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  • Seabird Ecology and Conservation Internship for Undergraduates

    Elizabeth Craig
    • Employer: Shoals Marine Laboratory
      Location: Appledore Island, ME
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Seabird Ecology and Conservation Internship for Undergraduates

    Project Overview: Shoals Marine Laboratory seeks a motivated undergraduate researcher to investigate questions of seabird ecology and conservation on the Isles of Shoals. Seabirds are valuable indicators of ecosystem processes and ocean health, as they can inform us about a diversity of aspects of the marine environment upon which they rely. Shoals Marine Laboratory is located amidst a diverse community of nesting seabirds (including gulls, terns, wading birds and alcids), providing an ideal environment to study seabirds and their interactions with the marine environment. Seabird Ecology and Conservation Undergraduate Researchers work closely with Shoals Marine Laboratory and external mentors to conduct field research on a specific project. 2023 topics include:

    • Diet and breeding behavior of Black Guillemots
    • Use of UAVs in seabird monitoring and research
    • Evaluating camera technologies to study breeding behavior of long-legged wading birds (egrets, ibis, and herons)
    • Diet analysis of the Roseate Tern

    Each researcher will gain hands-on experience in a range of field collection and observational methods by working as part of the field team for all seabird research topics. The researcher will also be a part of the larger Shoals Undergraduate Research Group cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.

    Prerequisites: Appropriate coursework in wildlife ecology and/or ornithology preferred. Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Field Ornithology, Field Animal Behavior, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.

    Project Mentors:

    • Dr. Liz Craig (Director of Seabird Science, SML)
    • Dr. Gemma Clucas (Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University)

    Dates: June 5 - August 14, 2023

    SML Research Symposium: Saturday, August 12, 2023

    Stipend: $210/week

    Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Researchers are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.

    2 -3 undergraduate researchers will be selected.

    To Apply: visit www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/research/undergraduate-research-opportunities/seabird-ecology-conservation-internship

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

    Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.

    Request two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor/faculty member. The second can be from a graduate student TA or employer.

    Undergraduates in all majors may apply.

    Prior relevant field/lab experience preferred but not required.

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