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Undergraduate Opportunities Archive
Last update: 5/20/2008
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Summer Jobs and Internships | Undergraduate Programs | Short Courses
|USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center||Student Intern, effects of climate and land-use on ecosystem processes||5/20/08|
|University of Georgia||REU, Ecology of Vector-borne Diseases||5/15/08||5/2/08|
|University of Colorado||REU, effects of climate on the American pika||5/2/08|
|Michigan State University||Summer Tech, Zebra Mussels||5/2/08|
|Arizona State University||Summer Tech, N deposition and cycling in lakes||5/1/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer Techs, Bird/Amphibian/Bat/Stream, Arizona||5/1/08|
|Brown University||REU, hurricane impacts in the Gulf Coast of Mexico||5/1/08|
|Penn State University||Summer research, urban biogeochemistry||4/18/08||4/3/08|
|University of Montana||Summer field crew, forest ecology||4/15/08||4/1/08|
|University of Arizona||REU, shrubs/grassland ecology||4/11/08||3/5/08|
|Adelphi University||Summer research asst, spider ecology, Long Island||4/7/08|
|USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center||Summer Techs, wildlife monitoring program databases||4/7/08||3/18/08|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||REU, insect attraction to flower fragrance||4/4/08|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||REU, Plum Island LTER||4/2/08|
|Michigan State University||REU, Alaskan Peatland Experiment||4/2/08|
|University of Pittsburgh||REU, Effects of pesticides on amphibians and aquatic communities||4/1/08||3/24/08|
|Texas A&M University||REU, Entomology, Evolutionary Ecology||4/1/08||3/5/08|
|University College Dublin (Ireland)||Summer Research: Collections-Based Biology||3/30/08||1/22/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer techs, rare tree restoration ecology, California||3/21/08||2/26/08|
|Florida State University||REU, Plant-Herbivore Interactions||3/17/08|
|Michigan State University||REU, Kellogg Biological Station||3/15/08||2/19/08|
|Indiana State/Southern Illinois University||REU, lizard behavioral thermoregulation, New Mexico||3/15/08||2/18/08|
|Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University||REU, ecological and evolutionary research||3/14/08||12/17/07|
|Bradley University||REU, Integrated Ecology||3/10/08||3/3/08|
|Alabama A&M University||REU, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences||3/7/08||2/7/08|
|Harvard Forest||Summer Interns, Sampling forest vegetation||3/7/08||2/1/08|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||REU, prairie ecology||3/7/08||1/25/08|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||REU, Arctic ecosystems||3/3/08|
|Kansas State University||REU, Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics of Tallgrass Prairie||3/1/08||2/18/08|
|University of Minnesota||REU, Earth-surface Dynamics||3/1/08||2/15/08|
|University of Notre Dame||REU, climate change and biogeography||3/1/08||2/14/08|
|Clarkson University||REU, sustainable solutions to emerging environmental problems||3/1/08||2/6/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer techs, forest ecology, California||3/1/08||2/6/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer Interns, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory||3/1/08||2/4/08|
|University of Virginia||REU, Mountain Lake Biological Station||3/1/08||1/24/08|
|University of Colorado||REU, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior||2/29/08||2/13/08|
|University of Puerto Rico||REU, Tropical Ecology and Evolution||2/28/08||1/17/08|
|Fordham University||REU, Calder Center Biological Field Station||2/15/08||2/6/08|
|S.M. Stoller Corp||Summer ecology technicians, Idaho||2/15/08||1/23/08|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||REU, ecology||2/15/08||1/7/08|
|Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory||REU, field biology research||2/15/08||1/7/08|
|Aerospace Testing Alliance||Summer Conservation Interns||2/13/08|
|University of Michigan||Summer undergraduate research, amphibian field ecology||2/11/08||1/17/08|
|National Park Service||Summer technician, vegetation monitoring||2/5/08|
|Auburn University||Summer technicians, Aquatic Ecology||1/30/08|
|Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest||REU, Change in Ecosystems||1/22/08|
|Fairfax County Park Authority||Summer interns, Invasive Conservation Corps||1/8/08|
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Adelphi University: Two research assistant positions, 15 June – 31 Aug 2008 (11 weeks in total). Projects: Mapping populations of two orb-web spider species on Long Island; estimating population densities; (possibly) a mark-recapture study investigating the development time – body size trade-off in female orb-weavers. Salary: $10.50/h. Workload: Full-time (35h per week); some long days (~10h) may be required as well as some weekend work. However, there is some flexibility with regards to the work schedule and special circumstances can be discussed. I am looking for two reliable students who are able to work as a team independently in the field. Enthusiasm for and some experience with ecological field work involving arthropods is a must (e.g. ecology or entomology courses). Depending on the project, spiders may need to be handled (marked and photographed), but they are totally harmless. You should have a car and a valid driver’s license. Any miles driven for field work purposes will be reimbursed at $0.485 per mile. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Matthias Foellmer (Foellmer@adelphi.edu) and send your unofficial transcripts and CV. Posted: 4/7/08.
Aerospace Testing Alliance: Summer Interns to work at Arnold Air Force Base near Tullahoma, Tennessee. ATA's Conservation Internship offers graduate and undergraduate internships for students educated in Biology, Botany, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Environmental Studies, or related fields. This program is designed to be a mutually beneficial experience that provides a practical learning environment for students considering Conservation Biology related fields as a career. Interns will be directly involved in surveys and monitoring of rare species, and vegetation and animal communities; mapping and site-boundary marking; invasive plant removal, photo monitoring in ecological restoration sites; bat surveys and banding; and bird monitoring banding. Housing is not provided, but hourly compensation is competitive. You are eligible for the intership if: * You are pursuing an academic program in Biology, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Botany, Ecology or related field in an accredited college or university. * You have a strong academic record. Qualifications: * Personal commitment to conservation of biological diversity * Ability to conduct field work in adverse conditions (e.g. heat, precipitation, ticks, etc.) * Available to work 40 hours a week, Monday thru Friday. Typical hours are from 7:00AM to 3:30PM, but irregular hours are required on a frequent basis. Duration: Through September 2008 (or beginning of Fall semester). Interested and qualified individuals should apply at www.aerospacetestingalliance.com (include on resume a list of classes completed which are applicable to this internship). George "Richie" Wyckoff, Wildlife Ecologist, ATA Conservation, 1103 Avenue B, Arnold Air Force Base, TN 37389-1800. Phone: (931)454-4856 Fax: (931)454-5126, email: email@example.com. Posted: 2/13/08.
Alabama A&M University: AAMU is offering a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that will focus on natural resource and environmental issues. The program will last from May 28 to July 26, 2008. Each student will participate in projects with various researchers from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and other entities with focuses on areas including forestry and plant sciences, insects and wildlife ecology, molecular biology and genetics, soil mineralogy and biogeochemistry, hydrology and environmental monitoring, landscape ecology, and human interactions. Responsibilities may include field sampling/site visits, data analysis, and scientific writing. Students will attend seminars and workshops on research, and career planning. At the end of the program, participants will prepare a final report, a poster, and present their research at a research symposium. Students will receive a $4000 stipend, dining card, and be housed in dormitories on the AAMU campus. Minorities and underrepresented groups within the science fields are encouraged to apply. For more detailed information on the summer 2008 research projects, available mentors, application form, and application process, please visit http://saes.aamu.edu/reu.htm or contact Dr. Elica Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 256-372-8219, or Dr. Yong Wang at email@example.com, Ph: 256-3724229. Deadline: March 7. Posted: 2/7/08.
