The Population and Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Lab is currently working on projects which incorporate a wide array of scientific disciplines such as population dynamics analysis and modeling, microbiology, and marine technology. Some broad research topics include:
- Investigating fish diseases after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout;
- Comparing the DWH with the Ixtoc I oil spill in1979 to investigate potential long-term impacts of oil spills on the health of fish and various benthos;
- Fish habitat connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico;
- Using new visual technology for fish abundance and habitat surveys to aid in management;
- Assessing the impacts of oil exposure on the physiology of fishes;
- Evaluation and development of Fisheries Management Tools.
2017 Summer Internship Opportunity
Project description: A summer internship is available to assist in conducting proximate analysis on multiple fish species collected within the Gulf of Mexico. This analysis measures moisture, crude protein, crude lipids, crude fiber and ash content in various tissues and will help to identify spatiotemporal changes in the health of fish collected post-DWH.
Tasks: The summer intern will be responsible for homogenizing various tissues (muscle and liver) and accurately weighing each tissue for proximate analysis. The intern will be responsible for combusting, extracting and accurately recording of weights and calculations for each parameter being measured. In addition, the intern will be responsible for data input and spreadsheet organization.
Qualifications and requirements:
- Basic understanding of biology and chemistry
- Basic lab skills and lab safety skills
- Computing skills (e.g., Microsoft Excel)
- Must be detail oriented and have self-initiative
- Must be able to work individually as well as in a team environment
Erin Pulster, University of South Florida