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Internship Opportunity

Tracking of Caribbean Corals Outplanted from Nurseries

Posted on: 01/29/2019

Summary / Description

There are seven species of Caribbean coral listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act. Two of those species, elkhorn coral and staghorn coral, are extensively cultured in coral nurseries for use in population enhancement and restoration activities, and other coral species are beginning to be cultured using emerging techniques. This project will track the numbers and locations of threatened corals outplanted on reefs from various nursery efforts. The intern will be responsible for populating a database with current outplant information, contacting nursery operators to fill in data gaps, quality control, and mapping outplant locations. There will also be opportunity to learn about coral restoration through participation in meetings of the Coral Restoration Consortium (see http://crc.reefresilience.org/ for more information on the consortium).

Skills Required

  • This position will require a self-starter with attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS desired.
  • Knowledge of Caribbean coral species a plus.
  • Suitable for both undergraduates or graduates


St. Petersburg, FL

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Mark Lamb
Number of Slots Available:
Is free housing available:
Can international students be placed:

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