Fisheries Research Programs

There are several Fisheries programs and projects that accept interns.  If interested, please apply for Fisheries Research Programs in your internship application, but specify one or several of the following programs or projects in your statement of interest.

Dr. Jim Locascio

Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program

This research program incorporates a variety of methods in partnership with other scientists to create innovative approaches to studying reproductive dynamics of fishes and juvenile populations. The principal technology used is acoustics and signal processing. Because fishes produce sound associated with courtship and spawning, acoustic recorders can be used to identify the timing and location where fish reproduce. This has important implications for conservation measures including the establishment of marine protected areas and other conservation strategies. A combination of acoustic methods is used to investigate the behavior of animals and sound underwater including passive acoustics, acoustic tags and receivers and SONAR. A variety of engineering approaches and genetics are complementary to this program’s research and creative thinking is encouraged! 

To apply, please select the Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement choice on the internship application and specify your interest in the Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program in your statement of interest.

Dr. Philip M. Gravinese

Crustacean Ecology

The Crustacean Ecology internship provide hands-on research experience on the behavior and ecology of coastal crustaceans (primarily stone crabs) with the majority of work occurring in a laboratory setting at Mote Laboratory in Sarasota. The goal of the crustacean ecology program is to identify the behavioral responses and tolerances of different life stages (embryo’s, larvae, post-larvae, and juveniles) to various anthropogenic stressors.

These internships are available for the summer and fall seasons. Interns who apply to this program will gain experience in the set-up and daily maintenance of a variety of experimental systems that are designed to precisely manipulate various anthropogenic stressors within coastal habitats. Interns will also be responsible for raising crustacean larvae to juvenile stages for use in a variety of experiments, and will also gain experience in various aquaculture practices. Daily tasks will include water chemistry sampling, maintenance of brood stock, animal husbandry, and maintaining larval rearing systems.

Most of this research is experimental and conducted under controlled laboratory conditions, however, there will be opportunities for limited zooplankton sampling in the field. The intern will therefore gain critical experience in experimental design, experimental system set-up, and data organization. Interns that are interested in data entry and analysis will have opportunities to learn a variety of statistical techniques during the internship. Additional skills interns may learn include larval identification and measurements. Interns interested in contributing toward manuscript preparation will also gain valuable experience in this essential skill. Internships are unpaid, and interns are responsible for finding and paying for their own accommodations. 

This internship may require the physical ability to lift 50 lbs to shoulder height, walk/work in difficult field environments, bend and stoop for prolonged periods of time, long hours in a laboratory setting. Typical hours are daily from 8am-5pm, with occasional long hours and weekends when larval rearing systems are operational. If interested, please specify Crustacean Ecology in your statement of interest.