An undergraduate student will be part of a team conducting research to understand the foraging ecology of gray whales in Port Orford, Oregon. We are looking for a motivated, interested, and outgoing OSU undergraduate student to be a part of the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab Team. During the summer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, the GEMM Lab has conducted research on gray whales at Port Orford to tack the question "how and where do whales find food?"
This internship position will join a team lead by an OSU/GEMM Lab graduate students, and two high school interns, to conduct research on whales and their prey. The intern will undergo training in Newport, Oregon for four weeks, before the whole whale research team undertakes training together in Port Orford for a two-three week period. The team will then collect data over a four-week field season.
Duties include helping with all aspects of data collection and management, field logistics, and leadership and teaching of high school interns. The intern will learn scientific methodology, sampling and data collection protocols, ecological principles, leadership and teamwork skills, quantitative data analysis methods, and science communication skills.
Positive attitude towards early morning work (5:30-6AM), which would include data collection and a long work day
Must be comfortable working in a kayak
Must be comfortable working at heights at the cliff site