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Hatchery, Physical Plant, and Field Assistants  – Undergraduates - Beal lab


The Downeast Institute anticipates filling at least three (3) positions for hatchery-related work for the summer of 2017.  The successful applicants will participate in various projects, including raising several species of bivalves (soft-shell clams, Mya arenaria; European oysters, Ostrea edulis; northern hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria; sea scallops, Placopecten magellanicus) and lobsters (Homarus americanus). In addition, students will learn about rearing numerous species of microalgae (as many as seven) used for food for the bivalves and for brine shrimp (that are fed to the larval/juvenile lobsters).

DEI also has a position for a student who is interested in working with our facilities manager, Jeff Robinson.  The work relates to the daily operations of the facility by providing assistance to Mr. Robinson with various projects designed to increase efficiency of all facets of our operations.

All of the work will center at the shellfish production facility at Black Duck Cove on Great Wass Island. The work will begin the week of May 15, 2017 and continue through the last week of August (August 31, 2017).  A commitment of 15 weeks is necessary.

If you are interested in applying for these postions, send an application letter and resume to Dr. Brian Beal ( by April 30, 2017.


NSF Research Assistantships - Yund lab

We are pleased to offer two undergraduate research assistantships for the summer of 2017. Assistants will participate in an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project examining how larval dispersal interconnects blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) populations along the Gulf of Maine coast. Students will work as part of a team with faculty and graduate students from the University of Maine, the University of Massachusetts, and Northeastern University. Specific tasks will include shore-based intertidal and boat-based water column sampling, laboratory analysis of field samples, and computer analysis of ecological and physical oceanographic data. Students are encouraged to specialize on a subset of these tasks and develop independent projects on related topics. Participants will be based at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in South Bristol, ME,though the project will require periodic multi-day field trips to the Acadian region of Maine.

To learn more about these assitantships, please follow this link.

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