There are several Ocean Acidification programs and projects that accept interns. If interested, please apply for Ocean Acidification Program in your internship application, but specify one or several of the following programs or projects in your statement of interest.
Ocean Acidification Program at Mote Marine Lab Sarasota
The Ocean Acidification Program focuses on effects of changes in ocean pH levels and other variables (such as temperature and nutrient concentration) on organisms found in marine, costal, and estuarine ecosystems (coral reefs, seagrass beds, rocky reefs, etc.) and is comprised of a number of research focuses. Interns in the OA Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota will be working with Dr. Emily R. Hall on carbonate chemistry, animal physiology, water quality, experimental design and setup of an ocean acidification testing facility. This internship will be located at the ocean acidification testing facility (OASys) at the main lab in Sarasota, Florida and is available year-round and will last three months, with possibility of an extension. Research activities vary depending on current and future projects but may include setting up and maintaining indoor tank experiments in an ocean acidification experimental system, conducting field surveys via snorkel or SCUBA, sampling seawater chemistry in coastal ecosystems via boat or kayak, and analyzing seawater samples in the laboratory. Interns will become familiar with scientific literature and data analysis software programs and gain experience in preparation of scientific manuscripts. College students with chemistry laboratory experience preferred. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional long hours and weekends.
Ocean Acidification Program at IC2R3
The Ocean Acidification Program focuses on characterizing the physiological effects of changing ocean pH, as well as temperature and nutrient concentration, on marine organisms found within coral reef and coastal ecosystems. While at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3) in Summerland Key, Florida, interns will participate in designing, setting up, and maintaining experiments within an outside ocean acidification experimental water system (OAFTERU) and gain experience in coral and marine organism husbandry. Interns will learn techniques for measuring and analyzing seawater carbonate chemistry, water quality, and animal physiology (photosynthesis/respiration, calcification rates, photochemical efficiency). Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in field experiments that hope to identify possible ocean acidification refugia in the Lower Keys. Interns will become familiar with scientific literature and data analysis software programs and gain experience in preparation of scientific manuscripts.
- Interns in the OA Program at IC2R3 will work alongside Dr. Emily R. Hall and Lindsay Arick (Staff Chemist). College students with chemistry laboratory experience 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.