Summer 2019 Research Internships in Caribbean Marine Ecology – McCoy Lab at FSU

Summer 2019 Research Internships in Caribbean Marine Ecology – McCoy Lab at FSU

 The McCoy Lab at Florida State University seeks two research interns to conduct fieldwork in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean during a 6-week period in June-July 2019.  All fieldwork will be conducted on SCUBA.  Interns will assist and be supervised by Ph.D. students Ethan Cissell and Joshua Manning (  Candidates must have (1) a valid American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) diving certification, or an international equivalent, (2) Enriched Air Nitrox certification, and (3) be at least 18 years or older by June 1, 2019. Experience conducting research is preferred, but specific knowledge of Caribbean marine ecology is not required.  Please contact Dr. Sophie McCoy with any questions (

Research in the McCoy Lab focuses on mechanisms that retain ecological and biogeochemical function of coastal ecosystems.  To do this, we focus on links between physiological response and dynamics of populations and communities, and especially on the effects of environmental stress on traits that mediate species interactions.

Application materials:

Send application materials in a single pdf to Dr. Sophie McCoy by Feb. 22, 2019 for full consideration (  We will conduct interviews by Skype in early March.

(1) statement of interest (1 page),

(2) brief CV (2 pages max.),

(3) dive log and certification, and contact information for your institution’s Dive Safety Officer,

(4) names and contact information of 2 professional references, and

(5) available dates during June and July 2019 (i.e., when do classes end, if an undergraduate).

Logistics and details: This is an unpaid position. Travel to and from Bonaire and lodging at a communal apartment will be provided, excluding meals. Because the two 2019 interns will share a room in the apartment, we will select either two male or two female interns.