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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Intern (USVI)

Posted on: 03/30/2017
Research Area(s): Internships / Research

Summary / Description

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. This integrated approach will consolidate monitoring of coral reefs under a uniform method in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. NCRMP is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and supported by NOAA”s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and many other partners. This component of the work will support the status and trends monitoring of coral reef ecosystems in the US Virgin Islands.

The intern will work in collaboration with scientists from NOAA/NCCOS, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), and the University of the Virgin Islands to provide field work support and data management for the monitoring program. The data are important for broad scale status and trends for the entirety of US coral reef ecosystems, but also provide broad spatial context for local monitoring being conducted by territorial and other federal agencies. The intern will specifically work on photo organization and labeling resulting from in water surveys, which will include training in reef benthic and fish identification. The intern will also work with scientists to link the photos in ArcGIS to the survey site level. The intern will receive training in NCRMP methods and may participate in field work if appropriate (status as an AAUS diver is required if the intern is to participate in actual surveys)

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participate in NCRMP training
  2. Be responsible for photo organization and labeling.
  3. Learn methods and link photos in ArcGIS.
  4. Submit a final report at the end of the internship reflecting on what the intern learned.

Skills Required

  1. University of the Virgin Islands undergraduate student (freshman or sophomore status)
  2. Familiarity with coral reef habitats and reef fish
  3. Experience with MS Excel
  4. Good work ethic
  5. Ability to provide own transportation to/from UVI”s MacLean Marine Science Center.


UVI's MacLean Marine Science Center

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Sarah Hile
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