The state of Texas is a leader in deep-ocean drilling, gas exploration on land and development of alternative energy sources such as biomass and wind. The Deepwater Horizon spill has raised concerns about drilling and other forms of energy development and their impacts on human health, local economies, and the biodiversity and natural resources of Texas and adjacent waters. To confront the complex challenge of conserving biodiversity while meeting the needs of society, students need exposure and training in conflict resolution, natural resource policy, and the role of research in the natural and social science.
This program is funded through the generous support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. We seek applications for internship positions from undergraduate students interested in local issues related to the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and energy development and on broader questions of the relationship between energy development, energy policy and natural resources. Each intern will receive a small research stipend ($1,000) through a faculty advisor to conduct baseline research and financial support ($4000) for a proposed summer internship opportunity, available over the Fall and Spring semesters. The student will then spend at least one month, and up to the entire summer semester, working in a state or federal agency, NGO, private entity, or research facility, fully funded by the program, to gain hands-on experience on issues related to natural resource management and energy development. The majority of interns will be focused on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. A limited number of internships will be designed to work on broader questions that are applicable globally as well as to the Gulf of Mexico.
This opportunity is open to all undergraduates at Texas A&M University regardless of department or major as well as students from Texas A&M University at Galveston. The Principal Investigator for this project is Dr. Thomas Lacher in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences based at Texas A&M University, College Station.