Arizona State University: We have a position available for an undergraduate student interested in ecology or environmental life sciences. Background: Atmospheric deposition of nitrogen (N), resulting from human activities such agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, has the potential to alter ecological processes in lakes. Levels of N deposition levels have risen in ecosystems downwind of urban areas, such as the central Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We will investigate microbially-mediated denitrification in sediments of lakes subject to N deposition, as denitrification may ameliorate the effects of N deposition by permanently removing excess N inputs. Qualifications: +Previous field research experience is preferred, but we will will train +Ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, GPS, computers, other field equipment +Ability to work both independently and in a small group +Valid US driver's license +Attention to detail, flexibility, and willingness to work long hours Timing: ~ 8 weeks from mid June through August 2008. $3,500 stipend for the entire period. Housing and food will be provided at field stations near the study sites. The field assistant will have two main tasks: (1) performing fieldwork to support the overall project, which may include hiking to alpine lakes, collecting sediment cores from an inflatable boat, collecting lake water samples, and performing general laboratory work, including setting up sediment core incubations, and conducting chemical analyses; (2) conducting an independent research project. The student will have hands-on experience conducting ecological fieldwork in Colorado, will gain familiarity with the principles of scientific research and experimental design, and conduct an independent project. To apply, please send a letter describing qualifications and experience and your interest; resume/CV; and names and contact information of two references electronically (Word or .pdf file attachments) to Michelle McCrackin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/1/08.
Auburn University: 3 or 4 undergraduate technician positions in Aquatic Ecology, May to August 2008 (somewhat flexible). Experiments will be conducted to determine the utility of using ecological interactions to reduce toxic cyanobacterial blooms in productive aquaculture ponds. Visit www.wilsonlab.com to learn more about the lab and our research interests. Where: Shell Fisheries Center, Auburn, Alabama. Responsibilities: Assist in the construction, deployment, maintenance, sampling, and sample analysis of several large-scale mesocosm and small-scale microcosm laboratory experiments. Qualifications: Must be creative, hard-working, a team player, and work well independently with a strong background in related coursework, such as limnology, ecology, and biology. Experience in the field or lab is not necessary, but preferred. Pay: $1200/month based on 40 hrs/week. Housing will not be provided, but numerous inexpensive housing options exist in the Auburn during the summer semester. Contact: Email questions, resume, unofficial transcripts, cover letter, and contact information to Alan Wilson at email@example.com. Posted: 1/30/08.
Bradley University: The Biology Department is recruiting six undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week intensive summer research experience in integrated ecology. From June 5 - August 13, 2008, participants will work in collaborative research teams and will gain experience in molecular, physiological, organismal, community and ecosystem approaches to address real environmental problems along the Illinois River Corridor. The program is funded through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Program particulars are as follows: REU participants will · work as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team · prepare a final research report in journal format · present research results in a final program symposium · participate in programmatic activities, including seminars, workshops and social events. The selection of REU participants will be based on · record of academic accomplishment · letters of recommendation · statements of research interests and career goals REU participants will be provided · $3600 stipend · $1000 meal allowance · free on-campus housing. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities and from students from 2-year institutions. All participants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, and must be planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in the fall of 2007. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 10, 2008. Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 21. Application info. Questions may be directed to Kelly McConnaughay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/3/08.
Brown University: Project: A historical reconstruction of hurricane impacts in the Gulf Coast of Mexico (1950-2005) We are looking to hire a National Science Foundation funded undergraduate through the Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program for 10 weeks over the summer 2008. The student will develop a research project related to a larger project to study the patterns of hurricane impacts onthe in the Gulf Coast of Mexico. This effort is part of an interdisciplinary land-use change research program that examines the linkages between hurricane frequency and impacts on the social and natural environment.The REU student will participate in the main facets of the project which include assisting in assembling and analyzing multiple datasets needed to parameterize our hurricane damage models. These datasets include historical hurricane related wind damage reports from contemporary newspapers in the Golf Coast, and surface weather wind database. Additional responsibilities include assisting the research team to analyze and convert the datasets into meaningful damage indices, and integrate the information within a GIS. We seek an undergraduate student with skills in data management, library and archive research, who is thorough and detail oriented, and with basic familiarity in GIS preferred (additional GIS training will be provided as needed). The REU position is available starting June 1, 2008. Please contact Prof. Steven Hamburg (Steven_Hamburg@Brown.edu) for further information. Posted: 5/1/08.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Summer independent research in ecology. In the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program you will: * Complete a research project of your own design. * Publish your work in our on-line Cary Institute Undergraduate Ecology Research Reports publication. * Be a part of an exciting research environment. * Work closely with leading ecologists. * Exchange ideas with a diverse group of students and scientists. * Have access to state of the art facilities. * Put your ideas to work. * Explore ecology career options. * See how ecology research has an impact on our society. Projects for 2008 include: * Bioremediation of Onondaga Lake through microbial processes. * Decline and fall of the Gypsy Moth. * For prey or parasites, what makes hot spots hot? * Ecological functions of Hudson River marshes, shallows and tributaries. * Nutrient budgets in urban ecosystems. * Hosts, ticks, and Lyme disease. * Response of forests to air pollution and introduced pests. * Community ecology of a "hub" species, the white footed mouse. * The ecology of information. * Terrestrial carbon cycling across rural to urban transects. Cary Institute REU Program details for 2008: * Participant stipend $4,800, plus $600 food allowance. * Complimentary housing in a small dormitory adjacent to the research building. * Start Date: May 27, 2008. End Date: August 15, 2008. For more information contact: Patricia S. Zolnik, REU Program Coordinator Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 181 Sharon Turnpike, Box R, Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-7600, x 326, email@example.com Apply on-line by February 15, 2008 at: www.ecostudies.org/reu.html. Posted: 1/23/08.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer field research experience for undergrads (REU) and recent graduates. Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? We are looking for 3-5 field researchers for an NSF-funded project on habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie. We are investigating how small plant population size influences inbreeding, demography, pollination, and herbivory in the purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia. This is a great summer internship or co-op for those interested in field biology or conservation. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is provided and there is a stipend. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do an independent project as an REU participant. If you want more information or wish to apply, please visit http://echinacea.umn.edu/ or contact Stuart Wagenius (firstname.lastname@example.org, 847 835 6978). Applications due 7 March 2008. Posted: 1/25/08.
Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University: program for eight undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological and evolutionary research for 10 weeks during the summer of 2008 (26th May - 1st August). Each student will participate in an on going study with a researcher from the Chicago Botanic Garden or nearby institution. Responsibilities generally include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend seminars and workshops on research, career planning, ecological ethics, 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. The Chicago Botanic Garden research focuses on: plant conservation (ex-situ, in-situ), molecular and conservation genetics, demographics, evolution, restoration, and the effects of natural and human disturbances on ecosystems including global warming, forest harvesting, and invasive organisms. Researchers come from many disciplines and specific projects center on population and community ecology, genetics, evolution, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, horticulture, and atmosphere- biosphere exchanges. Visit the REU website for summer 2008 project listings, researchers, application form, and application process. Compensation: Students are paid a stipend for the 10-week session. Housing, subsistence, and travel costs are also provided as part of the program. Applications are due March 14, 2008. Posted: 12/17/07.
