Summer Research Program

The University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program will be conducting 2 summer research programs and we are seeking applications from motivated and aspiring conservation biologists to join our team.

Summer Research Program

Summer Research Program Details

Immersive research program to assess the ecology and ecosystem effects of the ocean’s top predators.

Science & Conservation: The research mission of this program will be to assess the ecology and biology of sharks in relation to urbanization and climate stressors. Research activities will include shark abundance surveys, tagging, and tracking, as well as physiological sampling and associated laboratory analyses.

Unparalleled research opportunities: The project allows students to gain research training and engage in scientific inquiry through participation with University of Miami scientists and staff. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes in marine conservation biology.

Sea & Lab: : Each summer research program will be two weeks in duration, composed of both boat-based and laboratory research work at the University of Miami. The first week will primarily involve boat-based research and the second week will be primarily devoted to laboratory work.


Session 1  |   June 11 – June 22, 2018
Session 2  |   June 25 – July 6, 2018

  • Boat-based shark research
  • Laboratory activities
  • Research equipment
  • Scientific training
  • Captain, crew, staff
Not Included:
  • Food
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation

Internship cost: $2,000.00 per session

Space is limited!

Thank you so much for the incredible opportunity to be a part of this internship these last two weeks. I have learned so much and not all of it was even about sharks. This experience has taught me so much and I know they are skills that will help me in the future. This lab is something special and I know it will make a difference in protecting sharks.

-Summer Program Participant ’17

I think the program was well planned and executed. I would go back and do it again if I could but I’m so grateful this program was available because it was life changing.

– Summer Program Participant ’17

To be considered for the summer research program, please click here and complete this application.

Research Projects

  • Diversity and abundance monitoring
  • Immunological health assessment
  • Food-web dynamics & predator-prey interactions
  • Movement ecology and habitat use
  • Functional morphology

Research Methods

  • Drumline sampling and trap surveys
  • Acoustic tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Satellite tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Accelerometry
  • Non-lethal biopsy sampling
  • Morphological measurements
  • Diet & nutritional analysis
  • Blood sampling and processing

Other details:

  1. Arrival and Departure: Program dates are inclusive of the two week period, so participants need to plan to be in Miami at least a day before and after the internship dates
  2. Weekends: During the program, weekends are at your leisure. Miami offers a range of exciting extra-curricular activities. Some ideas can be found HERE
  3. Lifestyle, accommodations and daily transportation: All field and lab activities will be based daily out of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Field boat-based trips will leave and return daily from Miami. Miami can be an expensive city to visit. We’ve negotiated housing with the University of Miami’s Housing & Residential Life. Enjoy peace of mind, security, and convenience at our main campus located in Coral Gables. Dorm-style accommodations are available to you. Housing rates are inclusive of 12-night’s stay (you can arrange for a few days more on an individual basis if you like), a parking permit if you drove your car, unlimited access to the Herbert Wellness Center, and shuttle service between main campus and the Rosenstiel marine campus. This is a great deal when you apply our promo code. In addition, you can add meal service if you don’t want to step outside campus for breakfast or dinner.
  4. Participation Fee: If accepted to the program, payment via credit card in the full amount will be required to secure your spot.
  5. Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel the program if we are unable to maintain the number of required participants. All participant fees will be refunded in this case.
  6. School Credit Policy: The summer research program is a non-credit-bearing program. Therefore, financial aid is not available.