This program uses and develops technology for detecting, monitoring, and understanding Harmful Algal Blooms and their associated toxins using Optical Phytoplankton Discriminators (OPD), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), or in situ High-Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC). The intern should be prepared to participate in field deployment and recovery operations, analyze data collected by fixed and moving oceanographic platforms, and interpret these data in the context of coastal shelf dynamics. The opportunity also exists to improve these detection technologies; specifically, by improving the sensitivity and specificity of optical and chemical detection methods for phytoplankton discrimination or brevetoxin determination. With time and interest, the intern may also contribute to the design of new ocean technology outreach programs for high-school teachers and students. Experience in oceanography, chemistry, biology, or electrical or computer engineering is a must.