Clarkson University: Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates in environmental sciences and engineering. Theme: Sustainable solutions to emerging environmental problems. Who: Environmental engineering or science students expecting to graduate between December 2008 and May 2010. When: Ten weeks, May 26 - August 1, 2008. Where: Potsdam, New York. What: Conduct environmental research with faculty and graduate student mentors. Research projects are available in the following areas: · fate, transport, and remediation of emerging pollutants; · green chemistry; · alternative energy and greenhouse gas reduction; · biodiversity and ecological sustainability; · environmental stresses on biological systems; · lifecycle assessment ; · political and social responses to emerging environmental problems. Benefits: free room and $75/week for food, a stipend of $4,500, some travel expenses, a stimulating research environment and great summer outdoors activities. Apply by March 1, 2008. For complete information on this summer's research program, detailed description of application requirements, and a summary of past research experiences please visit: http://www.clarkson.edu/reu/. Posted: 2/6/08.
Fairfax County Park Authority: Invasive Conservation Corps (ICC). We are seeking five (5) highly motivated college students to be part of the stewardship team (more positions may be available) . A "can-do" attitude will help rescue our 24,000+ acres of parkland from a host of different invasive, non-native plants such as English ivy and kudzu. The paid internship will last 10 weeks, from May 27th through August 2nd. Fairfax County, Virginia, located near Washington, D.C. is located in the mid-Atlantic and contains both Piedmont and Coastal Plain habitats. Parkland ranges in size from several thousand acres to less than 1/2 an acre, which allows an exploration of both the concepts of urban fragmentation and large-scale protected habitats in natural resource management. Competitive wage and housing will be provided. Additional information/qualifying materials are available: contact Meghan Fellows (Meghan.Fellows@fairfaxcounty.gov). For more information see the Park Authority's Internships and the Natural Resource Management and Protection Section websites. Posted: 1/8/07.
Florida State University: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant-Herbivore Interactions Summer 2008. We are seeking two undergraduate students to participate in our ongoing research on the effects of herbivores on plant population dynamics. Students will work in the lab and field on independent research related to our larger project. Research will occur May-September 2008 and is based at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. Dates are somewhat flexible, but REUs must commit to at least 10 weeks of full time work. The REU will receive a generous stipend plus funds for travel and housing. This work is a collaboration between Stacey Halpern (Pacific University), Nora Underwood (FSU), and Brian Inouye (FSU). The ideal candidates will have: (a) completed relevant course work, such as ecology, animal behavior, entomology, plant biology, or field biology; (b) serious potential interest in a career that includes biological research; (c) reliability, attention to detail, people-skills, and self-motivation. Research experience is not required, but please include if relevant (including independent projects for courses). REU students must be US citizens or residents, and cannot have graduated college. We encourage and will give priority to applications from students from groups underrepresented in science (students of color, first-generation college students, etc.). More information about the project and how to apply. Applications are currently being accepted. Posted: 3/17/08.
Fordham University: The Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station of Fordham University has a select number of paid research opportunities for undergraduate students for our Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR) program. The CSUR program will run from May 28 through August 19, 2008. This is an NSF-REU Site. Students will work at a wooded field station with state-of-the-art research laboratories, less than an hour from New York City. This year we will offer approximately ten awards to qualified undergraduates interested in conducting independent research. Stipends of $4,800 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. Applicants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions. A sample of some of the potential student projects for 2008 includes: - Biological control of arthropods that transmit disease; - Bloom-forming cyanobacteria in lakes of Central Park, New York; - Costs of herbivory defense in the invasive plant Alliaria petiolata; - Evolutionary genetics and genomics of bacteria; - Evolutionary responses of an annual plant to climate change; - Fungal interactions; - Hemlock defoliation effects on soil processes and forest regeneration; - How does UV exposure affect microbial pathogens in a reservoir? - Impact of an invasive species on local mosquito species. - Plants in urban systems; - Surveying aquatic insect emergence patterns in Calder Lake; - Vocal identification of individual sub-oscine birds; - Variability in avian immune function. 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. - An application (which includes full details of potential research projects) can be requested by email from REUatCalder@fordham.edu. - For further details on the program and a list of research areas available this summer for students, see: http://www.fordham.edu/REUatCalder. - You may also request information by phone from the CSUR office at: 914-273-3078, ext. 10. Applications are due by February 15, 2008. Posted: 2/6/08.
Harvard Forest: Summer Internships – Sampling New Hampshire Forests. 2008 Summer Research Program in Ecology Strafford, New Hampshire and Petersham, Massachusetts The Harvard Forest is seeking two college students/recent grads with field experience in sampling forest vegetation as part of its 2008 Summer Research Program in Ecology. The two interns will work together with minimal supervision, laying out plots, sampling vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs), soils and environmental conditions, and entering data into spreadsheets. This summer’s work will serve as the first census of a long-term ecological monitoring program for the more than 4000 acres of forest protected and managed by the Blue Hills Foundation in southern New Hampshire. We will be accepting applications until March 7, 2008. Required: - Past field experience sampling northeastern forests at the undergraduate or the graduate level - Experience with map and compass, GPS, plant identification, and sampling methods - Understanding of New England’s forest plant communities and succession patterns - College background in ecology, forestry, and/or botany - Experience in summarizing plot-level data - Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and be self-motivated - One of the two interns must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle. Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of lifting 75 lbs. Must be willing to work outdoors all day and under most weather conditions since the project will involve minimal amounts of “indoors” work. The interns will be living in Blue Hills Foundation housing in Strafford, New Hampshire, a rural town 30 miles from Concord, NH and 1 1/2 hour drive from Boston. Interns will spend one or two weeks at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts where they will live with other interns, participate in initial training, and a final symposium at the end of the summer. Compensation: - Stipend of $4920 for the 12-week session (average 40hr/week) - $65/week food allowance for the time spent at Blue Hills Foundation -Free furnished housing - Travel reimbursement of up to $350 for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply). - Personal vehicle mileage stipend for work-related travel Application: Please send the following information to Brian Hall at the address below: 1) Resume – please send by email; 2) Essay - describing your career objectives, your science background (including relevant courses, employment, or experiences), your expectations for a successful REU experience, and your educational and career objectives. Please note that we can support only 10-20% of students who apply to this program. The most competitive applications are those in which the application essay reflects careful consideration of how the program and the research projects dovetail with your educational and career goals. (250 words maximum). Please send by email. 3) Two letters of recommendation – please have the letter writers send them directly to the regular mail address below. Please contact Brian Hall for more information or to submit application materials: email@example.com Harvard Forest 324 North Main St Petersham, MA 01366 (978) 724-3302 x254. Posted: 2/1/08.
Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Summer Research Experience Investigating and Communicating Change in Ecosystems. Eight undergraduates will live and work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a 10-week program emphasizing both research and public outreach on topics concerning Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystems. Research and Outreach areas include: • Animal ecology, • Biogeochemistry, • Hydrology and soils, • Forest vegetation and carbon dynamics. Research projects will be conducted under the supervision of two research mentors active in research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest/LTER site. Outreach projects will be conducted in partnership with a regional non-profit, local government, or other group involved in the communication of scientific results to broad audiences. Students will: • Design and conduct a research project in their area of interest under the guidance of a team of research mentors. • Partner with an outside organization to create a science communication product meeting the real needs of the organization. o The organization and product will be consistent with the research interests of the student. • Participate in a Science Communication Workshop examining successful science translation products and providing a framework for developing the students’ projects. • Be fully integrated into the large community of undergraduates, graduate students, technicians, and research scientists active at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. The program is designed to appeal to students interested in careers in ecosystem science, as well as those interested in science-related fields, such as teaching or resource management, where interpretation of the processes and results of ecosystem science to a broad audience is central. Dates: June 2 through August 8, 2008 (10 weeks). Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Stipend: $4,500, plus meal-plan allowance and free housing. Other support: Research expenses and some assistance for travel to and from the site. To apply, visit www.hubbardbrookreu.org. Instructions and online applications will be available shortly. For more information, contact: Geoff Wilson, 25 Dobson Hill Road, Thornton, NH 03285. (603) 726-8911, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/22/08.
