Partnerships, Collaborations and Assistantships

The ESM program offers selective fully-paid research and summer internships, including:

  1. Three Teaching Assistantships (Introductory Biology, Ecology)
  2. Four fully paid research internships (Horseshoe crabs and estuarine studies)
  3. One summer research internship available at the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Past Opportunities:

Andrew Dolan, featured in the news clip below, is an RA working on the "living shoreline" project in Stratford Point in the Lordship section of Stratford, Conn. He will start his second year in the ESM program in the fall.



Research Opportunities with SHU Faculty:

  • Estuary Restoration of Stratford Point, CT upland dune, saltmarsh and intertidal reef
  • Ecology and population dynamics of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound
  • Environmental and ecosystem analyses of lagoons in Italy
  • Coastal erosion studies on Long Island and CT coastlines
  • Effects of invasive plants on the physiology of migratory birds
  • Effects of environmental toxins on developing fish
  • Algal blooms: causes and effects
  • Sea grass restoration and chemical defense compounds
  • Microbial ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Animal Behavior and vocalizations

US Army Corps of Engineers, Hop Brook Lake, Middlebury, CT

SHU graduate students will provide assistance to USACE Hop Brook Lake projects for research, data collection, surveying, GPS mapping in environmental and Natural Resource Management programs. Types of projects performed may include but not limited to vernal pool studies, sediment inflow studies timber/wildlife/plant/wetland/watershed surveying, bird/bat studies, GPS marking/mapping, water sampling/analyzing, Invasive species surveying/eradication/control studies, fish census in streams, ocean/shore related studies at Stamford Hurricane Barrier etc.

Greenwich Land Trust, Greenwich, CT

During the fall Field Course (ESM 505), students and faculty will conduct research projects that include data collection, surveying, GPS mapping in environmental and Natural Resource Management programs on Greenwich Trust Land holdings. Types of projects performed may include but not limited to vernal pool studies, GPS marking/mapping, timber/wildlife/plant/wetland/watershed surveying, bird/bat studies, sediment inflow studies, water sampling/analyzing, invasive species surveying/eradication/control studies, fish census in ponds and streams, etc.

Aquarion Water Company

Graduate students will help with an American eel tracking project on Aspetuck River to benefit this unique migratory species.  The project is a collaboration between Aquarion Water Company, The Nature Conservancy, Sacred Heart University, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Graduate students in the Environmental Science & Management program within the Biology Department of SHU will be releasing the tagged fish, tracking and gathering the data on their movement patterns.  They will analyze and formally present their results in written and oral formats.

Town of Greenwich: Wetlands and Watercourses Agency, Greenwich, CT‌

Paid graduate student internship:  the student will conduct research projects that include data collection, surveying, GPS mapping in environmental and natural resource management for the Town of Greenwich: Wetlands and Watercourses Agency.  Specifically, with respect to surveying, eradication and control studies of invasive species in wetlands. The student will contribute to a management plan, analyze and formally present their results in written and oral formats.

Sea Research Foundation and Mystic Aquarium, CT

Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in an internship to investigate diseases and environmental toxins affecting marine mammals.

Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

Graduate students have the opportunity to conduct research on the Dingle peninsula and bay investigating population decline of economically important marine life and the effects and causes of invasive species population growth.