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University of Minnesota Summer Arctic Field Ecology Internship 6/6/05
National Park Service (California) Technician, Aquatic Ecology 6/2/05
USDA Forest Service Interns, Arctic Field Ecology 5/23/05
Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans REU, coastal wetlands conservation, Mexico 5/12/05
University of California Berkeley summer lab asst, agricultural entomology 5/10/05
University of Arizona REU, ecosystem C cycling 5/7/05 4/29/05
US Geological Survey Summer Asst, Amphibians & Reptiles 4/18/05 4/1/05
University of New Mexico REU, small mammals 4/11/05
University of Notre Dame REU, aquatic and stream ecology 4/10/05 3/9/05
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Interns, bird/amphibian monitoring 4/4/05 3/22/05
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Summer interns, Lobster Ecology 4/1/05 2/25/05
Oregon State University Summer field crew, forest ecology 4/1/05 2/8/05
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Summer intern, turtle ecology 3/30/05 2/28/05
University of Nevada, Reno Summer Research, invasive weeds/rangeland restoration 3/20/05 2/25/05
Bradley University REU, ecology 3/15/05 3/1/05
S.M. Stoller Corp. Summer Technicians, ecology 3/15/05 2/25/05
Mississippi State University REU, conservation biology 3/15/05 2/23/05
Kent State University REU, Lake Erie Ecosystem Watershed 3/15/05 1/28/05
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, Plant Biology and Conservation (8 positions) 3/15/05 1/10/05
University of Toledo Summer Field Asst, soil ecology/climate change 3/14/05
University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer field research, Arctic vegetation change 3/14/05 3/7/05
Chicago Botanic Garden Ecology/evolution of plant-insect interactions 3/14/05 2/14/05
University of California Summer technicians, fire ecology 3/11/05 2/25/05
University of Nebraska-Lincoln REU, Mathematical control theory & population dynamics 3/11/05 1/28/05
Harvard Forest REU, Ecology (30 positions) 3/4/05 2/3/05
Colorado State University Summer Tech, forest fire ecology 3/1/05
Fordham University Summer Undergraduate Research program 3/1/05 2/18/05
Kansas State University REU, Tallgrass Prairie Conservation (8 positions) 3/1/05 1/21/05
Weber State University REU, Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem (10 positions) 3/1/05 1/21/05
Cleveland State University REU, Urban Stream Ecology (10 positions) 3/1/05 1/7/05
University of Minnesota Ecological research interns (40 positions) 3/1/05 1/5/05
Clarkson University REU, Environmental Sciences and Engineering 3/1/05 12/21/04
University of Puerto Rico Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/28/05 1/13/05
University of Houston Summer research assts, harvester ant biology 2/25/05
USDA Forest Service Summer research assts, Nevada 2/25/05
USDA Forest Service Summer Botany Field Technician 2/24/05
Wichita State University Summer field assistants, plant-insect interactions 2/21/05 2/9/05
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, estuarine ecosystems 2/16/05
University of Pittsburgh Field crew leader, old-growth forest survey 2/15/05
Organization for Tropical Studies REU, Tropical Ecology, Costa Rica 2/15/05 1/21/05
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, Arctic Research in Alaska 2/10/05
USDA Forest Service Temp Technician, Modoc National Forest, California 2/3/05
Lava Beds National Monument Wildlife (Pika) Distribution 1/31/05 1/13/05
USDA Forest Service Field Botanists, West Virginia 1/27/05
University of Nebraska at Omaha Summer field assistants, grassland birds 12/2/04
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships 11/17/04

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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Lobster Ecology. Interested undergraduates and recent graduates are invited to apply for summer internships in subtidal benthic ecology research. Internships are available for all or part of mid-May through October 2005. We especially encourage students interested in pursuing a career in marine science, ecology, or fisheries. Research during the summer of 2005 continues more than a decade of research on early life history and recruitment processes of the American lobster in New England. This is the third year a project supported by NSF that is collaboration between researchers at Bigelow Laboratory and San Diego State University. The aim of the research is to evaluate the interaction of larval settlement, habitat availability, and predation on New England-wide patterns of American lobster distribution and abundance. The research will be conducted in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Interns will spend much of their time in the field, conducting underwater surveys and experimental manipulations to address the project objectives. Additionally, interns will be expected to assist with other ongoing research projects, as well as data entry and analysis. Applicants must be SCUBA certified and provide their own equipment, except tanks. Divers can expect water temperatures ranging from 9-18C in the Gulf of Maine, and sometimes low visibility. Dry-suits are not required, but are highly recommended, as field days will regularly consist of multiple dives in all weather conditions. Prior experience with outboard motor boats, computer spreadsheets and statistical software is desirable, but not required. This is an intensive field-based research program with long hours and physically demanding work. Therefore, a commensurate level of physical fitness is expected. Work will be staged from Bigelow Laboratory in West Boothbay Harbor, the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus. Interns are housed at the Darling Marine Center or at URI where dormitory, kitchen, vessel, and diving facilities are available. Interns are provided a living stipend and dormitory housing. The opportunity to earn 3 upper level undergraduate credits for the internship is also available. Applications should include a completed questionnaire, resumé, academic transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of recommendation. Questionnaires are available at www.bigelow.org. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Charlene Bergeron (see below). Send all material by ground mail to: Charlene Bergeron, Wahle Lab/ Lobster Internship, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575. email: cbergeron@bigelow.org, tel: 207 633 9670, fax: 207 633 9641. Review of applications begins in April, 2005. Posted: 2/25/05.

Bradley University: NSF-REU Program, June 6th-August 12th, 2005, Peoria, IL. We are recruiting six undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week intensive summer research experience in ecology. Students will be exposed to molecular, physiological, organismal, community and ecosystem approaches. Although individual students will be responsible for a particular project, they will also work collaboratively with other REU students and faculty mentors on related projects. REU participants will be expected to submit a final report in journal format and to present their results at an in-house research symposium held at the conclusion of the summer. In addition to undergrads, K-12 educators and local minority high school students will also be involved in research and other program activities. Students will be immersed in a culture that (1) integrates research and educational activities throughout and beyond the classroom, (2) fosters and supports multi-investigator, multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary collaborations, (3) introduces students to the broader scientific community through multiple university collaborations and research at multi-investigator research sites and (4) shows the highest commitment to supporting faculty-student research. Selection criteria for REU participants include (1) a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and the successful completion of two years of Biology and one year of Chemistry; (2) letters of recommendation; (3) a statement of research interests; and (4) a statement of career goals. Applicants not meeting the stated criteria will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Minority students are encouraged to apply. REU students will be provided on-campus housing and will receive a stipend of $3500 and a $1000 meal allowance for the 10-week period. Additional information and an online application or contact Kelly McConnaughay (309-677-3020, kdm@bradley.edu). Review date: March 15. Deadline: March 30. Posted: 2/24/05, revised: 3/1/05.

