Field Work Inspires Manatee Photo-identification Interns

Interested in manatee research? Join the manatee photo-identification team and study manatees in their natural habitat.

By joining the photo-identification team, you will gain countless skills important in the field of wildlife research as you observe and photograph manatees, collect behavioral and environmental data, and assist with lab-based photo-identification tasks.

Current Internship Opportunities

Manatee Photo-ID Internship Information

What past interns say about the program:

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“What I liked most, besides being able to see manatees in their natural habitat, was being able to work independently.”

Joni Westmoreland
Summer 2018

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“I really like the ability to work independently and as a group and I think this program provided a good mix of both. I really enjoyed the program.”

Taylor Joy
Winter 2017-2018


“I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone looking to gain valuable research experience in an extremely organized program.”

Emma Jones
Summer 2017


“All of the staff I worked with, including Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab staff, were always welcoming and friendly, easily approachable, willing to answer any questions I had, and just fun to work with.”


Erik Rohrkaste
Winter 2016-2017

 Elizabeth Horner

 “It was a great experience to be involved in actual efforts supporting research and conservation. It immerses you in the data collection aspect of research and provides valuable experience.”

Elizabeth Horner
Summer 2016

 Shelby Yahn

"I cannot emphasize enough how exciting and unique it was during an internship to be integrated directly into a research team instead of feeling like an accessory. I would absolutely recommend this internship to others. It was an amazing experience and I feel that I have become a better researcher from the skills and experiences that I have acquired here.  After leaving this internship, I feel motivated and encouraged for my future as a researcher.” 

Shelby Yahn
Winter 2015-2016

 Sara Wappes

"I learned a lot and added quite a few skills to my repertoire. In addition, I got to meet and work with some very wonderful and knowledgeable staff members that are experts in their field. Oh, and getting to look at manatees all day long was just an added bonus!"

Sara Wappes 
Summer 2015

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