Flounder Research Opportunity for Students
The GCRL Marine Education Center (MEC) is offering an exciting research and education opportunity for junior- and senior-level high school students and community college students. Eight student volunteers will be selected to participate in a research project that will answer life history questions about the southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, in local waters. This unique opportunity will provide substantial real-world experience in the scientific process as students work alongside marine educators, technicians, and scientists.
This project will shed light on the reproductive biology, age structure, and seasonal movements of the Southern Flounder within the Mississippi Sound and its watersheds. This information will be directly useful for resource managers caring for our fisheries.
Selected students will learn and apply the scientific process through development of the project hypotheses, experiment design, sampling gear designs, data collection, and laboratory analysis. Work will take place in the field and in the lab over a period of approximately 12 months.
Time commitments and schedules can be adjusted to meet individual student. Eight volunteer positions available; no compensation is provided.
Interested students are encouraged to apply by the November 21, 2014 deadline.
Additional Information and Questions
Contact Sam Clardy at 228.818.8885 or Sam.Clardy@usm.edu.
For a profile of Southern Flounder and an overview of their life history, visit the GCRL Southern Flounder and Gulf Flounder page.
Southern Flounder. Photo by Jim Franks, GCRL.