Promoting Research Investigations in the Marine Environment, Oregon
COSEE Pacific Partnerships offers internship opportunities in Oregon to community college students interested in developing research and outreach skills through hands-on experience working with marine scientists and marine informal educators.
NOTE: Following summer 2015, Community College applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the REU Program. This program is no longer supported.
Requirements: You must have been enrolled at a community college during the previous academic year. One year of college level science coursework.
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First and last name: Jonathan Robertson
College: Portland Community College
Class Standing: Junior
Project/Research Title: Estuarine Fisheries Monitoring in Yaquina Bay, OR
Research Summary: Surveys of newly settled juvenile rockfish in Yaquina Bay will help provide a clearer understanding of their settlement rates in estuaries on the Oregon coast. Additionally, encounters with non-target fish and invertebrate species in Yaquina Bay will build upon our knowledge of estuarine ecology in the Pacific northwest. I will be working directly with Vince Politano, Lab Manager, to conduct monitoring of shoreline restoration, water quality testing, and identification of estuarine fish and invertebrates. Furthermore, we will catalog the species assemblage of two developed shoreline locations in Yaquina Bay through weekly trap surveys. Field and lab experiences will include: shipboard operations, animal collection, sample processing, statistical analysis, and data presentation.
Mentor(s): Vince Politano, and Drs. Selina and Scott Heppell
Internship Program: Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center: The Heppell Lab-Marine Team.
First and last name: Michaela Semple
College: Oregon Coast Community College
Project/Research Title: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Corallina Algae
Research Summary: As CO2 levels rise in the ocean, species that depend on calcium carbonate are lacking the ability to form their base structure. To show the effects of ocean acidification I will be helping in the lab by adding CO2 into a system to compare to a controlled pH system. This will show the productivity of corallina algae and how species of kelp are dependent on corallina algae.
Mentor(s): Dr. Bruce Menge, Distinguished Professor
Dr. Leigh Tait, Postdoctoral Fellow, Menge and Lubchenco Laboratory, Oregon State University
Internship Program: COSEE Pacific Partnership PRIME Program - HMSC
First and last name: Thomas Stinson
College: Rogue Community College
Class Standing: Sophomore
Project/Research Title: Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions of Anadromous and Marine Fishes
Research Summary: The Ocean Ecology team uses parasites to infer several aspects of the general biology and ecology of juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River estuary and Pacific Ocean. A prospective COSEE PP PRIME intern with an interest in fisheries biology or parasitology would spend the summer examining kidneys of juvenile salmon for the presence of the parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. This parasite is acquired in freshwater systems and may have deleterious effects leading to delayed mortality of salmon. The summer intern will have the opportunity to learn how to determine the prevalence of infections in salmon.
Mentor(s): Dr. Kym Jacobson
Internship Program: Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
First and last name: Misti Zerbin
College: Lane Community College
Class Standing: Junior
Project/Research Title: Assessment of Burrowing Shrimp Populations in Yaquina Bay, OR
Research Summary: Two endemic species of burrowing shrimp inhabit large expanses of the intertidal area in US west coast estuaries and play an essential role as ecosystem engineers. Burrowing activity of these shrimp also causes a problem for shellfish aquaculture which led to investigation of the population biology and ecology of these organisms. An intern will work with Dr. Brett Dumbauld and PhD student Katelyn Bosley to conduct population assessments of two species of burrowing shrimp in Yaquina Bay, OR. Both species, the ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) and the mud shrimp (Upogebia pugettensis) recruited to the Idaho Flats area of Yaquina Bay next to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in 2010 and 2011. We plan to continue tracking their growth and distribution in 2012. Shrimp populations in the Idaho flats area will be mapped and surveyed to estimate total shrimp abundance. Data collected in this study will provide important information for building population dynamics models for these populations. Shrimp populations are being monitored in several other estuaries and a related project involves examination of fish and crab use of intertidal habitats including burrowing shrimp, eelgrass and shellfish aquaculture in Willapa Bay, Washington. The COSEE PP PRIME intern would travel with researchers to this estuary for a couple of trips.
Mentor(s): Dr. Brett Dumbauld, Ecologist, USDA Agriculture Research Service, and Katelyn Bosley, PhD student, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University
Internship Program: Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and U. S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service