The Coral Health and Disease Program focuses on the susceptibility and resilience of corals to major stressors such as climate change, ocean acidification, and disease. Coral disease is one of the greatest threats to reefs around the world, causing catastrophic losses when outbreaks occur. Research may include conducting wetlab exposure experiments, laboratory assays and molecular research, and computer-based data retrieval and analyses. Daily duties will include care and maintenance of wetlab space and participation in currently funded research projects. Interns will become familiar with command-driven computer programs such as R and develop basic biological statistics skills. Laboratory assays may include DNA extractions, PCR, DGGE, photophysiology, and morphometric analyses of coral health states. Opportunities to conduct field work will be minimal.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional long hours and weekends.