Research Internship - Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS)



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The Research Internship is open to early career scientists in the fields of marine biology and ecology, marine mammal population ecology and behavior, veterinary sciences, and conservation. Interns will primarily assist in the Institute’s Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program in collecting and processing photographs of bottlenose dolphins in the Mississippi Sound as well as other research projects at IMMS that may involve species such as: bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, oysters, and seagrasses. Interns will also participate in other diverse operations at IMMS when needs arrive, including: assisting the stranding department, veterinary research, aquaria maintenance and animal care (bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, rays, starfish, birds, reptiles, etc.), and marine education and conservation. You must commit to a minimum of twelve weeks, Monday through Friday. Intern duties will include data entry, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-ID fin images, learning to use photo-ID programs such as finFindR (fin matching software), FinBase (Microsoft Access) ArcGIS and Adobe Bridge, collect photograph-based data and enter it into Microsoft Excel, boat based field research (21’ boat), and completing an assigned project by the end of internship.

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