Tropical Marine Biology and Conservation Internships

Our marine conservation internship team is here to welcome local and international students to further their studies. 

We run a full marine conservation internship curriculum that kicks off at the beginning of every month. You can choose a 2 week, 4 week or 8 week program that you can customize to suit your areas of focus and specialization. 

We organize everything except the flights, you can chat directly with our Head of Marine Conservation to help design your personal program.

You will spend the first week working on our Core Marine Conservation Course. After that, we have a broad selection of specialization modules to choose from – you can read more about those below. 

There will be ample opportunity to dive on our local marine protected area. It’s the oldest in the country and Dibba Rock has a vibrant ecosystem with high levels of biodiversity and a healthy coral reef environment to study. Our shark and turtle population provide additional opportunities for specialized course work.

There is also a continuous environmental monitoring program where we will teach you all the skills required to perform underwater research. 

Learn About Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Curriculum
Marine Conservation Curriculum

You can choose your areas of marine biology specialization and focus from our comprehensive Marine Conservation curriculum. The Core Marine Conservation course is the foundation. Once you have completed it, you can pick your own learning path. That means you can progress at your own speed with the topics that interest you the most. 

All of our marine science courses are scheduled to run every month. If you’d like to join, all you need to do is check out our events calendar to find a date that works for you and get signed up!

We want to help you optimize your learning experience and help you make the best of your stay with us. So if you need a customized program, contact us and we will craft your perfect educational experience.

We’ll work with you to create your ideal mix of online learning, face-to-face classroom work, practical in-water experience and time in our laboratory. If you are traveling to us from abroad or would just prefer a ‘staycation’ residential course, we can help you design your customized marine conservation internship.

Marine Conservation Module Descriptions
Core Marine Conservation course.
This course is designed to give you a well rounded, in depth understanding of the oceans and the fantastic creatures that inhabit them, before looking at the threats to this environment and what can be done to mitigate these threats.
You can read more about the course here.

This consists of 5 topics:

  • The Blue Planet : Why are the oceans important and how do they help the whole planet to sustain life? What are the chemical and physical limitations of the oceans and how does this affect marine species?
  • Marine Ecosystems: A look at how the previously identified physical factors affect distribution of marine life and an examination of the different ecosystems throughout the Earth’s oceans.
  • Marine Biodiversity: An introduction to the range of species found throughout the planet’s ocean ecosystems and how the ocean environment drives speciation.
  • The State of the Reefs: What are the threats posed to the earth’s marine ecosystems and particularly the coral reefs throughout the tropical regions? Whether caused naturally or by man, the health of the oceans is declining and we identify and examine the threats in this section.
  • Marine Conservation: What techniques and actions can be taken to mitigate these threats? Is marine conservation just a drop in the ocean?
Ecology Foundation (1 Hour)

A quick biology and ecology refresher making sure that we are all on the same page with regard to marine biology terminology and fundamentals.

Lab Foundation

This is an orientation class for microscopy, dissection techniques and laboratory fundamentals.

Coral Reef Ecology

Have you ever wondered: what is coral? What is a coral reef? How does the coral feed, grow, reproduce and survive? What is Zooxanthellae? Where did coral come from? This is the course that answers all those questions for you!

Environmental monitoring program

A course designed to train you in the skills of underwater survey techniqueshow these different techniques are applicable in different situations enabling you to collect relevant data in order to establish and contribute to long term environmental monitoring programs.

Advanced environmental monitoring program

A focus on coral species identification and associated benthic surveys, before looking at the associated statistical and analytical techniques which can be implemented upon the data identifying potential correlations.


The marine environment is so biodiverse primarily down to the huge array of different marine invertebrates, On this course we look at the strange and beautiful creepy crawlies of the oceans, what defines them and what role they play in marine ecosystems. 


Octopus, cuttlefish, snails, slugs and more! A look at marine molluscs, their identifying traits and the roles they play within marine ecosystems


A more in depth look at these stunning intelligent creatures.


Starfish, Sea urchins, Sea cucumbers and more! How these Creatures play a pivotal role in maintaining the equilibrium of the marine ecosystems.


Crabs, Lobsters and a whole bunch more of these wonderful marine creatures, what role they play in marine ecosystems. A focus on some of the weird and wacky creatures that scuttle around our reefs.


On this course we will identify the diversity of vertebrate species found throughout the ocean ecosystems, the role they play in these environments and identify a few evolution adaptations creating this array of beautiful species.

Bony Fish

The majority of the marine life we think of naturally falls into this specification of bony fish, also known as Teleosts. In this workshop we will look into how to accurately identify these species and what physiological adaptations define them. 


Let’s take a look at totally awesome sea turtles and the role they play in marine ecosystems throughout the oceans. Then we go diving with them!


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Let’s have a look at these misunderstood creatures, their physiological adaptations, the role they play in marine ecosystems and how the way that humans treat them will lead to our own demise.


A look at marine mammals, how they came to be and what role they play in marine ecosystems. What adaptations have they amassed allowing them to inhabit the oceans in the way that they do and what threats still remain to these magnificent creatures. 

Coral Nursery

We take a look at coral propagation techniques and the theory behind it before going and getting practical hands-on experience with fragment collection and placement. 

Artificial Reef

We look at the theory behind the implementation of artificial reefs before getting hands on experience creating and transplanting coral onto these structures.

Advanced Coral Propagation

Coral nursery maintenance techniques and an increased set coral propagation techniques allowing you to work on the nurseries in the future without supervision.

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