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2019 GCE Undergraduate Summer Internships


The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Program (GCE LTER) is looking for undergraduate interns for summer 2019. 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 Friday, February 15, 2019. The deadline for applications is 05:00 PM EDT on Friday, March 1, 2019. For more information on these opportunities, please contact Kristin McNair at kfmcnair@uga.edu.

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Internship Opportunities based on Sapelo Island


Species diversity and biomass in coastal marsh communities. Advisor: Dr. Steven Pennings. The intern will assist in sampling plant and invertebrate communities across a variety of community types in the GCE domain to explore how relationships between species diversity and biomass change with abiotic conditions such as salinity and flooding. Data will be submitted to a global database exploring these relationships in plant communities around the world. The intern will also sample 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. The position will involve extensive field work, sometimes under difficult conditions. The intern will work be exposed to techniques in community and ecosystems ecology, will interact with a variety of GCE personnel, and attend weekly research seminars. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for 8-10 weeks during May-August 2019; housing will be provided. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Salt marsh resilience to disturbance. Advisor: Dr. Christine Angelini. The intern will work on several projects designed to evaluate the effects of different types of disturbances on salt marsh biodiversity and ecosystem functions. This will include helping to maintain and monitor a manipulative disturbance field experiment, measuring plant, soil and animal properties in the lab and helping to sample nekton found in the marsh and analyze their gut contents. The position will involve extensive field work, sometimes under difficult conditions. The intern will interact with a variety of GCE personnel and students in the Angelini lab and will attend weekly research seminars. The position will be based on Sapelo Island, GA for 8-10 weeks during May-August 2019; housing will be provided. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Using drone and satellite imagery to study coastal wetland community structure and health. Advisor: Dr. John Schalles. Interns will train to fly DJI drones to acquire repetitive imagery of salt marsh sites and exploratory imagery in brackish and freshwater tidal marshes and swamp forests. Interns will also be trained in software to process and analyze the imagery. Ground survey work in these habitats will support imagery analysis and interpretation of observed patterns. Particular emphasis will be placed on (1) spatial and temporal patterns of disturbance damage and recovery and (2) extrapolation and scaling of community structure to the coarser spatial resolution but much greater spatial coverage of two Earth Observing Satellites (USGS Landsat 8 OLI and ESA Sentinel 2). Coursework in remote sensing and/or geographic information systems helpful but not required. Two positions are available, based at the University of Georgia Marine Institute (housing provided) for 8-10 weeks within the period of late May to early August. These positions are open to all undergraduate students, including graduating seniors.

Field assistant in coastal science. Supervisor: Jacob Shalack (GCE LTER lead technician). The intern will work as a general assistant to the GCE technicians on Sapelo Island. Duties may include assisting in water quality sampling, plant and invertebrate 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 based in Athens, GA

Controls on intertidal marsh soil temperature. Advisor: Dr. Christof Meile. The intern will work with Dr. Meile on a model to predict soil temperature across an elevational gradient in a salt marsh environment. The goal is to understand the processes and their controls of soil temperature, and ultimately explore the relationship of soil temperature and marsh plant productivity. The work will include the refinement of a conceptual model, the implementation of this model in MATLAB, and the identification of suitable data to force the model. Simulations will be carried out and compared to a limited set of observational data. The position will be based in Athens GA, for a period of 8-10 weeks. Students are responsible for their own housing in Athens. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Internship Opportunities based in Bloomington, IN

Effects of Predator Exclusion on Decomposition and Carbon (C) Cycling. Advisor: Dr. Christopher Craft. The intern will measure decomposition in the Predator Exclusion Experiment (Predex) using a standard method (the Tea Bag Index) to characterize both the rate and stable fraction of decomposing organic matter. Soil respiration will be measured in situ using an infrared gas (CO2) analyzer. Measurements of soil bulk density and organic C will be made to characterize changes in C stocks in response to the treatments. The position will be based at Indiana University Bloomington for 8-10 weeks from May to August and will entail several field excursions to Sapelo Island to deploy/retrieve bags and measure soil respiration and soil C. The position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Internship Opportunities based in Savannah, GA

Carbonate Chemistry Dynamics. Advisor: Dr. Chris Hintz. The intern will work with Dr. Hintz to conduct field measurements of carbonate chemistry at the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems site during summer 2019, and to follow up with laboratory analyses in Dr. Hintz’ lab at Savannah State University. The goal is to conduct high temporal resolution analysis of the carbonate system within tidal creeks in order to evaluate an important source of uncertainty in the carbon budget of coastal marshes. The student will participate in field sampling and gain experience with measurements of water chemistry, including pH, nutrients, and dissolved inorganic carbon. The position will be based in Savannah, GA with approximately 2 weeks in residence on Sapelo Island. Students are responsible for their own housing in Savannah. The entire internship will run for 8-10 weeks. This position is open to all undergraduate students, including graduating seniors.

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, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. 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.