CEDO Intercultural: Two undergraduate students are needed to participate in a research program assessing the conservation priority of coastal wetlands in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico at the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. The positions will be funded under NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates. Students should be available to work during the summer, approximately from June 15 to August 15. We are seeking undegraduate students who have not yet completed their degree and who are US citizens or permanent residents. Travel expenses, stipend and per diem will be paid. Lodging will be provided at the field station. The students will be involved in two projects: the first one will track land use and land cover changes in two wetlands in the region from 1968-2005 using aerial photography. The second project will involve documenting conditions in Bahía Cholla, a highly impacted-wetland, for an environmental assessment report. Although these projects will be the main focus of the research experience, it is also expected that both students will participate in the ongoing research at Estero Morua which includes assessment of marsh functions (e.g. food chain support and marsh plant canopy architecture). Desired qualifications include class work or major in marine science, environmental science, botany, conservation biology or geography and basic knowledge or fluency in Spanish (recommended). Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please send CV's to: Hem Nalini Morzaria Luna, Ph.D., Research Coordinator, CEDO, hemnalini@cedointercultural.org. Posted: 5/12/05.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer Field Research for undergrads or recent graduates. Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator and plant-herbivore interactions? We are looking for field assistants (two undergraduates and one recent grad) for an NSF-funded research project on habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie. We are investigating how small plant population sizes influence inbreeding, pollination, and herbivory in the purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure fitness and floral traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is included and there is a stipend. There are opportunities for doing an independent project. If you want more information or wish to apply, see http://www.cbs.umn.edu/~wagenius/jobs/ or contact Stuart Wagenius (847 835 6978, swagenius@chicagobotanic.org). Applications due 14 March 2005. Posted: 2/14/05.

Chicago Botanic Garden: The Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University are accepting applications for a Summer Research Program in Plant Biology and Conservation Science (June 15 - August 30, 2005) supported by a National Science Foundation-REU site grant. This year we will offer up to 8 awards to qualified undergraduates interested in conducting plant research. Stipends of $3,000 plus accommodation costs will be awarded to successful applicants. Funds are also available to support research and travel. We offer students hands-on experience and training in a wide variety of field studies, including: plant demography, quantitative genetics, molecular ecology, plant breeding, invasive plant dynamics, paleoethnobotany, economic botany, soil ecology, and remote sensing. Responsibilities may include field sampling, laboratory studies, and data analysis. Core program activities include the design and execution of independent, mentored research projects, and participation in weekly seminars. Throu! gh these activities, students will learn the fundamentals of experimental design, the use of the scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and oral presentation. At the end of the summer, students will analyze their data, prepare an abstract, and present their findings at a student research symposium. Applications and further information can be obtained from Dr. David Lentz (dlentz@chicagobotanic.org). Completed applications for the summer of 2005 must be received by March 15 and notification of acceptance into the program will be provided by April 20. Acceptance into the program will be based on academic performance, your professional goals and research interests. Posted: 1/10/05.

Clarkson University: Summer Research Opportunities In Environmental Sciences and Engineering for Environmental engineering or science students expecting to graduate between December 2005 and May 2007. Ten weeks, May 20- July 29, 2005. Conduct environmental research with faculty and graduate student mentors. Research projects are available in the following areas: - aquatic and atmospheric chemistry; - green chemistry; - biodiversity and ecological sustainability; - drinking water and hazardous waste treatment technologies; - environmental stresses on biological systems; - lifecycle assessment and sustainable energy; - bioremediation and fate of subsurface contamination. Benefits: free room and board, a stipend of $3,500, some travel expenses. Apply by March 1, 2005. For complete information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu/reu/. Posted: 12/21/04.

Cleveland State University: We are now seeking 10 applicants for the 10-week summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Urban Stream Ecology. The program stresses interdisciplinary, collaborative research within the Cuyahoga River watershed. Student projects have included investigations of the effects of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity of stream organisms, effects of urban disturbance on ecological interactions within streams and riparian zones, and the development of indicators of ecological health of small stream ecosystems. Similar research foci are planned for summer 2005. The program also offers a variety of training, as well as social and cultural experiences. Classroom and field instruction covers such topics as Great Lakes geology, urban stream ecology, and stream site characterization. Also, a weekly seminar series provides students with opportunities to interact with environmental professionals from a variety of academic, government and private agencies and offers insight into career opportunities and broader perspectives in urban ecosystem studies, e.g., social, legislative, economic, and ethical issues. Students are provided with a $3000 stipend. On-campus housing is provided to students from outside the Cleveland area. Although we provide no food allowance per se, the field station that is a central facility in this project maintains a fully stocked kitchen that students are free to utilize as they wish. Additional information and application materials can be found at www.csuohio.edu/cestp/REU or by contacting Dr. Michael Walton, Dept of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115 (e-mail: b.walton@csuohio.edu, telephone: 216-687-3979). Review date: March 1, 2005. Posted: 1/7/05.

Colorado State University: Student Technician II Applications accepted until position is filled. Pay: starts at $10.50/hr. Housing: Provided. Employment period is for 12 to 16 weeks between May 2005 and August 2005 Location: Black Hills National Forest, Custer and Hill City, South Dakota. To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 reference contacts to the e-mail (e-mail preferred) or address below. Project description: This project aims to develop techniques to maintain fuels treatments using prescribed fire to regulate ponderosa pine regeneration in the Black Hills. Summer fieldwork will be aimed at sampling the forest characteristics in areas that were prescribed burn in the Fall of 2004 in the Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. Field staff will hike to field sites established in Summer of 2004 and measure survivorship of ponderosa pine seedlings/saplings, surface fuel consumption, and other fire damage variables. Establishment of new field sites to be prescribed burn in Fall of 2005 will also take place. Field staff will hike into predetermined sites and measure forest structure, seedling regeneration, fuels, and other stand characteristics. Laboratory work may include field data entry, core sample preparation, and other duties as assigned. Working hours vary from 8-10 hours/day, although the crew leader may schedule longer or shorter days or workweeks to facilitate scheduling. For example, a 40 hours workweek may consist of 5, eight hour days or 4, ten hour days. In the event of inclement weather, a 6th day may be required to complete the work week. This position will require organizational, navigational, and time management skills. Enthusiastic, highly motivated individuals with previous experience working in forests or burned areas are preferable. Qualifications: Work experience or coursework including field exercises covering the following: 1) Skill in the use of instruments for measuring tree and forest stand characteristics, including diameter tapes, compass, prisms, clinometers, and increment borers. 2) Coursework or experience in forestry, natural resources management, forest ecology, or related field is desired. 3) Ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, radios, GPS, other field equipment. 4) This position is 90% + field work. Field technician may be exposed to hot dry weather, rough terrain, unpredictable weather, insects, and other environmental conditions; must be capable of sustained physical work under these conditions. Contact: Mike Battaglia (mbattagl@cnr.colostate.edu). Posted: 3/1/05.

Fordham University: The Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station has a select number of paid research opportunities for undergraduate students in our Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR) program. The CSUR program will run from May 30 through August 19, 2005. Students will work at a wooded field station with start-of-the-art research laboratories, less than an hour from New York City. This year we will offer approximately six awards to qualified undergraduates interested in conducting independent research. Stipends of $3600 plus a travel reimbursement will be awarded to successful applicants, and rent at the field station is free. Limited funds are available to support research and local travel. Applications are due March 1, 2005. Successful candidates will be matched with scientists with similar research interests. Core program activities include the design and execution of independent, closely mentored research projects, and participation in mini-courses and weekly seminars. Through these activities, students will learn the fundamentals of experimental design, use of the scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and oral presentation. Applications are due March 1st, 2005. More information, including application form and a list of research areas. You may also request information from the CSUR office by phone: CSUR office: 914-273-3078, ext. 10 or fax: 914-273-2167. Posted: 2/18/05.

