The Coral Health and Disease program is located at two locations. If interested, please apply for Coral Health and Disease Program in your internship application, but specify one or several of the following program locations or projects in your statement of interest.
Diseases of Marine Invertebrates – Dr. Abigail Clark
Approximately 97% of all animal species are invertebrates and it is estimated that several million additional invertebrate species are yet to be described. Likewise, the diversity of diseases of marine invertebrates is vast and growing. In 2000, Panulirus argus Virus 1 (PaV1) was identified as the causative agent of disease in the Caribbean spiny lobster, Panulirus argus. PaV1 is the only known virus to naturally infect any species of lobster worldwide. My research interests involve various aspects of the disease ecology of PaV1, including interactions between this lethal virus and the marine environment. Recently, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), an emergent marine disease capable of infecting many species of Caribbean scleractinian corals, has wrought havoc along the Florida Reef Tract and in several other areas around the Caribbean region. Like PaV1, SCTLD is lethal and knowledge gaps around its natural history and ecology are numerous.
Interns participating in these projects will be based at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) located on Summerland Key, FL. Daily tasks will vary with each project, but will generally include basic laboratory maintenance (e.g., cleaning glassware, operating an autoclave), animal husbandry (e.g., maintaining tanks, monitoring water quality), and the processing of biological samples using molecular techniques (e.g., DNA extractions, qPCR). Lifting heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.) and snorkeling will occasionally be required. Student interns will have numerous and various opportunities for professional and academic development.
Interested applicants should indicate “Diseases of Marine Invertebrates” as their preferred program in their statements of interest.
Coral Resilience – Chelsea Petrik and Dr. Erinn Muller
Primary responsibilities will consist of working in an outdoor wet lab system involving coral resilience research projects. Primary duties often include completing daily water quality measurements, coral-based health assessments, and coral related husbandry. In addition, working within a dry Laboratory space to complete physiological assessments on corals may also occur. Opportunities to adopt a small project may also be possible if working with preserved samples when available. Applicants must be willing to learning new software/programs, as needed, and become familiar with current data entry protocols. Data analysis and data interpretation are a possibility, given prior experience. Some weekend work is required. Ideally a candidate would have knowledge of basic experimental sampling/design skills and basic animal husbandry methods. Strong organizational, communication, and planning skills are critical. There will be opportunities to attend outreach and work-related events.
This non-paid internship positon is based in Summerland Key, Florida, USA. Working hours are full-time, approx. 9 am to 5 pm, with one hour lunch break. Some late hours and weekend work may be required. Applicants must have a positive attitude while being self-motivated, reliable, and display strong core characteristics that would align with Mote Marine Laboratory’s mission. This position involves working in humid outdoor work spaces, maintaining high safety standards while in aquaria and within the Molecular/Microbiology Laboratory spaces at MML, and working closely with diverse backgrounds. The applicant should be prepared to multi task, think critically, and readily solve problems.
Interested applicants should indicate “Coral Resilience” as their preferred program in their statement of interest.