatchling sex from a less invasive blood sample.

Project Methods & Graduate Student Role: The project presented here aims to evaluate how in situ nest temperatures fluctuate over the nesting season, thus influencing loggerhead hatchling sex ratios. Nests will be assessed on multiple beaches within the Sarasota region to identify how temperatures differ on individual beaches. Further, we will define the primary sex ratio for this highly productive rookery on the Gulf of Mexico by utilizing a new technique.

Option 2 - Coral Restoration Program

Project Title: Analyzing the past decade of Mote’s staghorn coral restoration data to characterize success, optimize outplant survival, and identify resilient coral genotypes.

Project Objective: The goal of the present project is to analyze all of Mote’s data from the last decade of outplanting staghorn coral to create a stand-alone publication highlighting Mote’s efforts. This product will provide insight into Mote’s coral survival rates and also coral health condition across tens of restoration sites, with thousands of outplants, in the Florida Keys using Mote-sourced coral genotypes.

Project Methods and Graduate Student Role: The graduate student will lead the efforts associated with data curation, analysis, manuscript creation, and publication within a peer-reviewed journal. Steps associated with this process include establishing meetings and cross-coordinating with Mote staff to ensure the long-term data is appropriately provided with the necessary quality assurance and quality control activities. Additionally, any environmental data will be curated, cross validated, and placed within the spatial and temporal context along with Mote’s staghorn data. An analysis plan will be developed with the graduate student, their advisor, and key Mote staff members ensuring appropriate hypotheses are tested using the identified statistical and modeling approaches deemed priority for conducting. Analyses will be conducted by the graduate student and discussed during bi-weekly meetings with the team. Finally a draft manuscript will be created with input provided by Mote staff. This manuscript will be submitted to a high profile peer-reviewed journal for publication.

Application Process

Please visit mote.smapply.org and select the Research Experience for Graduate Students Program.

Applicants will receive notification by late April.

Questions?

Email your questions to: intern@mote.org