Harvard Forest: Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological investigations for 12 weeks during the summer of 2005 (May 31-August 19). Each student will participate in an ongoing research project with a researcher from Harvard University, The Ecosystems Research Center of the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole Research Center among other institutions. Responsibilities may include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly seminars and workshops given by nationally known scientists on topics regarding ecosystem research, career planning, ethics of research, and graduate school preparation. At the end of the summer, students will develop their research results, prepare an abstract, and present their findings at a student research symposium. Academic credit may be arranged with the student's home institution. Harvard Forest research focuses on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global warming, hurricanes, forest harvesting and invasive organisms on forested ecosystems. Researchers come from many disciplines and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. Summer 2005 projects details and researchers are detailed at the Harvard Forest REU website. Application Deadline: March 4, 2005. Posted: 2/3/05.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: One intern position is currently available for a university student to participate in a population ecology study of eastern box turtles. We have marked over 450 marked box turtles and we investigate population structure, habitat use, home range size, and diet. Radio telemetry is used to map home ranges. The intern will assist primarily with the box turtle study but will also help with other projects (herp surveys, MAPS bird netting, stream studies, etc.). Applicants should enjoy fieldwork and long hours outside, sometimes under uncomfortable conditions. A high degree of self-motivation is crucial. Mud, high humidity, thunderstorms, biting insects and poison ivy are part of the natural environment here. The intern will also complete an independent research project that is closely related to one of our on-going studies. An oral presentation and written report on this project are required at the end of the field season. Interns are responsible for finding their own living arrangements. The intern receives a $3,000 stipend. Project Dates: Start date is May 15 and the completion date is August 15. Work Schedule: Interns work at least five full days a week. Weekends and evenings are required on occasion. Qualifications: Applicants must be a junior, senior or recent graduate majoring in the life sciences or related field. Interns must be highly motivated, capable of independent work and must have a serious interest in learning about the natural world. Work is often in wet and muddy habitats. Experience in small boats, kayaks and canoes is a plus. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of walking in knee-deep mud. Deadline: March 30, 2004. Application procedure: Send resume, cover letter (include summary of field experience, research experience, relevant coursework, and career goals), transcripts (need not be official) and names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 professional references to: Christopher Swarth at jugbay@toad.net or by mail to: Christopher Swarth Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711. For questions, call (410) 741-9330 or jugbay@toad.net. Posted: 2/28/05.

Kansas State University: The Division of Biology will be offering the 10th annual NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Summer 2005. We are seeking 8 undergraduate applicants interested in summer research projects addressing topics in the Conservation of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem. Participants will have great opportunities to conduct independent ecological research projects under the guidance of experienced researchers working in conservation biology and grassland ecology. Field projects will be conducted in the beautiful natural areas of Konza Prairie Biological Station, and at nearby sites in the Flint Hills region of northeast Kansas. Recent participants have examined taxa ranging from microbes to bison in freshwater and terrestrial habitats. Research questions have been equally broad, including topics in physiology, behavior, population and community ecology and ecosystem science. The summer stipend for the duration of the 10-week program will be $3750 in Summer 2005. Students will receive accommodation for the duration of the program in a furnished apartment, and will have access to resources of Kansas State University, including the library, student health center, and recreation center. Students will receive credit for a 3-credit college course: Research Seminar in Grassland Ecology. The REU program will cover tuition and book costs. In the final week of the program, students will travel to Montréal to attend the national scientific meeting of the Ecological Society of America. The REU program will run from May 30 to August 12, 2005. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2005. Students will be selected on the basis of academic record, research interests and diversity. Interested students can obtain additional information and application forms at http://www.ksu.edu/bsanderc/reu/, or by contacting: Dr. Gail Wilson, REU Program Coordinator, Division of Biology, 232 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, E-mail: gwtw@ksu.edu, Phone (785) 532-2892. Posted: 1/21/05.

Kent State University: Water Resources Research Institute Lake Erie Ecosystem Watershed Project, an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The program will be conducted during an eight week period from June 6th through July 31st, 2005. The goal of this project is to introduce undergraduate students from across the nation to environmental aquatic science research in the Lake Erie watershed. Undergraduates will be included in active research programs and introduced to the scientific process from identification of a research topic through publication of research findings in scientific literature. Stipend: $2500, Housing Allowance: $1100, Benefits: Travel to-from Kent State: Up to $500 For further information or to apply see: http://dept.kent.edu/wrri/REU/. Application deadline is March 15, 2005. Posted: 1/28/05.

Lava Beds National Monument: One assistant is sought to perform fieldwork in Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California during early April - early July 2005. The project's goals are to: a) better document distribution of American pikas (Ochotona princeps) in the Monument, through targeted searches in ice caves, lava-tube collapses, and lava flows; b) document the microclimates of these areas, through use of remote temperature-humidity recorders; and c) test competing hypotheses regarding the distribution of animals, including factors of climate, local habitat area, physiography, anthropogenic disturbance (due to Monument visitors), and vegetation. Assistant should be prepared for severe weather (below-freezing temps to hot, dry conditions), and some work on rough surfaces (e.g., lava) and in remote locations. Assistant will be hired at Lava Beds through the Student Conservation Association, and will be provided with a stipend, transportation while working in the Monument, and the opportunity to learn hands-on in a unique geologic and biological treasure. To apply, mail or email by 31 January 2005 a cover letter (outlining your interest in the position and highlighting your most relevant experience), resume, and list of three references to Mariana Morris (mariana_morris@partner.nps.gov; Lava Beds N.M., 1 Indian Well HQ, Tulelake, CA 96134; (530) 667-4088). Posted: 1/13/05.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for summer research fellowships in estuarine ecosystems in Massachusetts. Fellowships are sponsored by the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program and the TIDE project. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). REU participants are expected to start the program in May or early June and work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the summer. Successful candidates will conduct independent research projects that are linked to larger studies of watersheds, streams, estuary, marshes or tidal creeks. In addition, participants are expected to assist principal investigators, research assistants and graduate students with ongoing projects and gain experience in a variety of research areas related to coastal science. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and present their research results in oral presentations and in poster and written formats by the end of their fellowship. Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or environmental science. Undergraduates with strong backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, statistics or physics are strongly encouraged to apply. Attention to detail, the ability to work as a member of a team and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants must be willing to conduct moderately strenuous fieldwork (lifting, bending, carrying heavy equipment up to 60 lbs. and walking through waist high marine waters and marsh) in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions. Successful candidates will be expected to spend extended time at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole). Open until suitable candidates are identified. Please send cover letter describing your area of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to: Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources reference code [REU TIDE], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Applications may be sent by email with reference code [REU TIDE] to: resume@mbl.edu. Posted: 2/16/05.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska. The Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). We anticipate funding for supporting four REU positions to work on Arctic research during the 2005 field season. Duties: In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically assume an independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season. Required: Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants must in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity and prepared to live in an isolated setting with harsh environmental conditions. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the Station and a stipend. Open until suitable candidates are identified. Please send cover letter, resume, transcripts and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to: Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources reference code [REU ITEX], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Applications may be sent by email with reference code [REU ITEX] to: resume@mbl.edu. Posted: 2/10/05.

