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2018 GCE Undergraduate Internships


The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Program (GCE LTER) is looking for undergraduate interns for summer 2018 and the 2018-2019 academic year. Most opportunities are limited to students who have not yet graduated. All interns will be paid a stipend of $400/week. Most internships last 8 weeks from the beginning of June to the end of July. However, start and end dates are flexible based on the schedule of the intern and supervisor.

We will start reviewing applications Wednesday, March 5, 2018. The deadline for applications is 08:00 AM EDT on Monday, March 19, 2018. For more information on these opportunities, please contact Adam Sapp at asapp@uga.edu.

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Internship Opportunities for Summer 2018

Carbon storage in coastal marshes – Advisor: Dr. Clark Alexander. Measuring carbon storage along and within the Altamaha River drainage and associated marshes is of critical importance to developing an accurate budget for carbon burial in marsh environments. This project will collect sediment cores along the salinity gradient of the Altamaha River and at other locations within the GCE domain, and analyze them for age structure, texture and organic carbon content. Results will help inform a carbon sequestration budget for the GCE domain. The position will be based at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA for ~8 weeks during May-August 2018; housing will be available on-site but is not provided free of charge. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.


Effects of climate change on coastal marsh communities - Advisor: Dr. Steven Pennings. The intern will assist in sampling plant and invertebrate communities in two large experiments: SALTEx, which evaluates the response of freshwater marshes to saline intrusion caused by drought or sea-level rise, and the High Marsh Experiment, which evaluates the response of high marshes to freshwater input from the upland. In addition, the intern will assist with other community ecology projects. The intern will work with an interdisciplinary group and be exposed to techniques in geology, hydrology and ecology. The intern will also interact with a variety of GCE personnel and attend weekly research seminars. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for ~10 weeks during May-August 2018; housing will be provided. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.


Statistics and graphing in R – Advisor: Dr. Steven Pennings. The intern will use R to manipulate large data sets, calculate summary statistics, and graph data. The emphasis will be on long-term records of physical data (e.g., weather, water column salinity) and ecological communities. If desired, the intern will assist with collecting current year’s data for some of these variables so as to better understand the data sets. The intern will interact with a variety of GCE personnel and attend weekly research seminars. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for ~10 weeks during May-August 2018; housing will be provided. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated. Applicants should have a working familiarity with the R programming language but do not have to have advanced skills.


Using remote sensing and ground observations to assess intertidal vegetation habitat – Advisor: Dr. Christine Hladik. The intern will map intertidal vegetation habitat by (1) assisting in the collection of ground survey data on tidal marsh and forest vegetation characteristics and elevation, (2) processing and interpreting pre- and post-Hurricane Irma aerial images, and (3) creating image training and validation data for image analyses. The intern will gain practical field and laboratory experience in how to (1) identify, quantify, and analyze tidal marsh and forest vegetation both in the field and using aerial imagery, (2) collect, process, and analyze real time kinematic elevation data, and (3) map and analyze tidal marsh and forest vegetation spatial patterns using aerial imagery and image processing software. The position will be based at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA for ~10 weeks during May-August 2018, with field excursions to the GA coast. Housing will be provided on Sapelo Island during field work but not in Statesboro during laboratory work. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.


Community interactions in the salt marsh – Advisors: Dr. Christine Angelini and Dr. Brian Silliman. The intern will work on several projects designed to evaluate interactions among organisms that use the salt marsh. This will include helping to maintain and monitor an ongoing large-scale predator exclusion experiment, helping to sample nekton and analyze their gut contents, working on experiments that manipulate plant-consumer interactions, and other field work. The intern will interact with a variety of GCE personnel and attend weekly research seminars. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for ~10 weeks during May-August 2018; housing will be provided. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.


Field assistant in coastal science - Supervisor: Jacob Shalack (GCE LTER lead technician). The intern will spend up to two months as a general assistant to the GCE technicians on Sapelo Island. Duties may include assisting in water quality sampling, plant and invert monitoring, flux tower maintenance, helping a variety of research groups with field work, and light construction. This position will be primarily in the field, and will require strenuous physical activity and irregular hours. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for ~10 weeks during May-August 2018; housing will be provided. This position is open to all undergraduate students, including graduating seniors.

Internship Opportunities for the 2018/2019 Academic Year

Using remote sensing to document habitat shifts in intertidal vegetation – Advisor: Dr. Christine Hladik. The intern will evaluate habitat shifts of intertidal vegetation due to changes in the upstream intrusion of salt water by (1) processing and interpreting pre- and post-Hurricane Irma aerial images and (2) producing classified habitat maps using image analysis routines. The intern will gain practical laboratory experience in how to (1) identify, quantify, and analyze tidal marsh and forest vegetation using aerial imagery and (2) map and analyze tidal marsh and forest vegetation spatial patterns using aerial imagery and image processing software. The position will be based at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA during the 2018-2019 academic year. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Other possible opportunities

You may also read the research interests of our project investigators at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/app/personnel.asp. If any of our investigators are doing research that particularly interests you, there is a place on the application to indicate this. There is a possibility, but no guarantee, that an opportunity will open up with these researchers.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.