Aquarium Sciences & Animal Care: Fish & Invertebrate Department 

Mote Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship

Mote Aquarium is a gateway to the ocean, featuring hundreds of marine animal species and windows into Mote Marine Laboratory, where real scientific research happens. The Aquarium is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

The Aquarium features a 135,000-gallon shark habitat, coral reefs and other ecosystem displays teeming with diverse fishes, cool crustaceans and gracefully drifting sea jellies.

For more about Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, click here.

Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.

As Aquarium Biologists at an AZA-accredited facility, we are constantly improving our animal care and breeding techniques. The Aquarium Biology Department cleans exhibits, prepares food and feeds exhibits, provides training and enrichment for resident animals, tests water quality parameters, maintains life support systems, makes exhibit/animal observations and keeps accurate records.

Fish and invertebrate breeding is at the heart of Mote Aquarium’s conservation efforts. The Aquarium’s Fish and Invertebrate Department currently breeds over 10 different species of fishes and invertebrates, including jellies, cleaner shrimp, and seahorses. We strive to inspire our visitors and increase our aquaculture efforts to decrease our impact on wild animal populations.

Please note: This page and its subpages describe one of our Mote Research Experiences for Undergraduates internships, which provide a stipend. To check for other (unpaid) college internships in this field, please return to the College Internship Program Overview

Program Mentor

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Amanda Felix


Meet the Team

 Morgan Jewell

Matt Wade

Rachel Ayala

Amy Debrick

Jenna Carpenter




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