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Sentinel Site Monitoring to Understand Local Climate Change Impacts at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (OR)

Posted on: 02/28/2017
Research Area(s): Internships / General

Summary / Description


The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) established Sentinel Sites in the reserve to understand the local effects of sea level rise on tidal wetland plant communities, including emergent marshes and eelgrass beds. The intern will work closely with the Reserve science staff to collect field-based Sentinel Site project data including marsh and eelgrass biomonitoring, surface elevation, sediment accretion, groundwater level and estuary water level at several sites along the estuarine salinity gradient.

From this internship, the student will gain experience in field, laboratory, and office settings. The intern will gain knowledge of a variety of field equipment and techniques related to vegetation, sediment, and groundwater monitoring including: point intercept vegetation plot methods along transects, rod surface elevation tables (R-SETS), marsh feldspar horizon markers, mudflat accretion grids, estuary water level and groundwater level instruments, and groundwater well installation. This opportunity will also include data analyses, comparing data that are collected during this period with previously collected datasets, to characterize trends over time. The intern will collaborate with the Reserve science team, and be able to participate in other Reserve science and education projects as desired.


Skills Required

Skills Required

Interns should be: willing to work outside in potentially inclement weather; able to hike in mudflats and uneven marsh terrain to field sites carrying heavy field equipment; dependable and detail oriented to collect repetitive data that will contribute to long term national database; and, able to work both as part of a team and independently.  Experience with database and data analysis software (e.g. , MS Excel; MS Access) to complete data entry and trend analyses of datasets is preferred.


South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Estuarine and Coastal Science Laboratory, 63466 Boat Basin Rd. Charleston, OR 97420. The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 5,000 acre natural area located in the small, rural fishing village of Charleston, OR about eight miles from the towns of Coos Bay and North Bend. The Reserve science facility is located on the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) campus. The Reserve has hiking and water trails and is near several recreation areas including Cape Arago, Shore Acres, and Sunset Bay State Parks, and Bastendorff Beach.

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Intern Supervisor:
Jenni Schmitt
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