Shark Bycatch Research Database Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2020

Time commitment:

12-16 Weeks

The Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program seeks an intern to conduct a thorough literature review on the topic of bycatch reduction in elasmobranchs. The intern will perform an exhaustive literature search and build a database to organize and catalog relevant papers. The intern will populate the database with information and data pulled from the literature.

This project will directly support the writing of a textbook chapter on Bycatch Reduction and Best-Practice Handling in Elasmobranchs for the Third Edition of Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives.

Planned topics for the chapter include: bycatch avoidance, best practices to reduce bycatch mortality, and fisheries management policy related to bycatch as these issues relate to elasmobranchs in both commercial and recreational fisheries globally. A smaller literature search will also be conducted on the public perception of sharks (e.g. in a general sense, relative to shark conservation, relative to keeping sharks in captivity). The intern will report to Dr. Jeff Kneebone, ACCOL Research Scientist, and Dr. John Mandelman, ACCOL Vice President and Chief Scientist.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform exhaustive literature search on bycatch reduction strategies for elasmobranchs
  • Build a searchable database to catalogue literature
  • Read and analyze peer-reviewed literature to input information into database
  • Work may be conducted on site at the New England Aquarium in Boston or remotely


  • Requires minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate study, completion of undergraduate degree preferred.
  • Strong academic background in biology, marine biology, fisheries or vertebrate zoology/physiology required.
  • A demonstrated interest in marine biology, fisheries science and/or applied fish physiology preferred.
  • Previous experience with literature searches preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand peer-reviewed literature pertaining to biology, marine biology, or fisheries science required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Must be highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
  • Mastery of basic Microsoft Office platforms, especially Excel, required.
  • Experience with citation management software strongly preferred.

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 through 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, caring and action.

Department Description:

The Cold Marine staff support the New England Aquarium’s mission to protect the blue planet by creating and maintaining exhibits that encourage the public to care about the ocean and to become involved in conservation.

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