Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Totally Radical Internship Opportunity at Oregon State U's Marine Lab

Check this out- I did an internship at Oregon State U's marine lab when I was in college and it was AWESOME. Majestic rugged coastline, badass boats and sea creatures, all the science you can handle, and the Rogue Brewery is right across the street:
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Come discover the Oregon Coast!
From Estuaries to the Deep Sea...OSU's Research Experience for Undergraduates...

Are you a Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science major? Take advantage of the opportunity to gain research experience while exploring the exciting interdisciplinary field of marine and estuarine science research!

Oregon State University is offering summer marine science internships to 20 college students through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis. The 10-week program matches qualified students with faculty mentors representing a wide range of ocean science research interests, including: Cetacean/Fisheries Conservation Genetics; Marine Aquaculture; Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography; Marine Geology; Coastal Ecology; Marine Renewable Energy; Marine Biological Invasions; Satellite Remote Sensing and many others.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a 49-acre research and education campus on Oregon's central coast, with modern laboratory facilities, a world-class marine science library, and six state and federal agencies co-located on site with easy access to the "living laboratory" of Oregon's coastal estuaries and the ocean. Scientists representing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, USDA, USGS, EPA, NOAA Fisheries, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife serve with OSU faculty as mentors in the REU program. Situated on the south shore of Newport’s picturesque Yaquina Bay, the HMSC provides easy access to the ocean and estuary for field research and recreational activities alike. On the OSU main campus in Corvallis, the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences trains the next generation of Biological, Chemical, Geological and Physical Oceanographers and Earth System Scientists, offering opportunities or interdisciplinary research in world-class labs and facilities.

Oregon State University Marine Sciences REU Program:

• 10-week summer program, June 16 - August 22, 2014
• Stipend $5650, onsite housing, round-trip travel costs
• Detailed Program Information: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/REU/index.html • Initial review of applications: Monday, February 3, 2014 by 5 PM PST

Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled students who are not graduating seniors.
Underrepresented and Community College students are encouraged to apply.

Printable PDF flyer: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/reu_2014_legal_size_flyer.pdf

Application: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/reu-application

For more information or questions, please contact me at (541) 867-0380 or email itchung.cheung@oregonstate.edu

Itchung Cheung | Academic Program Manager & Senior Instructor Biology | Hatfield Marine Science Center Oregon State University | 2030 SE Marine Science Drive | Newport, OR 97365-5296
http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/welcome-academic |
541-867-0380 phone | 541-867-0138 fax

From Estuaries to the Deep Sea...
Research Experience for Undergraduates...

Come discover the Oregon Coast!
Summer Program in Marine and Environmental Studies at HMSC...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Intraspecific Variation in Bull Sharks - Philip Matich @ FGCU

The Marine and Ecological Sciences Department at Florida Gulf Coast University occasionally hosts scientific speakers from outside the university. These seminars are open to the public, as well as to students and faculty. We're going to have a good speaker next Friday, 17 January 2014, at 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Sugden Resort and Hospitality Management Building, Room #110. The speaker is Philip Matich, a PhD candidate in Dr. Mike Heithaus' Lab at Florida International University. The title of Philip's talk is: "We’re not all the same: the drivers and potential consequences of intraspecific variability in Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas."

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Synopsis: Populations are often assumed to be homogeneous, but research continues to elucidate the individual differences that exist in nature. Such individuality can have important implications for the functional roles species play within their respective ecosystems, and identifying intraspecific variability within populations is an important first step to understanding the potential effects individual differences have for both adaptability and evolution. In turn, investigating what shapes these differences and their persistence within populations is crucial for predicting how animals may respond to environmental changes and anthropogenic stressors. Our research in the Florida Everglades suggests that bull sharks, traditionally thought of as a highly adaptable generalist predator, display considerable individual differences in habitat use and trophic interactions. Such differences develop early in the life-history of bull sharks, and persist throughout their residencies in nursery habitats, where food-risk trade-offs and intraspecific competition appear to shape the roles of juvenile bull sharks in both top-down and bottom-up effects within coastal estuaries. With predicted changes in environmental conditions and human impacts, understanding the importance of phenotypic variability among species will be crucial for improving management strategies and predicting the responses of species to such changes.

I'm particularly excited about this talk because I know Philip from a long time ago. He was an undergraduate intern with my PhD advisor Dr. J. Emmett Duffy at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. It's cool to see how successfully Phil has progressed in science over the last several years.