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Socioeconomics in National Marine Sanctuaries

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NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) conducts socioeconomic research & monitoring for 14 sites that it manages.  Not all sites have been studied to date. The ONMS Socioeconomic web site is currently being updated to add sites for which we now have significant information http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/socioeconomic/welcome.html.

In 2014, we have several significant projects underway which could provide valuable experience for an intern.  Our project sponsored by the U.S. EPA to estimate the recreation-tourism value of Puerto Rico’s coral reef system is now underway with the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez.  We are designing the surveys which are scheduled to start in June 2014.  We are in the process of estimating the recreational fishing use our four sanctuaries in California and will estimate the economic impact of this activity on local county economies.  This will result in five peer reviewed papers that will be posted on the ONMS Socioeconomic web site and be ONMS Conservation Series reports.  We are also working on our Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and will be building a tool to evaluate boundary expansion and research only area alternatives.  In our Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, we are putting together information and tools to assess changes in regulations, with special focus on changes in zoning regulations.  Each of the above projects will be active this summer.

Skills Required

Use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
Experience with statistical software is not required but preferred. We will train interns on the use of SAS.
We use ARC GIS, but again it is not a requirement, but we are willing to train interns in the use of this software which is critical in some of our analyses of spatial use.
Some class work and/or research in natural resource/environmental economics.
Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

Other Information

Internship Location: Silver Spring, MD
1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, 11th floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Intern Supervisor: Bob Leeworthy / Number of slots available: 1

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