BIOS offers students the opportunity to gain valuable laboratory and field experience as undergraduate and graduate interns, to work on collaborative research projects alongside BIOS scientists, and to conduct supervised research toward master's or doctoral degrees.
Volunteer internships may run for 8, 10 or 12 weeks in the summer, although both timing and duration can be flexible. BIOS interns can expect to work in BIOS laboratories with faculty and staff mentors, participating in active research projects of mutual interest.
Costs normally associated with an internship include, but are not limited to, accommodation and meals on-campus, supplies/expenses associated with the intern’s research project and an intern stipend. The cost of a Volunteer Internship at BIOS is dependent on a number of factors including duration of the internship. Applicants for Volunteer Internships must secure external sources of funding. BIOS Education does not generally have funds to support Volunteer Interns, although individual BIOS Faculty or research programs may have some funding. Interested individuals may also investigate the BIOS Grant-in-Aid program for small contributions to their in-house costs at BIOS.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
BIOS has National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the 2018 fall semester.
Throughout the semester, REU students give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to BIOS faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, as well as workshops and seminars given by BIOS faculty. Students reside on the BIOS campus. Travel expenses, room, board, and a competitive stipend are covered by the REU program.
Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and who will still be undergraduates in the fall of 2016 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Eckerd College Galbraith/Wardman Fellowship
Canadian Associates of BIOS
Dalhousie-BIOS Experiential Learning Fund
Coral Reef Ecology
July 23 - Aug. 10, 2018
Instructors: Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley and Hollie Putnam (URI)
The aim of this course is to study the biology and ecology of tropical corals and explore their response to environmental changes including those from projected global climate scenarios. This course covers the biological, physical, biogeochemical and evolutionary processes that determine reef growth, function and resilience, ranging from the organism to whole reef tracts. Topics include the processes of metabolism and calcification at the cellular, organismal, and community scale; determinants of community structure, examining trophic dynamics and species interactions; and reef resilience and acclimatization to environmental change, emphasizing processes of reproduction, recruitment, symbiosis, genetics and epigenetics. Lectures will be complemented with field and laboratory exercises. Students will gain experience in coral reef research methods and monitoring of reef health, including benthic surveys, water quality analysis, assessing recruitment recovery, monitoring bleaching, disease, reef fish ecology and invasive species. Laboratory experiments will focus on coral physiology, including symbiosis, growth, reproduction, larval settlement, larval cellular stress response, analysis of next generation coral transcriptomic data and symbiont genetic data. Follow the links for a more detailed course description.
This course is geared to upper level undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Prerequisites include satisfactory standing in an introductory ecology course and SCUBA certification.
Ecology and Evolution of Reef Fishes
Not Offered in 2018
Instructors: Luiz Rocha and Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley
Fishes are among the most conspicuous and fascinating mobile species on coral reef ecosystems with staggering diversity in morphology, behavior, and ecology. As the most observable and diverse assemblages of vertebrates on the planet, fishes are ideal for controlled experimentation and long-term observations. Studies of reef fishes have contributed immensely to our understanding of ecology, behavior, fisheries biology, and conservation biology. This three-week intensive field course examines the ecology and evolution of tropical fishes on the spectacular coral reefs of Bermuda. Located on the most northerly coral reef system in the Atlantic, Bermuda is home to a diverse and healthy assemblage of reef fishes and is an ideal location to study these awe-inspiring creatures. Lectures and laboratories will cover a broad range of relevant topics and ecological principles in reef fish ecology, with a focus on systematics, anatomy, functional morphology, behavioral ecology and community structure. Participants will gain hands on experience in identification, field experimentation, behavioral observation, and molecular techniques, and will attain skills for conducting research underwater. Follow the links for a more detailed course description. This course is open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students. Prerequisites include SCUBA certification and satisfactory standing in a marine ecology course.
Contact: Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Reef Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, 17 Biological Lane, St. Georges, GE 01 Bermuda, email: firstname.lastname@example.org