There are several Ocean Acidification program locations and projects that accept interns. If interested, please apply for the Ocean Acidification Program in your internship application, but specify the program location or project in your statement of interest.
Ocean Acidification Program at IC2R3 - Dr. Emily Hall
The Ocean Acidification program at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3) focuses on characterizing the physiological effects of changing ocean chemistry on marine organisms found within coral reef and coastal ecosystems. While at the IC2R3 located in Summerland Key, Florida, interns will participate in designing, setting up, and maintaining experiments within our state of the art outdoor Climate and Acidification Ocean Simulator (CAOS) water system. Interns will gain experience in coral and marine organism husbandry, in addition to learning techniques for measuring and analyzing seawater carbonate chemistry, water quality, and animal physiology. Research activities will vary depending on parameters of current and future projects, but may concentrate on photosynthetic/respiratory rates, calcification rates, and/or photochemical efficiency. Interns will become familiar with the complex relationships and interactions between ocean pH, temperature, dissolved inorganic carbon, and alkalinity of seawater through collaborative experimentation and scientific literature review/discussion. Interns will work alongside Paul Leingang (Staff Chemist) and Amanda Quasunella (Ocean Acidification Technician) all under the direction of Dr. Emily R. Hall (Program Manager). College students with chemistry laboratory experience are preferred. Internships are available year round and will last three months, with the possibility of extension. Hours are typically Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm, with occasional long hours and weekends. Housing is sometimes available in dormitory housing (shared rooms – no pets allowed) at our Summerland Key facility for a reasonable rate. However, when the facility is full, interns will be responsible for finding their own off-site housing. Interns must also have their own transportation.