The Focus

/The Focus

The Focus

Programs and research projects are developed by qualified and experienced scientists and educators with an aim at creating dynamic opportunities for citizens and professionals with a commitment to conservation. The MCERC Education Hub is the portal for distance learning, experimential field intensive programs, internships, day excursions, and outreach programs. Interns and research assistants  are mentored by senior scientists as they are guided through developing tools essential for future careers research, education, and management by participating in data collection and analysis, regulations and policy, outreach events, and mentoring students.

The MCERC Education Hub is the portal for distance learning, experimential field intensive programs, internships, day excursions, and outreach programs. Interns and research assistants  are mentored by senior scientists as they are guided through developing tools essential for future careers research, education, and management by participating in data collection and analysis, regulations and policy, outreach events, and mentoring students.

Professional development goals include providing fledgling scientists and university students with courses that often earn credit hours through independent study at their university. MCERC faculty serve as supervisors during field intensive programs and report back to interns academic advisors on campus.

Experiential field programs and research projects are designed to support the local economy. Administrators actively seek collaborators in under-served areas or research projects that will benefit financially from MCERC participation. Chartering small vessels, renting accommodation, purchasing supplies from local small businesses are examples of how MCERC field programs bring revenue into remote communities. Outreach events are an exciting part of the activities and a chance to create ambassadors for conservation initiatives, including small changes at home.