[Coral-List] Internships available for marine habitat mapping initiative in Bermuda

Murdoch, Thad tjmurdoch at gov.bm
Fri Jan 28 18:07:25 EST 2005

The Bermuda Zoological Society and Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo are pleased to announce that opportunities are available for graduate students to take part in the extensive assessment and mapping of Bermuda's marine habitats, as interns under the Bermuda Biodiversity Project.  A limited number of scholarships are available to cover costs of accommodation, food and local public transportation. Applicants must provide their own air fare.

The North Atlantic islands of Bermuda are surrounded by over 750 sq km of exceptionally healthy coral reefs and associated marine habitats. While scientists have studied the sea life around Bermuda for well over a century, vast areas remain unsurveyed, until now. As part of the Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping (BREAM) project, successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience with REEF, AGRRA, video transect and other standard techniques for scientifically assessing coral and seagrass habitats and associated biota. Additionally, graduate interns will obtain practical experience in ecological data analysis and interpretation, GIS mapping, as well as underwater photography and the production of short video documentaries. Interns will also work alongside BZS and Bermuda Government environmental scientists and technicians in the conservation and restoration of threatened native and endemic marine species and habitats.

Participants will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, as part of a dynamic team, but equally must demonstrate the ability to work independently for certain tasks.  Applicants should provide evidence of SCUBA certification and at least 20 logged open water dives. Experience using ArcGis would be beneficial but is not required.

Additional information and a downloadable application form may be found on the website of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo at:


Alternately, information is available from:

The Bermuda Zoological Society
Internship Programme
PO Box FL 145, Flatts, FL BX, BERMUDA
Tel: 441.293.2727
Fax: 441.293.4014
Email: bzsinfo(at)ibl.bm

The deadline for application is February 28th, 2005.


Thad Murdoch

Thaddeus J. T. Murdoch, Ph.D. candidate
Project Coordinator,

Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping (BREAM) Project Bermuda Biodiversity Programme Bermuda Zoological Society and Dept. of Conservation Services P.O. Box FL 145, Flatts, FL BX, BERMUDA
Tel: 441.293.2727 x144
Fax: 441.293.6451
Email: tjmurdoch(at)gov.bm

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