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.