Mississippi State University: MSU offers research experiences to undergraduate students interested in conservation biology of southeastern US ecosystems. This REU program will provide opportunities for hands-on research experience with aquatic and terrestrial plants, fish, and birds. Research will take place in the lab as well as in the field, in locations such as the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway and National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges of MS and adjacent states. The program will run from June 2 to August 6, 2005. Students will conduct research under the guidance of MSU Biological Sciences faculty. Students will receive a stipend of $300 per week for 10 weeks, plus housing, meal allowance, and travel to and from Starkville. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduate students at accredited institutions. Graduating seniors are not eligible. The program seeks academically strong students interested in conservation biology. Students with limited research opportunities and those from groups typically under-represented in science are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due on Tuesday, March 15, 2005. Additional information and application forms. Direct questions can be emailed to: giselle@biology.msstate.edu. Posted: 2/23/05.

National Park Service: seeking one continuing student that qualifies as a GS-5 (or GS-4) biological science technician to implement an amphibian/ecological restoration project in high elevation backcountry lakes and streams of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), California. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program and must be taking at least six units in the fall (or winter) 2005 quarter. The GS-5 wage rate is $13.21/hr and the GS-4 wage rate is $11.81/hr. Work dates are from 6/27 - 9/29. The successful applicant will work as part of a two- person crew restoring a population of mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) in a wilderness location in the backcountry of Kings Canyon NP at about 10,500 feet in elevation. The position involves 1) removing introduced trout from several lakes and their tributaries using gill nets and backpack electrofishers, and 2) conducting shoreline visual encounter surveys for herpetofauna at treatment and nearby control lakes. The field sites are up to 17 miles from the trailhead. The pay period work schedule is an 8-hour day, 10 days in a row, with four days off in a row in the backcountry. The season will last for seven pay periods (14 weeks). The successful applicant will spend most of the season in wilderness, sleep in a backpacking tent, cook in a mosquito tent with a propane stove, and must supply own food, clothing, boots, water bottles & dinnerware. SEKI will supply backpack, sleeping bag & pad, tent, cooking stove & pots, fuel, filter, and restoration equipment. Duty Station: Backcountry. Requirements: Background in aquatic biology, backpacking experience, and ability to: a. hike with a backpack for long distances (up to 17 miles per day) on trail and cross-country terrain at high elevation (up to 12,000 feet); b. identify High Sierra amphibian species, distinguish between their life stages, and estimate numbers of individuals detected by species and life stage; c. use gill nets (deployed by float tube) and backpack electrofishers to eradicate introduced trout in lakes and streams; d. work well with one other person in a remote setting for three months. If you are a continuing student and available for the full term of this position, please call or E-mail Danny Boiano, SEKI Aquatic Ecologist, at (559) 565-4273 or danny_boiano@nps.gov. Soon thereafter you will need to E- mail your transcript and resume, including all experience related to herpetology, aquatic ecology, fisheries and related fields. For each position listed, include start and end dates, wages per hour, average number of hours worked per week, and supervisor with contact information. Also describe backpacking skills and experience, including the highest elevations hiked to and lengths of longest trips. Posted: 6/2/05.

Oregon State University: One field crew leader (1) and five field crew positions (5) are available to assist with a long-term ecological study in the forests of western Oregon. The field crew will participate in vegetation studies as part of the Density Management Study (DMS) The DMS was designed to investigate whether thinning at various densities can accelerate development of late-successional characteristics in managed young forests (40-70 yrs). Field sites are located in the western Oregon Coast Range and western Cascade Foothills. The field crew will establish and sample permanent plots to characterize response of vegetation composition and structure to harvest treatments. Responsibilities will include: locating and installing plots; identifying and estimating abundance of herbs, shrubs and non-vascular plants; measuring overstory trees; measuring coarse woody debris; and characterizing substrate. In addition, the field crew leader responsibilities will include planning, coordination, data quality control and downloading field data. The field crew positions are best suited to upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates who are interested in continuing work and/or studies in forest ecology or forestry. The nature of the work requires extended periods in the field (typically 4, 10 hr days). The crew will be based in Corvallis, OR. Lodging will not be provided in Corvallis, but summer accommodations are not difficult to find. Hotel lodging or camping gear/accommodations and per diem will be provided to the crew during the work week, when work is not near Corvallis. Qualifications: Previous field experience in sampling forest overstory and understory vegetation or other vegetation; familiarity with the flora of western Oregon and/or ability to utilize taxonomic keys. We seek individuals who are attentive to detail, can work long hours under strenuous field conditions (e.g., steep slopes, dense vegetation, inclement weather), are flexible and can work cooperatively with others. The field crew leader will have previous experience leading crews and/or will have extensive field work experience and strong leadership skills. Salary: Field crew leader: $13/hr, plus per diem for overnights. Field crew positions: $10-12/hr, depending on qualifications and past experience, plus per diem for overnights. Duration: June 20 - September 30, 2005. Closing Date: For full consideration: April 1, 2005, or until positions have been filled. To Apply: Send: Cover letter that includes your qualifications, work-related interests, and your dates of availability; Resume; List of two references with telephone and email contact information; Copies of unofficial college transcripts (if applicable). Send to: Shanti Berryman, Department of Forest Science, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. Electronic applications can be sent to Shanti.Berryman@oregonstate.edu. For more information: contact Shanti Berryman by email or at 541-737-9882. Posted: 2/8/05.

Organization for Tropical Studies: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides hands-on, field oriented research experiences to undergraduate students from the United States, who will have the opportunity to work with a tropical biologist during ten weeks at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. Applications for summer REU program are due on February 15, 2005. Additional information and applications for the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program are available within the OTS website. If you have any questions, contact Rodney J. Vargas, Undergraduate Program Officer (919-684-5774, rvargas@duke.edu). Posted: 1/21/05.

S.M. Stoller Corp.: positions available for students to work as technicians on multiple ecological research projects. Ecological projects include studies of fire ecology, vegetation dynamics, avian surveys, and contaminant transport. The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2005 field season. Qualifications: Preference will be given to college students (juniors and seniors preferred) with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in biology, range management, wildlife science, environmental science, ecology or related major. Higher consideration will be given to those with experience identifying sagebrush steppe vegetation. Candidates must be mature, responsible and able to work with a minimum of supervision. Technicians will be working with multiple research projects so flexibility is a must. Experience with fieldwork is desirable. The work term will be during summer 2005. Employment start and end dates are flexible (late May to mid-August). The primary work location will be at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, which is located 45 miles west of Idaho Falls. Excellent nearby outdoor recreation opportunities exist. A cover letter, resume, transcripts and three letters of reference should be sent to: Mr. Douglas K. Halford, S.M. Stoller Corporation, 1780 First Street, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401. dhalford@stoller.com , Voice: (208) 525-9358, Fax: (208) 525-3364, E-mail letters of reference will be accepted. Deadline for the receipt of applications is March 15, 2005 or until filled. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Roger D. Blew at rblew@stoller.com or visit the Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program web page. Posted: 2/25/05.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: SERC in Edgewater, MD has internships available for current undergraduate students. We also have openings for recently graduated students (within 6 months of their graduation date) and students just beginning their graduate studies. Internships are 10-16 weeks in length and paid $400 per week. Please visit www.serc.si.edu/pro_training for project descriptions, application materials, and deadlines. Posted: 11/17/04.