Indiana State University and Southern Illinois University: NSF Research Experence for undergraduates in New Mexico. We seek currently enrolled undergraduates who are interested in full-time research positions funded by the National Science Foundation. The research focuses on the behavioral thermoregulation of lizards at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (New Mexico). Responsibilities include capturing lizards and monitoring their activities in large outdoor enclosures. Benefits include free housing at the field station and a generous stipend. Students will also gain experience with experimental design, environmental mapping, and radiotelemetry. The successful applicant must be able to work as part of a team that includes students and faculty from Indiana State University and Southern Illinois University. Qualifications: Must be a college undergraduate currently enrolled in a biology, ecology, wildlife, or life science program. Prior experience handling lizards and working in a desert environment would be beneficial, but not required. A positive attitude, a willingness to work hard, and a sense of humor are much more important! Please send a cover letter, detailed resume, and three references to Matt Schuler (email@example.com). The ending date for applications is March 15th, 2008. Posted: 2/18/08.
Kansas State University: The Division of Biology at will be offering the 13th annual NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Summer 2008. We are seeking 10 undergraduate applicants interested in summer research projects addressing topics in ecology and evolutionary biology, using techniques ranging from molecular to ecosystems ecology. Participants will have great opportunities to conduct independent research projects under the guidance of experienced faculty researchers. 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 genetics, physiology, behavior, population and community ecology and ecosystem science. The stipend for the duration of the 10-week program will be $4000 in Summer 2008. Students will receive accommodation for the duration of the program, and will have access to resources of K-State, 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. The REU program will run from May 30 to August 8, 2008. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2008. Students will be selected on the basis of academic record, research interests and contributions to program diversity. Interested students can obtain additional information and application forms at our program website, or by contacting: Dr. Brett K. Sandercock, REU Program Coordinator, Division of Biology, 116 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone (785) 532-0120. Posted: 2/18/08.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for several research projects. Successful candidates will participate in field research at the Plum Island LTER site in Massachusetts. 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). In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students will assume an independent project that is linked to a larger study. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster or give a talk describing their project near the end of the field season. We anticipate funding for support of two to four REU positions during the 2008 field season. Possible projects include: examine changes in land cover in the watershed; examine the ecological functions of clams, especially in connection with nutrient cycling; examine the effects of suburban development patterns on fine scales on vegetation structure; and examine the relationship between cutting salt marsh hay, Spartina patens, and marsh geochemistry. 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 should be in good health, and capable of rigorous outdoor activity. Depending upon the project the candidate may be based in Woods Hole, Plum Island, or Clark University. Students working at Plum Island should be prepared to live in a field house with other students and staff. Unofficial transcripts are required documents but may be uploaded with your resume and cover letter or faxed to the MBL Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please be sure to reference the position posting number. Apply online at mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 4/2/08.
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 only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). 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. We anticipate funding for support of two to four REU positions during the 2008 field season. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station. 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 should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial transcripts are required documents, but may be uploaded along with your Resume and Cover Letter or faxed to the Human Resources Office at 508-289-7931. If faxing, please include the position posting number or reference code. Apply to mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 3/3/08.
Michigan State University: Undergraduate technician from late-May to late-August. Project: Zebra Mussels are an invasive species to the Great Lakes region and have now spread to hundreds of inland lakes throughout the Midwest with dramatic impacts on these ecosystems. We are investigating the role of Zebra Mussels in promoting nuisance (and potentially toxic) algal blooms in Midwestern lakes through a series of experiments ranging from large-scale mesocosms that mimic actual lake conditions to small-scale laboratory experiments that analyze mussel feeding rates and sensitivity to algal toxins. Site: Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI, near Kalamazoo. Responsibilities: Assist in the construction, deployment and maintenance of a large-scale mesocosm experiment in Gull Lake with periodic field sampling and laboratory analysis. On occasion, assist with small scale experiments in the laboratory. Picture | Previous technician’s website. Qualifications: Required: courses in biology, ecology, limnology or related field; good work ethic; work both independently and as a team. Highly desirable: field and/or laboratory experience; experience on boats and especially with outboards; SCUBA certification. Salary: $1200 monthly stipend based on 40 hours/week. Housing is covered Housing: by the project and consists of a comfortable, fully-furnished apartment on the banks of Gull Lake. Contact: Send resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and contact information of three references to: Geoff Horst, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 13 Natural Resources, East Lansing, MI 48824-1222. Email: email@example.com. Posted: 5/2/08.
Michigan State University: The Alaskan Peatland Experiment (APEX) is seeking undergraduate research technicians to join our enthusiastic field crew this summer. Two positions will be funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). APEX is in its 4th year of study, and is examining the consequences of summer warming, drought, and altered snowpack dynamics on plant communities and carbon cycling in northern wetlands. Motivated students interested in ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, hydrology, and/or global change research should send a cover letter describing their background and interests, a CV or resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Merritt Turetsky (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Successful applicants will be paid a competitive monthly stipend depending on experience. Housing (if required) and transportation to/from field sites also will be provided. Students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of research methods, including greenhouse gas fluxes, ecohydrology, and vegetation measurements, and will have the opportunity to design independent research projects. Posted: 4/2/08.
Michigan State University: Kellogg Biological Station has 20 positions this summer for undergraduates to participate in ecological research. REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Opportunities for 2008 include: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center REUs • Biodiversity, sustainability, and ecosystem services in biofuel cropping systems REUs at the KBS Long Term Ecological Research Site (NSF-LTER) • Ecological Genetics • Aquatic Biogeochemistry • Perennials in sustainable agriculture • Temporal variation in perennial productivity KBS Learn and Intern Program: • Perennial Plant Cover in Agricultural Ecosystems • Parental Investment in House Wrens • Plant-Mycorrhizal Interactions • Community Ecology in Temporary Ponds • Integrated Food System Internship We also have paid internships for students that want less research and more career-related experience: • Bird Sanctuary Student Internship • Crop and Dairy Internship (Feb. 28th deadline) • PR/Marketing Internship Please visit our website for details and application forms: http://www.kbs.msu.edu/reu/ Application deadlines are March 15th, unless otherwise noted. Undergraduates at KBS will be part of a lively research community. Students will receive training in many facets of the research process, and work closely with a mentor-scientist. All these programs include a PAID stipend, and many also include room and board. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the sciences. Questions? Please contact: Gwen Pearson, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org), Asst. Director for Education and Outreach, Kellogg Biological Station. Posted: 2/19/08.
