Marine Ecology Internship

The Steneck lab is looking for summer interns interested in lobster biology and ecology. Successful candidates may assist in various projects including a multifaceted study of the American lobster along the coast of Maine and possibly ecological surveys for offshore wind energy projects.  The project involves a mix of field work, laboratory experiments, and data processing.  Field work will likely include a variety of scuba diving (for certified scuba divers), small boat operations, underwater video surveys with a tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sonar seafloor mapping equipment.  Lab experiments will be focused on lobster behavior and physiology of both larvae and juvenile/adults. Interns will analyze data from this and past years and as well as large datasets from Maine Department of Marine Resources and the National Marine Fisheries Service surveys.

Special preference will be given to students who are AAUS certified scuba divers however that qualification is not necessarily required for this internship. Experience with cold water diving, small boat operations, and/or data analysis in programs such as Excel, R, or ArcGIS/QGIS will also be viewed favorably.

The research will be based at the Darling Marine Center (the coastal marine laboratory for the University of Maine) and the position is planned to run from June through August. The internship includes a stipend ($12.75/hr).  We hope dormitory housing will be available at the DMC if possible, within COVID guidelines, otherwise alternative arrangements will be made.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to PhD student, Robert Jarrett ( Application review and selection is expected to begin in late March of 2022.


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