USDA Forest Service: We are looking for two student interns to assist with research projects associated with the Arctic Field Ecology class. Applicants should be involved in or beginning graduate studies and have interests and experience in one of these two areas: 1. Soil ecology, particularly microbial ecology. 2. Phytosociology of Arctic vegetation. Selected interns will assist with and participate in the field class, assist with ongoing research, and develop a project that will lead to publication. Field dates are July 18 to August 11 and the expedition will meet in Inuvik, Canada. Field work will be in take place in a variety of sites in the Canadian Arctic. If you are interested please send a short description of your experience and interests and a CV to wgould@fs.fed.us. Bill Gould, Research Ecologist, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Jardín Botánico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, Río Piedras PR 00926-1119. Telephone:787-766-5335 ext. 302, fax:787-766-6302. Posted: 5/23/05.

USDA Forest Service: Rocky Mountain Research Station, Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Research assistants for field and lab work with the riparian plant ecology, pinyon-juniper ecology, invasive species, and fire history studies of the Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Work includes sampling vegetation and soils in central Nevada watersheds near Austin, Nevada, laboratory processing of the collected materials, and data entry. You may be eligible for academic credit-talk to your advisor. Hours: Full time (40 hrs/wk) from mid/late May until classes resume at the end of August. Some part time before and after this period is possible. Pay: $10.52 - $13.21/hr depending on education and experience. Qualifications: Interest in working with plants required, knowledge of native Nevada plant species desirable. Familiarity with field plant and soil data collection techniques and lab processing techniques. Computer skills, especially MS Excel. Good physical condition, including ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in varying weather conditions. This will include hiking long distances in rough terrain with sampling gear and samples. Low-impact camping skills. Availability for extended field work, up to five days (usually Monday-Friday). Good driving record. Some experience with 4WD vehicles is desirable. Must be registered as at least a half-time student. Contact: David Board (dboard@fs.fed.us), Dr. Robin Tausch (tausch@unr.edu), Dr. Jeanne Chambers (chambers@unr.edu). Posted: 2/25/05.

USDA Forest Service: Botany and Natural Resources majors or minors - This is a preliminary announcement of a three-month Botany Field Technician position with the US Forest Service, Wayne National Forest, Ohio for the 2005 summer season, GS-4 level ($11.81/hr). Duties include: Assisting botanist in conducting surveys for non-native invasive plant species, threatened and endangered species, carrying out Floristic Quality Assessments, quantitative vegetation sampling of special management areas, initiating baseline monitoring in future project areas, entering data from surveys into database, using GPS and GIS to document locations of plants of interest. Qualifications: A course in vascular plant taxonomy and the ability to key plants to the species level is required. Courses in agrostology, orienteering (or experience in compass work, pacing and map reading) and dendrology would be beneficial. Past field-work and experience with database and GIS programs and GPS equipment would also be helpful. Must be willing to work alone in remote forest locations or with others in a team setting. Work will require travel between the three different units of the Wayne National Forest, and up to 2 weeks/month of overnight travel. Please send resume with references to Chad Kirschbaum (ckirschbaum@fs.fed.us, 740-534-6535). Be sure to include in your resume relevant course work and work/volunteer experiences. Posted: 2/24/05.

USDA Forest Service: A 'biotech' position is open with the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) at Modoc National Forest, Alturas, California, for the 2005 summer season, GS-5 level. STEP positions provide an opportunity for students to earn money, continue their education, train with professionals, combine academic study with on-the-job experience. Applicants must plan to return to college within an 8-month period. Duty station is at Alturas, population 2000, Great Basin habitat. Barracks may be available on a first come, first serve basis. You must send both a resume (an optional resume form, OF 612, is available at USAJOBS www.usajobs.opm.gov) and transcripts via mail or email to: Cheryl Beyer, Forest Botanist, Modoc National Forest, 800 West 12th Street, Alturas, CA 96101; email: cbeyer@fs.fed.us. Posted: 2/3/05.

USDA Forest Service: Students Needed for Two Field Botanist Positions. June - August, 2005, Morgantown, West Virginia Salary: Approximately $11-13/ hour (GS 4 or 5), depending on education and experience; this is a temporary government position without benefits. Skills Needed: Applicants should have a background or very strong interest in botany, plant taxonomy, and plant ecology. Applicants with previous field experience collecting herbaceous and woody data and who have knowledge of the mid-Atlantic flora will be given higher consideration. Responsibilities: The selected field botanists will be responsible for field data collection for four research projects this summer, including a study on seed dispersal of Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass), an evaluation of the effects of residual trees post-harvest on understory flora, a study on the effects deer and harvesting on understory flora, and a study on the effects of deer, harvesting, and fire on understory flora dominated by Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hayscented fern). Other duties may include pressing and mounting herbarium specimens, assisting with growth chamber experiments, and data entry. Training will be provided. Logistics: The selected field botanists must be stationed in Morgantown, WV or nearby. Housing is not provided, but we can help you find reasonable accommodations. There will be extensive travel requiring each person to be away from home 4 days a week (sometimes 5) nearly every week during the summer. Travel will involve driving (vehicles provided; current driver's license required) to northern Pennsylvania and at least three different locations in WV, requiring several overnight stays. Travel costs (hotel and per diem) are reimbursed after each weekly trip. Field conditions include working in the rain, in steep terrain, and with insects, ticks, and occasional rattlesnakes. Those selected should be physically fit (i.e., able to stoop and squat for long periods and walk long distances). Application Procedure: Please send your resume, transcripts (copies are fine), and a signed letter from your college/university (professor or registrar official) confirming that you are a student and will be a student in Fall 2005 to: Dr. Cynthia Huebner, NE Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 180 Canfield St., Morgantown, WV 26505. If you have further questions about the position, please contact Dr. Huebner at 304-285-1582 or chuebner@fs.fed.us. Posted: 1/27/05.

