NEWS

Two ES undergraduates accepted for summer internships

04/13/2010

Congratulations to our undergraduate students who will be participating in competitive internship opportunities this summer 2010:

 

Adriana Vega Grau

A traves de : University of Minnesota
Programa: Global Change Ecology , parte del Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Fecha: Junio 3- Agosto 14 2010
Lugar: Lake Itasca/ Twin Cities, Minnesota, EE.UU. 
Recompensa: Viaje en avion ida y vuelta pago, "housing" provisto, "meal plan" provisto, y ademas, un salario de $4,000.

Detalles:
Investigacion independiente en ecologia con un profesor mentor de la Universidad de Minnesota, en un tema relacionado al cambio climatico. Todavia no he decidido excatamente que voy a estudiar, tengo que sentarme a escoger (es el proximo paso en este momento) y ellos me daran opciones de mentores. Ahi se selecciona uno y cuando llegue alla, inmediatamente escribire el diseno del estudio junto al mentor. 

Seran alrededor de 6 semanas en University of Minnesota's Lake Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, donde se haran los muestreos y toda la recopilacion de data.Oportunidad de accesar e incorporar datos climatologicos y limnologicos inmediatos, continuamente tomados por la facultad en el lab. Las restantes 4 semanas seran en los laboratorios de la universidad en los Twin Cities (Minneapolis y St. Paul).

Al final hay poster symposium y presentaciones, con oportunidad de presentaciones a escala nacional en primavera del año siguiente.

No hay experiencia de investigacion requerida.

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Clarisse Betancourt

2010 Marshall Space Flight Center Internship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama

Project Title:  Hydrologic Modeling to Evaluate Climate Change Impacts in Shallow Aquatic Ecosystems in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Project Description:

The dates for this internship are June 1 – August 6, 2010.  This is a 10-week, full-time, onsite, internship.

This project will assist coastal resource managers to adapt and plan for changing conditions through evaluating how climate changes and development will impact land cover/land use (LCLU), hydrodynamics and water properties, and shallow water habitats, identifying priority areas for conservation and restoration; and distributing datasets to end-users and facilitating user interaction with models.  Watershed and hydrodynamic models will be coupled with a Habitat Suitability Model to evaluate the impact of climate scenarios on Mobile Bay aquatic ecosystems.  The proposed host sites for data products are NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) Regional Ecosystem Data Management (REDM), and Mississippi-Alabama Habitat Database.  The models employed in this research are heavily dependent on NASA remote sensing products, primarily MODIS and Landsat.  Tools will be provided on the Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaborative (GoMRC) website with links to data portals to enable end users to use the models and datasets provided to develop and evaluate LCLU and climate scenarios of particular interest.  These data will benefit the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) in ongoing efforts to protect and restore the Fish River watershed and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  The usefulness of data products and tools will be demonstrated at an end user workshop.