Each year the Great Pond Foundation engages the services of college interns to assist with our Ecological Monitoring Program and work with our Scientific Program Manager and Watershed Outreach Manager. GPF is committed to scientific data collection, much of which involves assessing water quality in Edgartown Great Pond and Chilmark Pond. In addition to water sampling, interns will help monitor eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds and survey for invertebrates such as shellfish, jellyfish, and tunicates. In summer 2021, we will be starting a Biodiversity Monitoring Program, where we will study species composition and abundance of fish, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in the Pond using beach seine and plankton nets.

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