Grey Seal Photo Analysis Intern

Apply now for: Summer 2017
Time commitment: 2-3 Full Days per Week



Position Summary:

Shifts in phenology, or the timing of recurring life events, have been described as a “fingerprint” of temporal and spatial responses by biodiversity to climate change impacts. Thus phenology provides one of the strongest indicators of the adaptive capacity of organisms to cope with future environmental conditions. This project investigates how the timing and occurrence of a suite of highly migratory marine animals is changing due to a series of climatic and ecological drivers.
 
We seek an intern to assist with seal ecology research project, to work with our existing database of grey seal photographs that were collected for individual identification. The intern will assist in organizing photos and helping to identify individual seals. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, and some knowledge of Microsoft Access, is desired for this internship.
 

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Work with our existing database of grey seal photographs
  • Assist in organizing photos and helping to identify individual seals
  • Computer programming
  • Conducting research literature searches
  • Provide support to the researchers and staff on a daily basis
 
Skills/Qualifications:
 
  • Excitement around marine mammal ecology and oceanography
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and some knowledge of Microsoft Access is desired for this internship
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in marine science and data analysis

Program/Project Description:
 
Shifts in phenology, or the timing of recurring life events, have been described as a “fingerprint” of temporal and spatial responses by biodiversity to climate change impacts. Thus phenology provides one of the strongest indicators of the adaptive capacity of organisms to cope with future environmental conditions. This project investigates how the timing and occurrence of a suite of highly migratory marine animals is changing due to a series of climatic and ecological drivers.


Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits and education, conservation, and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance, and beauty of aquatic life and habitats and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience, seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community, adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship, and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, care, and action.

To Apply:

For Summer 2017: Please follow this link to begin your application.