Land–based influences on the ecology of coastal freshwater and marine ecosystems in Puget Sound
Summary / Description
As more and more people move to coastal environments, understanding how urban development affects natural ecosystems is among the most fundamental conservation and management challenges facing people in the US and worldwide. You will join a collaborative group of scientists who study how land development patterns surrounding a set of 12 watersheds in Puget Sound, WA, affect a suite of ecosystem properties (e.g. biodiversity, primary productivity, secondary productivity) in riverine and nearshore marine communities.
We are particularly interested in understanding the link between urbanization of river systems and the coastal marine environment. We hope to involve students to help with collection of data in the field and with the quantification of a variety of ecosystem metrics in the lab.
Understanding how ecosystem functioning changes with biodiversity across a gradient of rural to urban watersheds is a foremost priority. The specifics of the internship will depend on the interests of the student(s).
Willingness to work outdoors, in streams and in the marine intertidal, as well as in the lab and at a microscope. General laboratory skills are helpful. Ability to work as part of a research team. Familiarity with Microsoft Office. Desire to change the world a plus.
Internship Location: NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA
Intern Supervisor: Jameal Samhouri / Number of slots available: 2