gulf of maine research institute internships 2022

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is a non-profit organization that provides research and science education in the waters of Maine’s Gulf of Maine. GMRI is proud to announce that its Science Education & Outreach (SEED) program has received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Educator grant.

Integrated studies in a rapidly warming fishery ecosystem

Understanding the impacts that climate change has on our coupled natural and human systems is one of the foremost challenges of our time. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 96% of the global ocean, meaning GMRI is strategically positioned to conduct cutting-edge research on this issue.

This includes documenting and monitoring change, as well as predicting and mitigating future impacts of climate change on ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. We welcome this opportunity to invite undergraduate students to take part in our work and contribute to our understanding of climate change and its impacts on our coastal and marine ecosystems. We pair student interns with GMRI researchers engaged in a broad range of climate, ecosystem, oceanographic, and economic studies. Students then have the chance to consult with their mentors to design and conduct an intensive ten-week independent research project. These projects often involve field sampling, laboratory experiments, data analysis, computational simulations, or any range of top-tier research methods that help them address their research questions.

At the end of the summer, students present their findings at an in-house symposium using analysis and communications skills honed throughout the summer. Throughout the summer students are also exposed to the range of initiatives ongoing at GMRI including those within our education and community programs, and they will receive career and graduate school advice.

This internship opportunity includes a stipend ($600/week for 10 weeks), housing, a meal allowance, and travel support. Important Dates: Applications will be open from January 1, 2022, until February 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of decisions between March 1-15, 2022. The REU Program will run between May 31 and August 5, 2022. Students must be available for the entire 10 weeks to take part in the program.

Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

GMRI is seeking a full-time project manager for a 2-year position, with the potential to extend, to support the Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring project and all EM efforts in the Fisheries Technical Assistance Program (FTAP). For the past 7 years, GMRI’s Fisheries Technical Assistance Program (FTAP) has been dedicated to working on the design, testing, and implementation of a fisheries monitoring solution known as electronic monitoring (EM) for New England groundfish fleet.

Electronic monitoring is an innovative and cost-effective alternative to at-sea monitoring. It replaces the onboard human observer with a suite of video cameras, computers, gear sensors, and GPS to record information about a vessel’s fishing activity. GMRI is currently in its third year of developing the “maximized retention model” in which high-volume vessels are exempt from minimum size requirements for allocated species, and instead must retain most fish species (e.g., allocated groundfish stocks). This approach is complemented by a dockside monitoring program and EM is used as a tool to ensure that regulated groundfish is not discarded.

  • Program REU
  • Program Period May 2022 – Aug 2022
  • Application close FEB. 21, 2022
  • apply here

GMRI is a non-profit ocean research institute that conducts research on the Gulf of Maine. We are dedicated to improving the livelihoods of people in coastal communities, through understanding and protecting the marine environment.

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