US Geological Survey: The Southeastern Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative is seeking one undergraduate student to help conduct seasonal field and laboratory work. Start Date: May 9, 2005, End Date: August 19, 2005 (flexible). Salary: $12.70 to $14.20 per hour (commensurate with level of education). Application Due Date: April 18, 2005. The applicant is expected to perform or assist with the following activities: field surveys using a variety of techniques to inventory and conduct research on amphibians and reptiles on public lands in the southeastern U.S.; collection of environmental data at study sites; maintenance of animals in a laboratory setting; assisting with laboratory experiments; preparing and shipping animals for laboratory analysis; data entry into established databases; maintenance of field and lab equipment; data compilation and creation of tables and figures for reports and publications. The applicant must have at least 2 years of academic experience leading to a degree in biology, zoology, wildlife ecology, natural resource conservation, or a related field, or have graduated with such a degree in the past 12 months. Some experience conducting field work on vertebrates, preferably with amphibians and reptiles in the southeastern U.S., is desirable. The applicant must have: an ability and/or willingness to learn to identify many amphibians and reptiles on sight or with the aid of field guides; an ability and/or willingness to learn how to identify frogs from their calls; knowledge of computer operation and familiarity with basic Microsoft word processing and data manipulation programs; an ability to accurately record detailed data in the field. The applicant must be a licensed driver, as operation of Government vehicles will be required. Much of the work will be outdoors, often under extremes in temperature and humidity, and during inclement weather. Complete job description and application information. Further questions? Please email Dr. Margaret Gunzburger, USGS (margaret_gunzburger@usgs.gov). Deadline: April 18, 2005. Posted: 4/1/05. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: three full-time temporary Biological Science Technicians/Interns to assist in maintaining the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), and North American Amphibian Monitoring (NAAMP) programs. Duties will include: preparation of biological data for computer entry, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data using optical character recognition software and other techniques, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, conducting literature searches, preparation of graphs, charts and other materials for web pages, and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence and technical reports on wildlife resources. Qualifications: current student at an accredited college or university with at least two years of completed course work; coursework in biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred; knowledge of biological theories, concepts and principles (knowledge of the distributions and natural history of North American birds or calling amphibians a plus); knowledge of computer software used to summarize data (i.e. Excel & Access); ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Duration: Position 1: 31 May-26 August 2005; continued full or part-time employment possible after end date. Salary: $13.18/hr. Duty Station: work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, MD. Applicants from local commuting area preferred, since no housing provided. See attached statement of work for more information, or contact Mark Wimer (301-497-5596). To apply, send cover letter and resume with three references by 4 April 2005 to: Mark Wimer, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708-4038; email: mark_wimer@usgs.gov. Posted: 3/22/05.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: Summer field research on ecosystem and global consequences of potential future changes in arctic vegetation. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with fieldwork in our tussock tundra site and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data entry. In addition, successful applicants will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station, will develop their own small, individual research projects on a topic related to the program and their own interests, and will present their work at an informal poster session. Our experiment is focused on how plant species affect community structure, diversity, and ecosystem cycling of carbon and nitrogen in Alaskan tussock tundra. For 7 years, we have removed key species and groups of plant species in a factorial design with nutrient addition, as past experiments have shown that fertilization leads to dramatic changes in community structure and ecosystem productivity. This year, we will measure individual plant growth performance and seedling establishment, to complement measurements of plant productivity and ecosystem CO2 flux made recently. Successful applicants will be based at Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in arctic Alaska. For more information, contact Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte (ffmsb@uaf.edu). There are 2 positions, each of which pays a stipend of $379 per week (before taxes). These positions are open only to US citizens who are undergraduates or who have graduated since Dec. 2004. The positions start in early June, and will end in late August. Travel from your university to and from the field site will be covered. Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics, and computer science would be an advantage. Experience in field or laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a remote field site is preferred. You should have skills with plant identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel, and data analysis. Applicants must be willing to work long hours in the field, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people desired! We want the work to be both fun and challenging. We encourage applications from women and minorities. A valid U.S. Driver’s license is required, and successful applicants must provide a copy of his/her social security card at the time of employment. To apply, send an email containing 1) a cover letter and 2) a c.v. or resume with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to Ms. Chandra Clack at fnclc2@uaf.edu, with copies to Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte at ffmsb@uaf.edu. In the subject line of your email to Chandra Clack, please state "for Bret-Harte Job05-68". To complete your application, you MUST also 3) print, fill out, and sign a completed UA Applicant form and mail it to Institute of Arctic Biology, PO Box 757000, Irving I Building, Room 309, West Ridge, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000. ATTN: Chandra Clack (Bret-Harte Job05-68), FAX: 907-474-7661; Ofc. No.: 907-474-2781. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in this program and how it fits into your long-term education and career goals. Also, describe anything that you think would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for these research positions. Applications must be received by March 14, 2005. Posted: 3/7/05.

University of Arizona: Dr. Travis Huxman, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is seeking a summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) intern to study C cycling in semi-arid ecosystems. We have an ongoing project to study the sensitivity of ecosystem processes to precipitation in the Southwestern U.S. The goal of this research program is to evaluate how an increase in woody plant abundance influences ecosystem CO2 exchange at several sites in southeastern Arizona along the San Pedro River. We seek an REU intern to assess soil C cycling at our woody plant-encroachment gradient sites. The intern will be responsible for assessing how woody plants alter plant C inputs to the soil, soil C cycling, and microbial biomass throughout a season. The REU will measure soil C inputs (litterfall, root biomass), soil microbial biomass, conduct laboratory incubations to assay soil C dynamics, as well as have the opportunity to take part in ongoing measures of decomposition and respiration at the sites. The REU intern MUST be able to make extensive lab-group field excursions (up to 3 consecutive days) several times during the summer (both leading up to, and during the monsoon season). The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic, self motivated, able to work with limited supervision, and also able to work as a team member. This is an ideal position for someone seeking to gain experience in field and laboratory approaches to ecology in preparation for entering a graduate program in ecology and environmental biology. To apply for the position, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman (mzucker@email.arizona.edu). You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution to apply for the job. Deadline for application: May 7, 2005. Posted: 4/29/05.

University of California Berkeley: We have 1 or 2 openings for a lab assistant this summer, with a possible extension into the fall. Undergraduates are preferred, but graduating seniors will also be considered. Systems studied in our agricultural entomology lab include olive fruit fly and their parasitoids, the Argentine ant and its natural enemies in Napa vineyards, and xylem feeding insects in almond orchards. The job this summer would include daily tasks for a variety of projects, including feeding insect colonies every day, planting and maintaining plants in the greenhouse, day trips to Napa and Sonoma to collect insects, and proecessing samples back in the lab. The one requirement is a valid driver's license, and a willingness to drive at least an hour at a time. Please send resumes ASAP to daanelab@berkeley.edu, and let me know if you have any questions. Posted: 5/10/05.

University of California Berkeley: The Berkeley Fire Science Lab is hiring several summer field assistants to work primarily on the projects described in the link below. Closing Date: March 11th, 2005 or until filled (we will continue accepting applications after the closing date as more positions may become available). Pay $10-$13/hour DOE. Housing may be provided at research site(s)- TBA with project manager. Employment period is from 12 to 16 consecutive weeks, between April, 2005, and September, 2005 (may vary). For more information, see the full job ad. Posted: 2/25/05.

University of Houston: Two research positions are available for the summer of 2005 (June 1 to August 15) to assist in research on foraging behavior and reproductive allocation of harvester ants. The work is part of an ongoing long-term study of harvester ant biology. The study area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Grand Junction, Colorado on the Colorado plateau. Students will monitor daily activity patterns, measure food intake and help with estimating reproductive output. In addition to salary, student housing costs will be covered. Applicants should be willing to work irregular hours in desert conditions and have their own car. We seek highly motivated individuals who can work independently and as part of a research group. Interested individuals should send a CV or resume, including a description of relevant course work, and have three letters of references sent to: Dr. Diane C. Wiernasz, Department of Biology, University of Houston, Houston TX 77204-5001. Electronic applications and letters of reference are encouraged: dwiernasz@uh.edu. A description of the study site and study projects can be found here. Posted: 2/25/05.

