Exploration Science Students Prepare for Internships

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This fall the Exploration Science students will be heading off to different locations for their internships.   Some will be local to the Miami area, while others will be more far flung.

Two will be interning with the National Park Service and will be based in the unique, remote and beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park.  There, one intern will be working with sea turtle conservation while the other will be assisting with invasive lion fish assessment and removal.

Another student will be heading to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a brief internship with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute before heading to do more extensive fieldwork in Australia in September.  He will be working in conjunction with RSMAS Ph.D. students in the remote Shark Bay area exploring some of the physical oceanographic features of this area, which have not been studied before.   He will be installing data collection equipment, managing a remote field site, analyzing data and helping to plan the expedition.

Two more students will be involved with Vanguard Divers based out to the British Columbia.  This novel and ground breaking organization of science and exploration divers will be focusing on a debris assessment and clean up of an area in the BC region using OpenROVs and technical diving to observe, document and assess the debris and how it will be removed.

Finally, one student will be local working at the Frost Museum of Science, where he is currently a full time employee.  He will start his internship in the spring of 2016, focusing on implementing an exploration outreach program at the museum.

We are excited and proud of these students in getting these internships that will provide a springboard to their careers and opportunities beyond their degrees.

Good Luck!

UM launches Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP)

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RSMAS has officially launched the Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP), which is a platform centered around an Airbus Helicopters H125 helicopter. The helicopter was custom built for research needs and has the ability to be customized with a range of sensors and equipment depending on the mission.   The unique aspects of this aircraft give unprecedented ability to hover and fly close to ocean surface where it can collect a variety of data related to atmospheric processes.  In addition, it will be a valuable tool for use in Exploration Science for surveying remote areas, getting aerial perspectives on field sites and covering large areas efficiently.  For more information, please click here.