National Park Service: Biological Technician GS-0404-05 (appr. $14 per/hr), May 19 to August 29, 2008 (negotiable). The selected individual(s) will assist a natural resource monitoring program that serves 13 national parks in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbent(s) will assist the botanist in collecting data on vegetation in several parks. The incumbent(s) may assist on other biological studies when needed. Beside data collection, the selected individual(s) will assist with various aspects of data entry, manipulation, and management of biological data. Most of the work will be field work although some office work and some overnight travel may occur. The monitoring program is currently located at 306 East Saint Joseph St. (near the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology). The selected individual(s) must be pursing a degree in biology or natural resource fields. Proficiency with computers (especially spreadsheets and databases) is required. Experience with plant taxonomy and the ability to identify plants to the species level is desirable. The selected individual(s) must be students in the spring and fall semesters of the 2008 calendar year (i.e., immediately before and after the employment). They will need to provide proof of enrollment upon acceptance of the position. Background checks will be conducted. Interested Persons Should Contact: Joel Brumm, National Park Service, Inventory & Monitoring Program, Suite 210, 306 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. email@example.com, 605 341-2804, fax 605 341-2819. Posted: 2/5/08.
Penn State University: Interested in urban biogeochemistry? Dr. Jason Kaye is offering an undergraduate research opportunity studying the effects of air pollution on the desert surrounding Phoenix, Arizona. Specifically investigating the fate of atmospheric nitrogen once deposited on the soil. The position is located in State College, PA and will be laboratory based. The student will be involved in the design, implementation, and summary phases of the experiment. The position requires basic chemistry skills, the ability to work independently, and a strong interest in scientific research. The position runs May thru August and will be worked around semester end and start dates of the student. Compensation includes an hourly wage, travel, and housing stipend. A letter of interest, resume and 3 references should be sent to Sara Eckert either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail at 116 ASI Bldg, University Park, PA 16802. Deadline for applications is April 18th. Posted: 4/3/08.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: REU program. This 10-week program (June 9 - Aug 17, 2008) is funded by the National Science Foundation. Some students may be asked to arrive earlier or stay later if necessary for their particular research project. Students are expected to stay at RMBL for a full 10 weeks, regardless of starting date. There are ten students selected for REU awards. The awards provide $600 toward travel costs, pay a $4,250 stipend, and cover all expenses at RMBL such as room, board, and tuition if the student wishes to receive credit for their research project. Students should have a sincere interest in a career in field biology research. Fieldwork is difficult, and often tedious. We are looking for students with the mental and intellectual maturity to commit to hard work. For more information, see rmbl.org. Deadline: Feb. 15. Posted: 1/7/08.
S.M. Stoller Corp: The Environmental, Surveillance, Education, and Research Program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has positions available for students to work as paid technicians collecting and managing data on multiple ecological research projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). Much of the field work will be collecting data to support a vegetation community classification and mapping project. The positions are temporary, full-time for the 2008 field season (late May to mid-August). Anticipated start date is May 27. Employment end dates are flexible based on the end and start dates of university classes. The primary work location will be at the INL, located 45 miles west of Idaho Falls. The close proximity of Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Craters of the Moon National Parks, as well as great public access to National Forests and BLM lands make for excellent nearby outdoor recreation opportunities. Qualifications: Applicants must be college undergraduate or Spring 2008 graduates. Preference will be given to students in ecology, biology, range science, wildlife science, environmental science or a related major. Since field crews often work in remote areas of the INL with limited access, candidates must be mature, responsible and able to work with a minimum of supervision. 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, ID 83401. email@example.com, Voice: (208) 525-9358, Fax: (208) 525-3364. E-mail letters of reference will be accepted. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2008. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Roger D. Blew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/23/08.
Texas A&M University: The department of Entomology has been granted and REU by NSF. If you are interested in exploring the role that host-plant species may have in the evolution of herbivorous insects, please contact my lab (email@example.com). The student will learn DNA extraction and molecular marker development methods and will use these genetic tools to explore the role that host-plant species have in the differentiation of herbivorous insect populations. By the end of the experience the undergraduate student involved in our mini-project will be able to present her/his results at a professional meeting. For information on how to apply please go to: http://insects.tamu.edu/reu. Deadline: April 1. Posted: 3/5/08.
USDA Forest Service: The Tonto Basin Ranger District will be filling two Bird/Amphibian/Bat/Stream Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Biological Science Technician positions. Duty station is in Roosevelt, Arizona. Start Date: ASAP. Duration: May 2008 thru September 2008, negotiable. Salary: at GS-1 to GS-5 level, depending on experience. On site housing is available at a low cost. Duties include but are not limited to: conducting southwestern willow flycatcher, bat, and fish surveys across Tonto National Forest. This will involve following established protocols for monitoring, identification of southwestern willow flycatchers and other common southwestern riparian birds by sight and sound, use of GPS and GIS technology, kayaks and/or canoes, electrofish shockers, seine netting, and hiking in rough terrain in extreme heat. The positions involve long and shifting hours, including frequent morning and night work. Field work covers a vast range of elevations and habitats from Sonoran desert to mixed conifer. Self-motivation, good physical condition, the ability to swim, work well in a group, and willingness to spend long hours in the field are a must. Previous field experience and an academic background in wildlife, zoology, or related fields are preferred. To apply or for additional information: Please send a resume and official transcript(s) to: Amyann Madara-Yagla, Wildlife Biologist, Tonto Basin Ranger District, HC02 Box 4800, Roosevelt, AZ 85545. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method of sending resume) Telephone: 928-467-3200. Posted: 5/1/08.
USDA Forest Service: We are seeking 2 highly motivated students to participate in a project studying Baker cypress, a rare conifer species found only in northern California and southern Oregon. This species depends on fire for seed dispersal and germination. As a result of fire suppression, some populations of Baker cypress are now dying without any regeneration. Our project will focus on restoring Baker cypress populations by: 1) Examining how prescribed burning and thinning treatments affect cypress regeneration; 2) Identifying factors that influence recruitment of cypress, such as fire return interval, stand age, fire severity, fuel loads, and site conditions; and 3) Developing recommendations for cypress management and providing a risk assessment of cypress populations across the Klamath, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests, and the Alturas Resource Area of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Field assistants will work under the direction of a crew leader to collect a broad range of data, including tree demography data (identifying trees, saplings, and seedlings, coring trees, measuring tree diameter and height, tagging trees, etc.), fuels data using Browns transects, vegetation data including shrub and herbaceous plant species identification, and post- fire severity data at sites that have burned. Field assistants will also collect cypress cones and branches in the field. This position involves 70- 80% field work, but will also include some laboratory and office duties such as counting seeds, aging cores and cones, testing seeds for viability, and data entry. There could be an opportunity for interested applicants to pursue other questions related to Baker cypress as part of their undergraduate/graduate work. The position will be based out of Happy Camp, CA. However, the field crew will travel frequently to remote study sites in isolated, rugged areas of the Klamath, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests, and the Alturas Resource Area of the BLM. This is a physically demanding job, involving hiking and camping in steep, hot, rugged terrain for up to 8- 10 days. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented candidates with experience in botanical and forest demography data collection. Applicants must be able to work well independently and with others. GPS/GIS experience is also. Valid driver’s license required. We will fill two full-time, temporary biological science technician positions at either the GS-5 ($13.58/hr) or GS-4 ($12.23/hr) level through the Student Educational Employment Program. This program provides Federal employment opportunities to students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment (taking at least a half-time course load) in a 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or professional school. Only students are eligible for this position. Work will begin in late May and continue through at least mid-August, 2008. For inquiries related to this position, please contact Kyle Merriam at (530) 283-7777 or Erin Rentz at (530) 627- 3312. To apply, please send: 1) cover letter, 2) CV including professional experience, 3) name, telephone number, and address of three former supervisors or other professional references, and 4) copies of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) to Kyle Merriam, P.O. Box 11500, Quincy, CA 95971, or via email to: email@example.com. Applications must be received by March 21, 2008. Posted: 2/26/08.
