This electronic archive of reports is aimed at gathering the culminating knowledge, training, and experiences of graduate students during their internship. The student authors of these internship reports have chosen to restrict access to their work to members of the University of Miami community.

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Submissions from 2017

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Fitting a growth curve for the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (P. Volitans/ miles) population of Biscayne National Park, Nicole Besemer

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Body weight, length, and age relationship in Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) born under human care, Ariel Blatt

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The impacts of Karenia brevis blooms on recreational fishing efforts in Southwest Florida, Robert Botta

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Step into wild: Communicating conservation through exploration and digital media, Malia Byrtus

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Supporting coastal resilience through restoration of coral reefs, Jane Valentine Carrick

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An examination of resistance to disease by genotype in Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis, Phillip Colburn

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) to characterize small-scale fisheries of Puerto Rico, Carla Alessandra Dario

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FEMA Pathways Internship, Joshua Davis

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Implementation of a Citizen Science program to monitor disease dynamics on sea stars in Ketchikan, AK, Rebecah Lynne Delp

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Age structure and growth of Lionfish (Pterois volitans): the Dry Tortugas National Park, Alexandra M. Dubel

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Operation coral cascade, Sean P. Fay

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Resiliency in Fort Lauderdale, Kelly Flanigan

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Bubblestream vocalization use by bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves to initiate reunions with their mothers, Alexandria Fowler

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Importance and potential of understanding bleaching and recovery profiles of Acropora cervicornis, Emilee Golden

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Influence of Biscayne Bay's Salinity regime on gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli) trends of abundance and distribution, Joshua S. Goldston

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Aplysia californica as a model of the benefits of exercise on learning, Samantha Leigh Grasley

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Analyzing the impact of a live action role play (LARP) science unit on student attitudes and academic performance @ MAST @ FIU, Bridgette K. Gunn

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The proficiency of high resolution vs. coarse vs.statistical forecast models, Shane Hinton

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Climate change outreach through new media: reaching and informing readers of a new digital marine conservation and travel magazine, Austin W. Horne

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Assessing thermal tolerance of Acropora cervicornis and its implications for coral restoration in south Florida, Richard Karp

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Compensatory mitigation: A case study in Miami-Dade county, Katherine Kelly

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Are marine protected areas as effective as we think? An analysis on two distinct marine protected areas., Brendon Kendall

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Developing social media strategy to increase online communications for NOAA AOML, Nicholas Komisarejevsky

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Identifying respiratory disease in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins through non-invasive respiratory behaviors, Rebecca Kraut

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Creating behavior change through conservation education, Dani Lacy

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Development of a California commercial fishermen’s apprenticeship program, Blanka Lederer

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A study of calf independence and social interaction of a captive killer whale (Orcinus orca) as a model for zoological research, Ally Levy

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The early life history characteristics of Guadalupe Bass ( Micropterus treculii) under aquaculture conditions, Brandy Lynn Ligocky

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Modeling sedimentation impacts on coral spawning, Joshua Blake Lim

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Special programme to support institutional strengthening at the National Level for the sound management of chemical and waste, Sihong Li

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The role of birding and wildlife viewing at a fishing lodge in the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska, Brian Magnier

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Examining the influence of nest environment characteristics on the hatch and emergence success of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hatchlings on Cape Sable, Everglades National Park, Florida, Casey Murray

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Long-term trends of the snapper-grouper complex throughout Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Parks from 1999-2016, Erin Nassif

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Characterization of relative genotypic disease resistance in Caribbean Acropora species, Emma Pontes

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Broatcast meterology: How to effectively communicate weather information in a changing media landscape., Connor Pregizer

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Coastal habitat restoration: Management in the state of Rhode Island, Melissa Riley

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A guide to managing fish aggregation devices (FADs) in the Caribbean, Heather Sadusky

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Management tracking and developing tools to enhance habitat conservation, Lili Schachter

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Examination of Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) courtship behaviors and serum hormone concentrations, Elizabeth Schumacher

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Experiential angler education aboard the Miami Science Barge, Derek Sheldon

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Improving procedural efficacy and efficiency for marine mammal necropsy data collection, Chelsea Nicole Shipp

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Investigating correlations between eutrophication and estuarine fish communities in the Northern Gulf of Mexico estuaries, Dylan Joseph Sinnickson

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Lateralization in Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) mother- pup dyads on Chiswell Island, Raven Spencer

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Creating new evacuation senarios for Miami-Dade county, Lauren Stevens

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Reducing plastic pollution in the marine environment by promoting corporate sustainability iniatives to reduce single-use plastic in the workplace., Maureen Sullivan

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The Influence of sex,sociality,parity, and temperature on the respiratory development of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves, Melinda Tuley

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Port of Miami Expansion: The turbidity story, Shelby L. Wedelich

Submissions from 2016

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Marketing aquaculture products: developing an apprenticeship program to increase sales in a targeted market, Michael G. Aldonas

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Marine natural resource management: invasive plant species mitigation in a South Florida mangrove ecosystem, Spencer RJ Ash

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Investigating humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) distribution and density in the Maui County Waters using ArcGIS, Rheanne Berg