University of Minnesota: Summer Arctic Internship, 18 July - 11 August 2005. The Arctic Field Ecology Program is looking for two student interns to assist with research projects associated with the Arctic Field Ecology class. Applicants should be involved in or beginning graduate studies and have interests and experience in one of these two areas: - soil ecology, particularly microbial ecology - phytosociology of arctic vegetation. Selected interns will assist with and participate in the field class, assist with ongoing research, and develop a project that will lead to publication. Field dates are 18 July to 11 August and the expedition will meet in Inuvik, Canada. Field work will be in take place in a variety of sites in the Canadian Arctic. If you are interested, please send a short description of your experience and interests and a CV to: William Gould (wgould@fs.fed.us). Posted: 6/6/05.

University of Minnesota: We are seeking applicants for approximately 40 ecological research internship positions at Cedar Creek Natural History Area (about 35 miles north of St. Paul, MN). Most positions will run from May/June through August of 2005, but some will begin in April and some will continue until October. Pay is $9.30 per hour ($4500.00 in three months). If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background in biology and want to start a career in ecology or environmental studies, or if you have a strong background and interest in flora of the Great Plains, we encourage you to apply. As a research intern, you would contribute to our ongoing experiments---learning to identify plant species, estimate species abundances, collect soil samples, maintain experimental areas, and so forth. Typical work days are eight hours, with occasional weekends possible. On-site dormitory housing is available for approximately $175 per month. This is hard work and mostly outdoors, though a few jobs have indoor laboratory or computer components. You have the opportunity to initiate your own research, attend our seminar series, and interact with graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members. In addition, your department may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major. To apply, please: (1) send a letter describing a) how this position would help you achieve your career goals, b) your work experience, c) dates you are available, d) minority status (optional), e) email address, (2) include a resume (maximum of two pages), (3) send a copy of your transcript (unofficial), (4) have two letters of recommendation sent. Applications are being accepted now, with the deadlines for completed applications being March 1, 2005. You will receive an email regarding your status when your application is complete. Send all materials to: Dr. Clarence L. Lehman, University of Minnesota, 512 Ecology Building, 1987 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108. Please visit our web page at www.cedarcreek.umn.edu for more information. If you have any questions, please email us at interns@lter.umn.edu. Posted: 1/5/05.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Control Theory Techniques Applied to Biological Population Problems. Project Mentors: Professors Richard Rebarber (Department of Mathematics) and Andrew Tyre (School of Natural Resources). Prerequisites: Introductory course in matrix theory. Some introductory mathematical analysis and complex analysis would also be helpful, but are not strictly required. Familiarity with Matlab, Maple or Mathematica would also be helpful, but are not required. In this project we will apply techniques from the subject of mathematical control theory to problems in population dynamics. We will study: how to derive population projection matricies; how to model perturbations to the matrix; how to describe population problems mathematically; traditional methods which have been used for such problems; relevant robust control techniques; and the application of these techniques to biological problems. Deadline: March 11, 2005 (applications accepted until all positions are filled; early acceptance possible). Dates: June 6-July 29, 2005. Qualifications: US citizen or permanent resident Enrolled in an undergraduate program during the period of the REU with at least sophomore standing Strong mathematics recommendations. Stipend: $2,600 plus up to $400 for travel. Room and board provided on campus in the Honors Program Resident Hall. Application forms and more details Posted: 1/28/05.

University of Nebraska at Omaha: We have five field assistant positions for the summer 2005 field season. Start and end dates are flexible; positions can start between mid- May and mid-June and run until late July or mid-August. The emphasis of the research is on studying grassland birds and butterflies in agricultural landscapes in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Fieldwork will focus particularly on censusing birds and butterflies and monitoring reproductive success of Dickcissels. Fieldwork may provide training and experience with bird censusing; nest searching; mist netting; sampling vegetation, insects, herps, and mammals; and other activities too numerous to mention! The project includes two faculty members, three graduate students and seven field assistants. Stipends vary between $250-$350 per week, depending on experience. Housing is available. In addition, internship credit may be available through University of Nebraska at Omaha or your home institution. Requirements for these positions are: 1) Interest in field research in ecology and the application of research to addressing current issues in conservation and environmental policy, 2) Valid driver's license and good driving record, 3) Willingness to work long hours under very hot and humid conditions, 4) Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with landowners, 5) Ability to keep careful records and an attention to detail. No experience is necessary. In a cover letter describe any relevant course work or experience, especially: 1) Prior research experience (or non-research related field work), 2) Ability to identify birds (by sight and vocalizations), 3) Ability to identify plants or insects, 4) Experience working with farmers or landowners, 5) Experience searching for bird nests, 6) Experience working with mist netting, 7) Course work in agriculture, ornithology, ecology, botany, entomology, or natural resources, 8) Ability to provide your own vehicle. If interested, e-mail a cover letter and resume and we will provide instructions for how to submit an online application. Positions are open until suitable candidates are found. Review of applications will begin immediately. E-mail inquiries to: LaReesa Wolfenbarger, lwolfenbarger@mail.unomaha.edu or Page Klug, pklug@mail.unomaha.edu. Posted: 12/2/04.

University of Nevada, Reno: Undergraduate Research Experience Grant Program, Integrating Weed Control and Restoration for Great Basin Rangelands. A collaborative research project is addressing the ecologic and economic impacts of invasive weeds on Great Basin rangelands, and the methods for restoring these degraded rangelands with diverse, native plant communities. The project details a series of common experiments in Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Idaho. These experiments will be used to: 1) test techniques for controlling cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and other weeds, establishing native plants, and restoring ecosystem structure and function; 2) provide an ecological understanding of why restoration techniques succeed or fail; 3) develop conceptual and economic bases for choosing appropriate management techniques; and 4) convey knowledge to land managers and increase public awareness of invasive species and native plant restoration problems. For more information, see the full job ad. Application deadline March 20, 2005. Posted: 2/25/05.

University of New Mexico: we have an ongoing program to study the role of climate dynamics and ecosystem productivity on the dynamics of hantavirus, a naturally-occurring zoonotic disease in wild rodents. To better understand these dynamics, small mammal populations are being monitored at several sites in New Mexico, including but not limited to 1) the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, 2) Cibola National Forest near Albuquerque, Gallup, and Magdelena, and 3) the Valles Caldera National Trust. The summer intern will be responsible for obtaining blood samples and other data from live rodents captured during these studies, collecting and preparing voucher specimens to be deposited in the Museum of Southwestern Biology, collecting samples of insects and plants from study sites, radio tracking of small mammals, and data entry. The summer intern MUST be able to make extensive field excursions (up to 5 consecutive days) several times per month (up to 4 weeks per month). The associate must be enthusiastic, highly motivated, able to work with limited supervision, and able to work as a team member. This is an ideal position for someone seeking to gain experience in field biology in preparation for entering a field based Master's degree program. The weekly stipend (approximately 40 hours per week) is $360. Transportation to and from field sites, as well as accommodations at the field sites, are provided. To apply for the position, send a cover letter indicating why you want the position, a current resume, and college transcripts to Chris Hice (clhice@unm.edu). You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution to apply for the job. Posted: 4/11/05.

