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. Ryan Schloesser

Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement

The Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement internship provides research experience on the ecology of estuarine fishes (primarily snook) using a combination of laboratory techniques and field sampling in Sarasota Bay. Field sampling activities apply quantified stratified sampling with seine nets, monitoring of water quality and habitat features, and maintenance of our PIT tag antenna arrays.  The goal of the field sampling is to recapture wild and hatchery-reared fishes that were tagged with coded-wire tags, PIT tags, and elastomers. Laboratory activities include processing recaptured specimens and their otoliths for life-history information, primarily age and growth. Interns interested in data entry and analysis will have the opportunity to learn a variety of linear modeling and statistical techniques. Interns may also have the opportunity to contribute to research projects at the Mote Aquaculture Park and gain experience in animal husbandry with the Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture program.

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. Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional long hours and weekends.

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.

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 that may include elevated but not limited to temperature, ocean acidification, or hypoxia. We are also interested in determining the crustacean responses to other stressors like red tide which will involve gaining some ecotoxicology experimental experience.

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 zooplankton and animal collection in the field. The intern will also 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. If interested, please specify Crustacean Ecology in your statement of interest.