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Cawthron Scholarship - Comparing Responses of Shellfish to Aerial Exposure Project

Closing Date: 9 August 2020
Value: $5,000
Region: Not region specific
Tertiary Institution: Any
Offered by: Cawthron Institute
Study Level: Undergraduate, Summer Internship
Study Area: Science & Mathematics, Seafood

Open to undergraduate science students interested in aquaculture.

The scholarship will be based at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson, for 10 weeks beginning November 2019. 

Scholarship project: Evaluate the response of different species of shellfish to aerial exposure under controlled experimental conditions in order to understand the effects of the commercial transportation of live individuals out of the water.

The objective of this project will be to complement the work already done with mussels as well as applying similar approaches to evaluate the behavioural and biological response of other species such as oysters and geoducks to aerial exposure. The scholar will work with different species of shellfish under controlled experimental conditions and will gain insight into shellfish behaviour, desiccation, blood chemistry changes, and survival when they are out of water.

The student will be expected to participate during the project planning, set-up and development, including sampling, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. This will be achieved by the student through presentations to the scientific community and industry partners. Other outputs generated may take the form of reports or scientific publications.