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An evaluation of the Estero Bay aquatic preserve: 50 years of conservation, Avery Bischoff

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Insights into reproductive strategies of invasive Pterois volitans/miles in Biscayne National park, Jordan Bridges

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Expanding the rescue a reef program: assessing efficacy of citizen scientists and adding massive species, Daniel Burdeno

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Program evaluation in an informal enviro-ed program: shark research and conservation at UM, Stephen Cain

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Whistle rate and introductions of familiar and unfamiliar bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Brittany Cloessner

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Design and development of aquaponics, seagrass/mangrove, oyster, coral, and constructed wetland systems on the Miami Science Barge, Michael Coogan

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Using ethnography to analyze incongruities in a conservation non profit organization in the Galapagos Islands, Ayssa DiPietro

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Evaluating the catch efficiency of Antillean z-traps on invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles), Lindsay Elam

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Delivering excellence: regulating coastal development to protect benthic habitat in Miami-Dade County, David Goldstein

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Live algae subsitiution trial for larviculture production of L.vannamei Penaeid shrimp, Daniel Grevers

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The effects of dredging on South Florida coral reefs, Carolyn Groves

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Evaluating a gross motor stereotypic behavior in a sub-adult Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in managed care, Molly Gugel

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Broadcast meteorology comparing forecasting techniques and telling the weather story, Viki Knapp

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An investigation of the cyclogenesis forecast ability of the Basin-Scale HWRF model by invoking the GFDL Vortex Tracker, Mu-Chieh Ko

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Development of a digital data collection methodology for coral monitoring surveys, Caitlin Langwiser

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A comprehensive view of dusky shark bycatch within the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Sarah LaRocca

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Marketing MSC certify sustainable skipjack tuna from the Maldives to the United States market, Jerry Lin

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Compensation plan for buy-back of “Red-Island Oasis” in Jiaozhou Bay of Qingdao, Qing Lin

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Spatial mapping of sea turtle disorientation due to artificial lighting on the nesting beaches of Broward County Florida, Lauren Taylor Marrero

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Defining and analyzing the frequency and severity of flood events to improve risk management from a reinsurance standpoint, Elliot Morrill

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Assessment of multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy on the mobility of a geriatric North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) in managed care, Ana Karen Valencia Nader

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Data management and auditing of the Biscayne Bay bottlenose dolphin photo ID catalog, Christen Nagy

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Contributing factors to long-term citation count in marine and freshwater biology journals, Joshua Ryan Nash

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Building debris free oceans: inspiration through educaion, Tracy Nolan

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The ocean health voyage: An international examination of the ocean health index through film-based coursework, Emily Cava Northrop

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3D modeling of coral reefs using structure-from-motion photogrammetry as an inventory and monitoring tool, Nicole Palma

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Validating bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) body condition score, Kelly Patterson

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Cape Sable threat assessment: Analyzing the threats to Cape Sable’s loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta ) nesting population in Everglades National Park, Charlotte Pechtl

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Comparing lionfish distributions between the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Park, Annabeth Peterson

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Photojournalism as a method of conservation outreach: assisting in the development of a new digital marine conservation and travel magazine, Marcus B. Reamer

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Investigating the economic viability of collecting Sargassum horneri, Brandon Rus

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Analysis of the Cooperative Tagging Center historical and recent (2006-2015) activities, Caitlyn Savoia

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A comprehensive analysis of sea turtle strandings due to anthropogenic causes around South Padre Island (1980-2016)., Jillian Schacher

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Fish utilization of living shorelines in the canals of southeast Florida., Taylor Scheuermann

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Biocontrol of the invasive lionfish population as an indicator of marine protected area success, Ashley Siana

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Analysis of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) populations in regards to Port of Miami dredging., Drake Slater

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Risk assessment of boat noise on fish acoustic communication in the May River, South Carolina., Somers Smott

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Ten year prospectus of trends in length and abundance of Cetropomus undecimalis (common snook) in Everglades National Park, Kandice Starr

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Marine exploited intebrates monitoring - spiny lobster, Matthew St. Clair

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Engaging youth in field research and environmental conservation, Kristen Szpak

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The design and construction of a zero discharge , solar powered , recirculating aquaculture system for the Miami Science Barge, Chad Nicolas Teal

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GoPros in science: Can you be a Hero and a scientist?, Ian Tomcho

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Developing a protocol for rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis) for use in larval rearing of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria), Emilia Wakamatsu

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The influence of birth order, developmental stage, and sex of a calf on interactions and aggression in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Trusiops truncatus), Bethany Wallace

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Mapping trends in reef hard bottom and key SEDAR species throughout the Gulf of Mexico as a means to establish better survey design and determine essential fish habitat., Jennifer Walters

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Friends of the Chicago river’s overflow action days: bringing the campaign to schools and evaluating its success., Nicole Wank

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Citizen science for global marine litter monitoring, Jing Zhang

Submissions from 2015

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Visual science communications: Disseminating timely marine conservation issues to increase awareness among the general public, Hannah C. Armstrong

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Spatial and temporal analysis of invasive lionfish in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Jasmine Baloch

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Small, medium, and revolutionary advances to global ocean Geographic Information Systems, Ramiro Barbuzano Jr.