Research Intern - Marine Stress & Ocean Health Intern

Apply now for: Summer 2018
Time commitment: 2-3 full days per week (includes on- and off-site work)


The Marine Stress and Ocean Health Team is seeking an intern to organize, update, and build on our team’s reference library database housed in “Endnote” (reference program). The Marine Stress and Ocean Health Team (part of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life) conducts research on the endocrinology (study of hormones) and health of marine species (including whales, seals, manatees, and sea turtles). Tasks performed by this intern will support the Marine Stress team by developing an enhanced and efficient database tool and gathering the latest scientific literature to drive research and publication efforts.
The intern’s primary projects would be to:
The candidate will be responsible for curating our existing reference library on marine animal health and endocrinology, including managing and updating existing references to ensure consistent formatting across our 3500+ library entries; performing online searches for and entering missing citation data; and compiling online publications for entry into the database. There will be an opportunity to build new reference libraries centered on key species and topics for current research initiatives (for example: pinniped reproduction). The intern may also prepare a literature review on a marine endocrinology topic using references collected throughout the internship, offering an opportunity for in-depth exploration of scientific literature and building scientific writing skills.
In addition to gaining experience with the Endnote software program, this internship will provide exposure to a broad scope of scientific articles and journals via searches and article collation, benefitting those looking for a career in scientific research or writing, or for those interested in reference management and organization.
This intern will report to Katie Graham, Assistant Scientist, in the Marine Stress and Ocean Health Program.
Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Edit and update the Marine Stress Team’s existing Endnote database, ensuring consistency across all entries. This will include cross-checking author lists, titles, etc. for errors and missing data.
  • Use Google Scholar and other scientific search engines to find missing reference information and pdf copies of publications.
  • Enter new publications into the database, and search out existing relevant articles that are not housed in the database.
  • As needed, scan hard/paper copies of articles and book chapters into pdf form for electronic entry.
  • Organize references into themed libraries based on topics of interest (example: pinniped reproduction or hormone studies using specific sample types).
  • Prepare a literature review(s) on a topic of interest to the research team using references compiled during the Endnote update.
Include any specific degree or course requirements, specific skills or experience, and any preferred characteristics (work independently, problem solving, etc.)
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organization skills, even during tedious, repetitive tasks.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to complete tasks independently following training. Learns quickly.
  • Follows directions carefully to perform tasks consistently. Accepts guidance and directions when given.
  • Very comfortable working with computers: navigating software programs and online search engines. Experience with Endnote software (or other citation program) is helpful, but not required.
  • Experience with reading or preparing scientific publications preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, positive attitude about hard work.
Program/Project Description:
At the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, we apply innovative, science-based solutions to combat the unprecedented threat to our oceans represented by climate change and other human activities. Specifically, the Marine Stress and Ocean Health Team (part of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life) conducts research on the endocrinology (study of hormones) and health of marine species (including whales, seals, manatees, and sea turtles). The health of marine wildlife is a barometer of the health of the oceans, which sustain all life on this planet. Decline in the health of animals living in the oceans is an early warning system for issues that will ultimately affect human health and well-being. The Ocean Health and Marine Stress Program takes an integrated approach to marine wildlife health with an emphasis on understanding the impacts of human activities on marine species and habitats. Using innovative methods, we pioneered the field of health assessment for free-swimming large whales, including hormones, biotoxins, disease, genetics, and visual health metrics. Our goal is to understand, quantify, and reduce the consequences of human activities on the health of marine species and ecosystems.

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For Summer 2018: Please follow this link to begin your application.