USDA Forest Service: The Pacific Southwest Research Station anticipates filling four temporary positions for the summer of 2008 (approximately June 1 to Sept. 1 or beyond (start and end dates somewhat flexible)) at the GS-4 to GS-6 levels to assist with forestry and forest ecology research. Three of the positions will be based at Pinecrest, CA, 35 miles east of Sonora in the Central Sierra Nevada. The fourth position will be based at Bogard, on the Lassen National Forest. The students we hire will work on three projects: 1. Two studies are being implemented on the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest. The objective of the first study is to evaluate the influence of stand spatial structure on natural regeneration and resilience to wildfire, and the objective of the second study is to develop methods for minimizing mortality of large pines when fire is reintroduced after a long period of fire suppression. Duties will include laying out study units using GPS and GIS (yes, getting paid to hike!). We will also be re- mapping forest stands originally mapped in 1929 to better understand long- term forest development after different types of logging. The Stanislaus- Tuolumne Experimental Forest is in a spectacular location just west of the Emigrant Wilderness and north of Yosemite National Park and contains some of finest remnant old-growth sugar pine mixed conifer forest outside of the National Parks. 2. A study was installed shortly after a 2002 wildfire on the Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest to investigate rate of fuel accumulation following varying levels of salvage logging, ranging from no removal to complete removal. In the summer of 2008, we will be determining how understory vegetation and tree seedling recruitment was affected by salvage logging. For this position, some knowledge of California flora is required. 3. A new study will be initiated in Lassen National Park, east of Redding, CA to determine the historical fire regime in sections of the park currently dominated by shrubs with scattered pockets of large trees. We will be searching for snags and downed trees containing fire scars, and assisting with sample collection for dendrochronology work. This will involve hiking over very rough terrain and carrying heavy loads. These jobs are an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining field experience. Those hired will likely work on at least two of the above projects. One of the positions at Pinecrest will be for a crew leader; an undergraduate degree is required with some graduate work or experience beneficial. Incoming graduate students looking for thesis/dissertation research possibilities are especially encouraged to apply for the crew leader position. Pay commensurate with education and experience (GS-4 = $13.53/hr [some undergraduate coursework], GS-5 = $15.13/hr [completed undergraduate degree], GS-6 = $16.87/hr [some graduate coursework and/or experience]). Housing will be provided, but several weeks may be spent camping. Qualifications: o Must be a student or will become a student in the fall o Coursework in forestry or ecology, GIS or GPS skills a plus but not necessary o Some knowledge of California flora required for several of the positions o Interest in being outdoors and capable of hiking long distances over difficult terrain o Able to deal with inclement weather and the occasional mosquito and stinging bee o Capable of living and working closely together with others . Please send resume, including the name, title, address, phone number, and email address of at least three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. While we will accept resumes as late as March 1, applicants are encouraged to apply promptly. For more information call Eric Knapp (530) 226-2555, or Martin Ritchie (530) 226-2551. Posted: 2/6/08.
USDA Forest Service: Summer Intern positions in Biological Sciences are available at USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, located in Otto, NC. To qualify, students must: (1) be in good academic standing, (2) be currently enrolled in a college or university, and (3) plan on returning to college or university in fall 2008. Interns work with Coweeta scientists and staff on a wide variety of projects. Current research projects include, but are not limited to: structure and function of first order watershed riparian zones; hemlock woolly adelgid impacts on forest processes; southern Appalachian forest carbon, nutrient, and water budgets and cycling; prescribed burning effects on mixed oak-pine forests; and effects of herbaceous plant removal on nutrient cycling. Projects typically have both a field and laboratory component, and may include some data analysis. Students may utilize some portion of data collected and/or analyzed to fulfill university intern requirements. The rate of pay ranges from a GS-03 (approximately $11.37/hr) to GS-04 (approximately $12.77/hr), depending on education and experience. A limited amount of housing is available on site for approximately $100/month. Interested students should send (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) college transcripts by March 1, 2008 to: James M. Vose, Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, 3160 Coweeta Lab Rd, Otto, NC 29763. email@example.com. Positions are highly competitive -- early applications are encouraged. Valid drivers license with minimal moving violations required. Posted: 2/4/08.
USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center: Student Intern, USGS/EROS, Sioux Falls, SD. Duration: 3-4 months full-time (somewhat negotiable). A team of researchers modeling the effects of shifts in climate and land-use on ecosystem processes, including biogeochemical cycling, biomass production, water quality, and wildlife habitat, has need for a student intern to prepare geospatial datasets on climate, soils, land use, and other environmental characteristics. Source data may be already in a geographic information system (GIS) format (vector or raster), or may be tabular from a singular or a relational database. Intern will standardize map projections and geographic extents across multiple GIS layers and will also derive GIS layers from combinations of variables in relational databases. Experience: Must have experience working with geospatial data and GIS. Computer programming expertise, particularly with relational databases, is required. Background in physical geography or other environmental science is preferred. Contacts for more information: Shuguang Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org, 605-594-6168) Shuguang (Leo) Liu, PhD Senior Principal Scientist and Team Lead Climate Change, Carbon Cycle, and Landscape Modeling or Alisa Gallant (email@example.com, 605-594-2696). Posted: 5/20/08.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: three full-time temporary Biological Science Technicians to assist in running several large-scale wildlife monitoring programs in summer 2008. Students interested in birds and/or amphibians and in developing their computer skills are encouraged to apply. Deadline: April 7th, 2008. Duties: Assist in maintaining one of several wildlife monitoring databases: the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), and the Bird Point Count Database. Duties include: preparation of biological data for computer entry, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps, graphs, charts and other materials for web pages, and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence. Required Expertise/Skills: Currently enrolled student at an accredited college or university with at least two years of completed coursework; biology, wildlife management, or related majors preferred. Knowledge of biological theories, concepts and principles; knowledge of distributions and natural histories of North American birds and/or amphibians a plus. Knowledge of computer software used to summarize and visualize data, with a strong interest in learning more (i.e. Excel, Access, ArcGIS). Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. This is a full-time (8 hours/day, 40 hours/week), temporary position. Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, MD. Extended periods of computer use will be required. Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience, as follows: $14.63 per hour for student who has completed two or more years of college. Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Travel away from the duty station is not expected. Approx Dates: 27 May - 22 August 2008 (depending on student's academic schedule). Send resume and letter of interest to: Linda Weir, Wildlife Biologist, firstname.lastname@example.org This announcement may be found at: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/aboutus/jobs.cfm. Posted: 3/18/08.
University of Arizona: REU is an NSF-sponsored program providing Research Experience for Undergraduates. Undergraduates receive a stipend ($4,800 @ $10/h) to conduct independent research projects under faculty guidance and mentorship. Dr. Steve Archer in the School of Natural Resources has openings for REU students on a collaborative study with Dr. Susan Schwinning (Texas State) investigating why some shrubs are more successful than others in invading and establishing in grasslands. REU students will participate in controlled environment studies on the UA campus; and in field studies at the Santa Rita Experimental Range just south of Tucson. For more details and application procedures, see http://ag.arizona.edu/research/archer/ or email email@example.com. Application Deadline: April 11, 2008; or until suitable candidate is hired. Posted: 3/5/08.
