Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles The eastern Aegean region is home to a large number of marine mammals which are classified either as at risk or data deficient. This habitat is in desperate need of protection, as it is subjected to a wide range of anthropogenic threats.
REU participants are paired with Mote scientists and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor's expertise. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide research symposium.
Participants attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.
The Mote REU Program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students per year. Conduct mentored research projects under the direction of a Mote scientist.
Gain experience in the development of research plans by completing a research proposal. Gain experience in oral presentation of scientific data by presenting their research results in a laboratory-wide poster presentation.
Attend research seminars on ocean science presented by graduate students from several Florida universities. Learn about opportunities for graduate study, careers in marine science, and communication skills in science by participating in student workshops.
The specific project each REU student will undertake will be determined after the student's acceptance. The following mentors will be participating in the REU session: Potential projects include the effects of OA and CC on corals, bivalves, or other important marine organisms. REU students will predominantly be working with one of two OA and CC testing facilities, assisting with field collection of samples, data entry, and laboratory analysis.
Some travel to the Summerland Key field station might be required. Students with a chemistry background preferred. One student will be selected for this research experience. REU students will have opportunities to learn aspects of phytoplankton culture, identification and enumeration, bioassay techniques, light and fluorescent microscopy, field sampling of phytoplankton communities and data analysis techniques.
Erinn Muller, Coral Health and Disease Program This program focuses on understanding susceptibility and resilience of corals to major global threats such as climate change, ocean acidification and disease as well as local impacts. Specifically, coral disease is one of the greatest threats to reefs around the world and disease dynamics within our oceans are still poorly understood.
Walsh is an immunologist who conducts basic research related to innate and acquired immune function in marine organisms. She also conducts applied research geared towards developing bioindicators of immune compromise associated with exposure to environmental and anthropogenic stressors and marine natural products derived from elasmobranch fish.
Past REU students have worked on projects related to effects of algal toxin exposure on immune function in valuable marine vertebrates Florida manatee, sea turtles, and sharks and also on human immune function.
Research projects are primarily laboratory-based and involved studies on cellular effects of algal toxins or other stressors on basic cellular functions.
Additionally, past projects have also investigated cellular effects of proteins isolated from shark immune cells on target tumor cells. Walsh has mentored a total of 15 REU students since Interns will assist in responding to stranding calls, documenting stranding events and collecting samples and data.
Interns will also assist researchers and program staff with other projects, such as sample processing, assisting in the Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection and general maintenance of stranding equipment. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins within southwest Florida estuaries and Gulf of Mexico coastal waters.
For more information about the SDRP, please visit: REU students will participate in long-term studies focused on monitoring local dolphin communities and their prey. However, students should expect to spend most of their time in the lab working with data and photographs. Specific projects will be determined based upon student interests and current research priorities.
Andrea Tarnecki and Dr. Nicole RhodyMarine Aquaculture and Immunology This program includes the opportunity to perform research relating to fish husbandry and microbiology.
The goal of the research is aimed at increasing domestic aquaculture production to provide new sources of fish for human consumption and to restock species that are being depleted because of habitat destruction and overfishing.
At MAP, students will be involved in learning about all aspects of applied aquaculture, including husbandry; live-food culture; nutrition; health management; and maintenance of recirculating aquaculture systems.
Work at the main campus will explore the relationship between fish-associated microbes and fish health. Projects will involve occasional collection of field samples as well as collection from captive animals.Accumulation of plastic waste in the oceans has become a pressing issue.
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