My research focuses on oyster larval settlement, distribution, and growth in a freshwater dominated and human influenced estuary. Mobile Bay has the 4th largest freshwater discharge in the U.S. and is influenced by anthropogenic wastewater released from wastewater treatment plants. One potential pathway for wastewater to travel is through the ship channel and out into Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The question that this project is directed at is: are larval oysters dispersing through the same flow patterns as wastewater and if so, are oysters settling in the same place that wastewater flows though. Applicants will assist graduate students and staff with various aspects of lab research aimed at studying pathogen and oyster larval flow in Mobile Bay and Eastern Mississippi Sound. Successful applicants will gain proficiency in stable isotope preparation, trace element analysis, larval identification, lab experiments, and data management. Applicants will be expected to help with crossover work on manatee tracking and equipment maintenance, marine mammal stranding response, manatee sighting report data entry, and chemical analysis of sediment, vegetation, and bivalve samples.
Undergraduates or recent graduates that majored in biology or a related discipline. Need to be able to dedicate 30 - 40 hours a week and be willing to work in unfavorable conditions. The majority of work is lab-based with the potential for field work involving long hours on a boat in various weather conditions, including heat/cold, humidity, and rain. Applicants should be detail oriented and comfortable with data management. This internship is unpaid and applicants are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation in Mobile/Dauphin Island, Alabama area. Applicants should be able to commit to 12-16 weeks, approximately June-August. We anticipate filling two intern positions.
Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest, current CV, and availability to start to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and end when positions are filled.