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2024 GCE Undergraduate Summer Internships


The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Program (GCE LTER) is looking for undergraduate interns for summer 2024. Some opportunities are limited to students who have not yet graduated. All interns will be paid a stipend equivalent to $14/hr. Most internships last ~8 weeks between May and August. However, start and end dates are flexible based on the schedule of the intern and supervisor. Please read the position descriptions carefully as some positions have different requirements, dates, and/or locations.


The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday, March 3, 2024. For more information on these opportunities, please contact Io Hennessy at io.hennessy@uga.edu.

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The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

 

Field assistant in coastal science. Supervisor: John Williams (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. On a daily basis, the intern will report to John Williams and the other GCE technicians. 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 ~8 weeks during May-August; housing will be provided and travel expenses to Sapelo Island will be reimbursed. This position is open to all undergraduate students, including graduating seniors.

Biophysical model data processing assistant. Supervisor: Dr. Deepak Mishra (University of Georgia). The goal of this project is to examine the drivers and spatio-temporal trends in salt marsh belowground net primary production (BNPP). Belowground biomass samples and PhenoCam flood analysis will aid in tuning a remote sensing-based biomass model for Sapelo Island and other coastal marshes. The intern will work as part of a team to assist with the processing of salt marsh plant belowground biomass samples for physical and chemical analysis. The intern will prepare samples for both dry weight analysis as well as total nitrogen and total carbon analysis. The intern should be comfortable with spending multiple hours outside in contact with water to process belowground biomass samples. The intern will also aid in image processing with data from the PhenoCam network. Experience with laboratory work is desirable but not required. The position will be based in Athens, GA for ~8 weeks during May-August 2024. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Predator-prey dynamics in ephemeral habitats. Supervisor: Dr. Jeb Byers (University of Georgia). The intern will help study how access to ephemeral habitat alters predator-prey dynamics. The intern will participate in GCE related field monitoring of salt marsh macroinvertebrates, creekbank erosion, and lab and field experiments to better understand processes controlling responses to marsh dieback, creekbank slumping, and trophic responses to predators. On a daily basis, the intern will report to Matt Pierce, a PhD student. The intern should be comfortable with long days in the field (up to 12 hours or more depending on tides) and have the ability to carry 40 lbs or more. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is desirable but not necessary. Experience with small boats is desirable but not required. The intern will be based on Sapelo Island, Georgia for ~8 weeks during May-August 2024. Housing will be provided at the UGA Marine Institute. Reasonable travel expenses to Sapelo Island will be reimbursed. This position is limited to students who have not yet graduated.

Recovery from disturbance in intertidal marshes. Supervisor: Dr. Steven Pennings (University of Houston). The intern will assist with monitoring three experiments in intertidal marshes that are designed to understand factors that affect marsh recovery from disturbance. This will include sampling marsh soils, plants and invertebrates; and some laboratory work processing soil and plant samples. On a daily basis, the intern will report to Steve Pennings and his graduate students. The intern should be comfortable with long days in the field and have the ability to carry 40 lbs or more. The position will be based on Sapelo Island for ~8 weeks during May-August; housing will be provided and travel expenses to Sapelo Island will be reimbursed. This position is open to all undergraduate students, including graduating seniors.

Validating remote sensing data. Supervisor: Dr. John Schalles (Creighton University). The intern will work as part of a team to perform a combination of field, laboratory, and computer workstation tasks that collectively provide “ground-truth” field survey data. We use this data to calibrate and validate remote sensing-based estimates and mapping of (1) salt marsh vegetation biomass and health, and (2) phytoplankton chlorophyll, colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM), and particulate suspended matter concentrations in estuaries and nearshore waters. The remote sensing imagery platforms for this work are GCE’s drone-collected 5 cm resolution, 5-band Altum imagery at our Dean Creek and Belle Marsh sites at Sapelo Island, Creighton’s new 5-band DJI P4 Multispectral drone imagery of intertidal and tidal waterways, VENus VM5 (France/Israel project) cube-sat daily 4 m resolution 12-band imagery, and new and archival USGS Landsat (30 m resolution) and European Space Agency Sentinel (10 m resolution) multiband imagery. Interns will receive training in geospatial software for imagery acquisition, processing, and analysis (L3Harris ENVI and Pix4D Capture and Mapper), drone field operations, marsh vegetation survey techniques, and boat-based water sampling and optical measurements. The position will be based on Sapelo Island for ~8 weeks during June and July; housing will be provided, and travel expenses to Sapelo Island will be reimbursed. 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.