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Ocean Science Internship 2012 @ Extended (online video)

Lillie M. Paquette
2012
MITSG 12-49
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvwIjmfCIcA

A group of four outstanding Massachusetts and Connecticut high school students led by marine science educator Kate Longley are the first on record to encounter and identify non-native European rock shrimp (Palaemon elegans) in Boston Harbor in July, 2012. The students were conducting a transect survey at Lovell's Island as part of MIT Sea Grant College Program's annual Ocean Science Internship to study intertidal ecosystems on the Boston Harbor Islands by assessing water quality and species diversity. The Ocean Science Internship is a four-week long program for high school students. The interns learn to ask questions and design a sampling program. The emphasis of this program is skill building and data management and analysis. Participating students are asked to problem solve in the field, learn to recognize and identify many species of marine wildlife, collect data in a systematic way, and analyze that data so that they can tease out information about some of the complex ecological interactions that occur in the harbor's intertidal zone. In support of ongoing studies at the Boston Harbor Islands, the students conducted ecological surveys, assessed ecosystem health, and assisted in the monitoring of non-native species in the intertidal zone, under the guidance of MIT researchers. The MIT Sea Grant's Ocean Science Internship was supported in partnership with the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Service.

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Parent Project

Project No.: 2010-C/A-4
Title: Marine Communications/Information Service

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