CURRENT INTERN PROJECTS

Overview

Communities play a central role in the protection of their environmental resources, they are after all the ones which most rely on it. For that reason they are amongst the most affected when the health and productivity of the environment declines.
Local coastal communities often take the brunt of the blame for the decline in coastal health as they are at the frontline, interacting with the ecosystem on a daily basis. Yet, the very same people are the key for a sustainable future, they are amongst those most heavily invested in maintaining a healthy resource, and can be the champions that drive change.
In order to generate the understanding and demand for sustainable, healthy ecosystems, MCP works with communities at all levels:

Coral Bleaching and Fluorescence Monitoring

Izzy Morgante

Coral reefs are a highly efficient yet sensitive ecosystem with a great number of organisms performing niche functions that, when in balance, all contribute to a healthily functioning reef. Today, however, coral reefs are under an increasing amount of pressure from environmental changes (e.g. global warming) and anthropogenic stresses (e.g. over fishing and agricultural run-off) which can lead to changes in the effective functioning of the reef. My project focused on developing a method to monitor hard coral bleaching and fluorescence which can be an indicator of a reef under stress.
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Coral Propogation – Nursery Development, Out-Planting and Community Outreach

LT Eaton

This project focuses on coral propagation- basically, growing corals. With corals facing increasing threats it is essential for us to do whatever we can to encourage the survival and growth of as many corals as we possibly can.

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MPAs and the Local Fisherfolk Community

Jessica Tengvall

This project explores how we can communicate with the local fisherfolk about the benefits thats MPAs (marine protected areas) can provide for them– namely providing them with a larger catch outside the boundaries of the MPAs. The overall hypothesis is that MPAs can restore fish populations that have been depleted due to overfishing and can start a spillover effect. A spillover effect occurs when fish levels rise within an area and forces them to expand their area, thus providing larger fish catches outside the MPAs. At the same time this project examines the effectiveness of MPAs by exploring how well enforced they are. For example if they have a coast guard (banday dagat) at the MPA, if there is a boat patrolling, if there is a local fisheries association to look after the local MPA etc. Furthermore, this project looks for differences in fish abundance, diversity and biomass between fish catches and underwater transect surveys.
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GENERAL INTERNSHIP POSSIBILITIES

Academic Intern
Academic Intern

You're enrolled in a BSc, MSc in oceanography, marine biology, conservation science or similar relevant field.

Media Intern
Media Intern

You have a relevant background to help create:Billboards, social media marketing, website creation and maintenance, blogging, illustrations and info-graphics, web-content.Usually a non-diving placement.

PADI Instructor intern
PADI Instructor intern

You can join us if you're already a PADI instructor, or if you want to become one. For some this starts with a divemaster internship slowly transitioning into becoming an instructor apprentice, others are already instructors.

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