WaYS Internships

Turtle Survey on the North Branch of Meduxnekeag River

Dave Putnam (University of Maine Presque Isle) is looking for high school and college students to help with a complete survey of the North Branch of the Meduxnekeag River to determine the presence, general population density, and locations of possible wood turtle clusters within the drainage.  The overall objective is to assist Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to complete their statewide assessment of wood turtle population.  The project is planned to be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays In May and the first half of June.  Students will  record all captured or observed turtles, including water and air temperatures, habitat, gender, carapace length, and take carapace and plastron photographs of captured turtles.  Turtles will be replaced exactly as they were found following recording procedures.  We will also make observations about glacial and fluvial geomorphology, and record any evidence of archaeological material that we may encounter.  If you are interested, please contact Cara O’Donnell (water@maliseets.com) or tish carr (waysprogram@gmail.com).

Maine Coastal Shell Middens

Alice Kelly (University of Maine Orono/School of Earth and Climate Sciences) has developed an exciting research program on Maine’s shell middens — mapping, investigating, preserving them. Her work would be fascinating to students with an interest in the natural sciences and/or archaeology, and it could be a natural fit for collaborating with TEK mentors from the Wabanaki  community. Alice is already working with community organizations in Damariscotta and has made some waves in the news.  Here are some links to see what this is all about!

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/science/native-americans-shell-middens-maine.html

http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/ancient-shell-middens-speak-climate-and-culture

https://bangordailynews.com/2017/11/15/homestead/citizen-scientists-may-help-save-maines-ancient-garbage-piles/

Marine Sedimentation Studies

Katherine Allen (University of Maine Orono/School of Earth and Climate Sciences ) has projects in the marine sedimentology and stable isotope laboratories. There are two main projects in which the student/s will be involved, depending on interest: 1) Investigating Maine’s water cycle through stable isotope analysis, and 2) Paleoceanography of the Gulf of Maine. To prepare for this work, the student/s will receive lab and field safety training, as well as training in specific methods: field collection of water samples for stable isotope analysis, laboratory training in stable isotope analysis, processing of marine sediment samples, and micropaleontology (fossil identification). Student/s will take weekly water samples from the Penobscot River to monitor composition from winter through the spring runoff and into the summer. They will assist with laboratory analysis of these samples and participate in construction of an online database where data will be stored and eventually shared with the community. The working hours are flexible.