University College Dublin: Summer Research: Collections-Based Biology in Dublin (CoBiD) Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award. This summer programme offers research projects and activities for students in organismal biology using biological collections Research Projects: extreme environments | fire ecology | DNA barcoding | freshwater ecology | biocontrol | environmental epigenomics | terrestrial ecology | invasive species | plant evolution and extinction | life history | genomic imprinting. Requirements: completion of the third (junior) year of an undergraduate biosciences degree | ability to work independently | strong interest in the project of choice | career goals in organismal biology. Full funding for the 10-week programme will be provided for 10 successful candidates, including assistance with air transportation to and from Dublin, accommodation in Dublin, and a small weekly allowance, as well as project expenses. Prior experience with museum collections is not required – one of the goals of the programme is to expose students to new research skills. The programme is open to all international as well as Irish and EU students. Term dates: June 16th to August 22nd 2008. For application instructions and more information: http://www.ucd.ie/ureka/. Applications must be received by 30 March 2008. Posted: 1/22/08.
University of Colorado: Study effects of climate on the behavior and physiology of the American pika, an alpine mammal that may be threatened by climate change. This position involves extensive field work, some self-directed, as well as participation in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will be housed at CU’s Mountain Research Station (MRS) throughout the summer, and will participate in a 1-credit research course along with other REU students. The MRS is located at 9,000 feet, 40 minutes west of Boulder. Food and lodging at the MRS will be provided free of charge, in addition to a stipend of $3,000 for the summer. This independent research project will be conducted under the guidance of two researchers with extensive experience studying pikas, and will involve taking blood and tissue samples from live pikas in the field, as well as studying pika behavior. Applicants must be available Monday-Friday from June 9 through August 15. Those interested in developing an honors project related to this study are especially welcome to apply. Applicant must be an American citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program. Apply by email to Chris.Ray@Colorado.Edu. Include a resume and a description of relevant experience in ecology and in alpine settings. Note: Although other REU positions associated with the MRS have been filled, applications for this late-breaking position will be accepted until May 15. Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Colorado: Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Application deadline is Friday 29th February 2008. The program will run from June 9th – August 15th. The program provides students with the opportunity to participate in research projects at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. More information about the University of Colorado REU program, the faculty involved, the host site, and the application process can be found online through: http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/EEBprojects/reu/ Most student participants will be housed at the Mountain Research Station. Participants will live in cabins at the Station through the summer, offering an opportunity for participation in a unique, focused, research program. Meals and housing at the mountain research station are provided free of cost to the participants. participants will be registered free of charge in a 1 credit course and will be paid a stipend of $4000 for the 10 week program. There are two goals of this REU site: * To train promising undergraduate students, from the University of Colorado and other colleges and universities, in modern research methods in the related disciplines of ecology, evolution and behavior * To encourage undergraduate students, especially members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, to enter graduate school in the biological sciences. To this end, the participating faculty are committed to significantly involving undergraduate students in their research, to interacting with undergraduates at both a professional and personal level, and to introducing undergraduates to research in ways that will encourage them to pursue a graduate career in the biological sciences. Questions? Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/13/08.
University of Georgia: The Drake Lab is seeking undergraduate applicants for one REU position for the summer of 2008. The successful applicant will be involved in an ongoing project using historical data on West Nile Virus to predict the occurrence and spread of future outbreaks in urban environments. We expect the student to both be involved in the overall project, as well as to develop and implement a related independent project. Possible projects include mapping mosquito species distributions in urban habitats, identifying discriminants of mosquito habitat, and data-mining for weather-related predictors of vector and disease outbreaks. Applications are particularly requested from students interested in learning techniques from geographic information systems (GIS) and/or data mining and applying such techniques in research. This position will be for 10 weeks starting on or around June 1, 2008. The selected student will receive a stipend of $450/wk, as well as a housing allowance. This position is based at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. John Drake (email@example.com). To apply, please submit a letter of application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, arrange for a current academic transcript to be sent to the address below, and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered until May 15, 2008. Contact for transcript: John Drake Lab, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2202. 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). Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst: REU and Field Assistants studying insect attraction to fragrant compounds of squash flowers Dates (negotiable): June 9- August 29th Full time Pay: $10 /hour. Do you have a keen interest in plants and insects? Do you enjoy working outside? I am looking for an REU position and field assistants to work this summer on an NSF funded project studying the evolution of fragrance in Cucurbita pepo subsp. texana, the Texas wild gourd. We will study the attraction of detrimental beetles to this wild relative of the economically important squash crops. Duties will include planting, weeding, and watering field grown plants, preparing and applying synthetic fragrance, insect observations and data collection. The REU position will involve independent study on a closely related topic. All work to take place in Amherst Massachusetts. Requirements: Driver's license, and ability to work early mornings. Application should include: * A current resume (please include your GPA and a relevant list of classes or an unofficial transcripts) * Two letters of recommendation * A brief cover letter describing your interest in this position * Indicate whether you are applying for the REU position, the field assistant position, or both. REU applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled as undergraduates for the Fall semester. Field Assistant positions can be graduates. * Minorities are encouraged to apply. Apply by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send to: Nina Theis, 270 Stockbridge Rd, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003. Posted: 4/4/08.
University of Michigan: Summer undergraduate research internships are available through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). Students will work with Dr. Mike Benard on amphibian field ecology research studies. As part of the work, students will learn about field methods and the design of ecological experiments. Additionally, each student will develop their own research project that can be completed during the summer. Potential projects include studies of environmental effects on tadpole development, interactions between amphibians and their predators, or the habitat use of amphibians after metamorphosis. Research takes place on the ES George Reserve, a site with a long history of ecological research. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the other biologists working at the ESGR and the University. In addition to the educational experience, participants in the SROP program receive a stipend, reimbursement for travel expenses, and free housing. More information is available at: the SROP website linked above or by contacting Dr. Mike Benard (email@example.com). Applications due Feb 11, 2008. Posted: 1/17/08.
University of Minnesota: Undergraduate students in Civil Engineering, Geology, Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Physics, Mathematics and related fields are invited to apply to participate in NSF-sponsored summer research at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. Program dates: June 1 to August 9, 2008. Application Deadline: March 1, 2008. Students work on one of two interdisciplinary teams: "Team Delta" focuses on issues in coastal Louisiana and "Team Marmot" focuses on issues related to the 2007 removal of the Marmot dam on Oregon's Sandy River. Both teams spend June at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, at the University of Minnesota, using experimental modeling to develop an understanding of the physical and biological processes they will explore in the field. The teams then perform field research in July, returning to Minnesota to synthesize their research in posters and papers. All expenses are paid and students will receive a stipend. Visit http://www.nced.umn.edu/USIP.html for more information or to apply. Contact Diana Dalbotten (firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-624-4608) or Kimberly Hill ( email@example.com; 612-626-0311) with questions. Posted: 2/15/08.