University of Notre Dame: Possibly two positions will be available for REUs in the labs of Drs. David Lodge and Gary Lamberti in aquatic and stream ecology. The REU projects will investigate the impact or control of the invasive Rusty crayfish in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan [More information]. To apply send (email preferred) cover letter, resume, and copy of transcripts, along with three references to: Joanna McNulty, P.O. Box 369, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. mailto:mcnulty.9@nd.edu. Deadline: April 10, 2005. Posted: 3/9/05.

University of Pittsburgh: We are looking for a field crew leader for approximately 4 months (dates are flexible: early/mid May to mid/late August) to help conduct a vegetation survey of some of the last remaining old growth stands in Pennsylvania. We are conducting this study in collaboration with the PA Bureau of Forestry to describe the species composition and vegetation structure of 20 old growth stands to better understand and aid in conservation of these important, yet rare forest remnants. Duties will primarily include setting up transect lines and identifying and measuring overstory and understory tree species along transects. Field crew leader will lead a small field crew of 2-3 field workers. Preferred applicants will be upper-level undergraduates or others with experience identifying eastern temperate forest tree/shrub/herb species and skills navigating with compass and topographical maps. In addition, preferred applicants will have a valid drivers license, leadership skills, motivation and ability to work in small groups, be in good physical condition, willing to endure long hours whether rain or shine, and willing to camp in a rural part of PA for the summer. Salary is $8 per hour, field vehicle is provided, and lodging will be at near-by campgrounds where the field crew will camp in tents. Contact: Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Henry Schumacher, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Email: hbs2@pitt.edu. Position will remain open until the appropriate candidate is found. Posted: 2/15/05.

University of Puerto Rico: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the Summer 2005 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 30 to August 5th, 2005. Application deadline: 28 February 2005. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Plant Systematics and Population Biology. - Plant Community Dynamics and Forest Ecology. - Plant eco-physiology. - Terrestrial Arthropod Ecology. - Plant Reproductive Ecology and Evolution. - Aquatic Insect Ecology. - Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. - Land-use History and Species Diversity. - Soil Ecology. Students will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the ten weeks duration of the program. Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $800. The program will cover housing at the UPR and El Verde Field Station. NSF and the UPR, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program. The program is limited to undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2003 and to US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information can be found at http://ites.upr.edu/REU/ or contact Alonso Ramirez (reu@ites.upr.edu) Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico P.O. Box 21910 San Juan, PR 00931 Ph: (787) 764-0000, ext 7781 Fax: (787) 772-1482. Posted: 1/13/05.

University of Toledo: The Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences (LEES) Laboratory has a full time job, starting in May of 2005 and ending between August and October, collecting field data this summer (Field Assistant). These positions may involve a lot of strenuous hiking and long hours outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. Duties may include: weather station maintenance, soil respiration and, collecting soil or root samples, data entry, and processing samples. Positions will be based in the Southeastern Missouri Ozarks. Training will be provided. Education and Experience: Working toward a BS or BA in ecology, natural resources, forestry, or related field. Interest in soil ecology and/or climate change studies desired. Ability to work efficiently with little supervision. Good communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Excel. Position Dates: Starting early May or June and ending in Late August or Early October. Benefits: Salary between $6.50- 8.00 per hour, depending on experience. Application Procedure: Send cover letter and resume to: Qinglin Li Department of EEES, Mailstop 604, The University of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft Ave, Toledo, OH 43606-3390. Ph: 419-530-2246, Fax: 419-530-4421, Qli2@pop3.utoledo.edu. Posted: 3/14/05.

Weber State University: The Research Experience for Undergraduates in the Biology of the Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem is a program funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by faculty within the College of Science at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. This NSF-REU Site Program provides support for ten students to conduct full-time (ten weeks) research collaboratively with a faculty mentor from May 23 to July 30, 2005. Application review begins March 1; more information and an application at: http://departments.weber.edu/zoology/REU.htm. Posted: 1/21/05.

Wichita State University: We are looking for 2 highly motivated upper class undergraduate students who are interested in field experience in ecological research. The students will assist faculty with field experiments and observations as part of two new projects to evaluate interactions among root-, stem-, leaf- and flower head-feeding insects and their consequences for the host plant individuals and populations. One project with Dr. Russell will examine interaction effects of guilds of native insects on a native thistle of tallgrass prairie, Tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum). The other project with Dr. Louda will focus on both native and introduced insect natural enemies of one of the worst invasive weeds in the U.S., Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). The two teams will collaborate and interact and participate on field trips into the Sand Hills of Nebraska and the Flint Hills of Kansas. Our goal is to better understand the ecological interactions and their potential in the management of weedy species. In these two new research projects, we will explore fundamental questions about how insects that feed simultaneously affect one another through changes they induce in host plants and how the damage by these guilds combines to produce a net effect on plant performance and population dynamics. Answers to these questions are important for basic understanding of insect-plant interactions and they are critical to science-based strategies to control invasive weeds. Field assistants will have a chance to gain experience with a wide variety of ecological field techniques, including insect exclusion experiments, soil nutrient manipulation experiments, quantification of herbivore damage, quantification of plant growth and reproduction and measuring demographic rates of plant populations. Field assistants also will have opportunities to learn basic principles of experimental and sampling design in field ecology as well as identification of key insects of tallgrass grasslands. Most fieldwork will be conducted in eastern Nebraska tallgrass prairie, but projects will involve trips to mid-grass prairie in the Nebraska Sand Hills and south-central Kansas tallgrass prairie. The positions are for at least 3 months: 20 May – 20 August. Although the ideal start date for both projects in 20 May 2005, it could be flexible for an appropriate candidate who can remain later in the summer. Salary stipend is $1,300/mo., plus a $300 housing allowance. For more information contact Dr. F. Leland Russell, Department of Biological Sciences, Wichita State University or Dr. Svata M. Louda, Charles Bessey Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (leland.russell@wichita.edu, 316-978-6091; Slouda@unl.edu, 402-472-2763). Application: Please submit a resume, description of interests and experience in biology, and have 3 letters of recommendation sent via e-mail to both Dr. F. Leland Russell (leland.russell@wichita.edu) and to Dr. Svata M. Louda (Slouda@unl.edu) and in hard copy to Dr. Russell at Biology Dept., Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS, 67260-0124. Our review of applications will begin February 21. The positions will remain open until appropriate candidates are found. Posted: 2/9/05.

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Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship: The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation awards 80 merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to: * College sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to preserving, protecting or restoring environmental resources; * Native American and Alaska Native college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care. The Foundation will also award up to 50 Honorable Mentions of $350 in 2005. Deadline: March 3, 2005. More information and application materials. Email millage@udall.gov with questions. Posted: 11/23/04.

Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS): Promotes ecology opportunities for underrepresented students. The program’s mission is to stimulate and nurture underrepresented students’ interest in ecology in order to diversify and strengthen the profession of ecology. Student Field Trips are one such opportunity supported by the program. SEEDS Student Field Trips focus on ecologically significant areas in order to foster student identification with ecology through hands-on experiences with professional ecologists, exposure to the practical application of ecology, and by building student awareness of career options in the field of ecology. For more information about SEEDS and the other activities supported by the program, visit http://esa.org/seeds/.

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