University of Montana: One GS-7 field crew supervisor and one GS-5 field crew position will be hired to assist a graduate student with data collection on the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington. The project’s objective is to assess the response of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir to climatic variability across different plant associations and canopy classes. The crew will spend approximately two months working across a large area to locate sites and collect data. Primary duties will involve identifying habitat types, coring trees and measuring various stand and tree attributes. Locating study sites will be an important and challenging component of these positions and may require the use of GPS, 4WD and hiking. These positions will be hired through USFS STEP program. Candidates must be students that plan on returning to a college or university degree program following the field season. These positions are best suited to upper-level undergraduates or graduate students who are giving serious consideration to advanced study or professional work in forest ecology or silviculture. Candidates must be in good physical condition and capable of working long days in the field under hot, rugged and sometimes remote conditions. Most importantly, I seek individuals who can attend to details, have legible handwriting, and can work and live cooperatively with others. Valid driver’s license and safe driving record is required. Salary: $15.59/hr for GS-7 Crew Supervisor & $12.58/hr for GS-5 Crew Member. Housing will most likely be provided. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible but will be ~23 June to ~22 August 2008. Work schedule is also flexible but will most likely be four 10 hour days with three days off each week. Closing Date: 15 April 2008. Application Materials: * Cover letter that includes information about your interests and qualifications; dates of availability; and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references. * Resume. Send to: Gunnar Carnwath (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/1/08.
University of Notre Dame: An REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunity is available for a sophomore or junior interested in investigating the dynamic of climate change and biogeography. The selected student will participate in field studies that focus on the role for climate in limiting the distribution of species, the possibility that species could colonize regions outside their historic distribution, and the potential effectiveness of assisted migration as a tool for promoting biodiversity conservation under climate change. Studies involve two species of butterfly and their host plants in the threatened Garry oak ecosystem of Vancouver Island, BC. Research tasks will include catching butterflies, participating in butterfly population surveys, and tending to captured adults for egg collection. The student also will take on a related, independent project. The REU can begin as early as April 1 but later start dates are possible. Field studies will end July 31, but subsequent study in the lab at Notre Dame is possible. The stipend is $4100 for a minimum of 10 weeks; housing and financial assistance for travel to Vancouver Island is provided. Selected individual must be able to work as a team but also function independently. Prior experience with field work and camping is desired. A valid driver’s license is required. Further details and application requirements: http://globes.nd.edu/news-and-upcoming-events/reu.shtml. Queries also can be sent to Derrick Parker (Ph.D. student) at email@example.com and Dr. Jessica Hellmann (principal investigator) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications begins March 1, 2008. Posted: 2/14/08.
University of Pittsburgh: The laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea has an NSF-funded research opportunity for an undergraduate student interested in the effects of pesticides on amphibians and aquatic communities. The successful candidate will conduct independent research with the ultimate goal of publishing the work. Previous undergraduate students have published their work in the world's leading ecological journals including Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, and Oecologia. Students will be trained in all aspects of conducting ecological research as part of a diverse research team that examines the ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms. The experience will include collecting animals from ponds, swamps, and marshes and conducting both laboratory experiments and outdoor field experiments. The research experience occurs from early May through early August (12 weeks) at the Pymatuning research station in northwest PA. The student will attend weekly evening seminars and socialize with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from around the country. During this time, the student will be paid $9/hour and enjoy free housing on the beautiful shores of Pymatuning Lake in northwestern PA. There also are funds available for research supplies and travel to nearby field sites (having a vehicle is required). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduate students (graduating seniors are not eligible). Minority applicants are especially encouraged. Interested students should send a resume, two letters of reference, and a brief cover letter detailing their interests in this research opportunity to Dr. Rick Relyea at email@example.com. All applications should be submitted by 1 April 2008. Posted: 3/24/08.
University of Puerto Rico: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the Summer 2008 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from June 2nd to August 8th. Application deadline: 28 February 2008. 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. - Aquatic Insect Ecology. Students will receive a stipend of $4,000 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 UPR and El Verde Field Station. The National Science Foundation and the UPR, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program. The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2008 and to US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information can be found at http://ites.upr.edu/REU/. Posted: 1/17/08.
University of Virginia: Mountain Lake Biological Station is pleased to announce its 13-week summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses and workshops offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its 10-week NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 16th year. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. More information: Courses | REU. REU Application Deadline: March 1. Posted: 1/24/08.
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Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS): The Ecological Society of America's SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship application deadline has been extended to October 1. The SEEDS program promotes ecology opportunities to students that are underrepresented in the profession. Don't miss this unique opportunity to customize your ecology research experience. The possibilities with the SEEDS fellowship are unparalleled, with awardees having almost the entire ESA membership, 10,000 strong, to choose from as mentors. Fellowship students essentially conduct a mini thesis from writing a proposal, to conducting their research and analyzing results, to presenting at the ESA meeting. The fellowship stipend is $6,000, plus all research expenses, plus travel to two ESA meetings and a leadership meeting making the total award over $12,000. The SEEDS fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged as future leaders of ESA. To learn more about the SEEDS fellowship and to apply, visit http://www.esa.org/seeds/fellowship/about.php. For more information about SEEDS and the other activities supported by the program, visit http://esa.org/seeds/. Posted: 9/28/07.
University of Georgia: With funding from NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, we are offering 10 undergraduates (U.S. citizens) the opportunity to participate in a unique study abroad opportunity in China this summer. The research focus of our PIRE grant is a forensic biogeographic study of species that are native to China and invasive in the southeastern U.S. as well as a growing number of species native to the southeastern U.S. and invasive in China. Each summer, we will run an 8 week OTS-style field course where we will visit biological communities throughout China. After the field course, students can elect to continue in short-term research internships in our partner labs in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Of course, students will need to be prepared to take full advantage of this experience. Each spring semester, undergraduates will enroll at the University of Georgia (UGA) and take 3 courses; two in intensive elementary Mandarin Chinese and a laboratory course in genetics. There are no prerequisites for these courses and no prior experience with Chinese language is expected. The cost to the student is minimal: the grant will cover travel to and within China, lodging and most meals. The student is responsible for visa costs and personal expenses. The application deadline is November 9, but we encourage any interested students to contact us immediately. For more information, please see the program web site or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/26/07.
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Kellogg Biological Station: a Fall Study-Away Semester for undergraduates! ROKS: Residential Opportunities at Kellogg Station. ROKS combines undergraduate coursework, mentored internships, seminars and discussions with leading scientists, and the opportunity to live, research, and work at KBS - home of an NSF Long Term Ecological Research site and a beautiful lake. There are only 6 spots left for Fall 2008! Apply now! http://www.kbs.msu.edu/roks/ * Small class sizes (12 students) * Field-oriented classes in a variety of habitats * Coursework that's integrated across classes * Exploration of career options through mentored professional experiences (internships) * Conduct original research during classes * Present your research to others and in the community If you want to be part of a small, interactive, focused and fun learning community, please join us! Students are encouraged to apply now for best chance of scholarship support. All students will receive at least $2000 in scholarship suport. Questions? Please contact: Gwen Pearson, PhD, Asst. Director for Education and Outreach, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University. email@example.com. Posted: 5/2/08.
Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology: We are currently calling for applications to our 4-week Summer program and our Fall Semester 2008. In this intensive 12-week program of approximately 260 structured academic contact hours, students engage in 4 courses (AC 301: Natural History and Identification of Marine Organisms, AC 302: Principles of Tropical Marine Ecology, AC 303: Marine Research Methodology, and AC 304: Marine Resource Conservation). These courses provide the training for applied research projects in which each student participates. Our programs change from year to year and the research that students are engaged in is not a mere academic exercise, but an issue-driven set of questions relevant to the conservation of Dominica's coastal marine environment, resource users and policy makers. Results are presented at public hearings with coverage from local media outlets. Over the years students have thus built a commendable database which has most recently been "translated" into our new interactive website www.itme.org/marinehabitats. ITME has earned the trust of Dominica's environmental entities and all our reports are shared with these institutions. So students are engaged not only in the nuts-and-bolts of field research, but also in the dissemination of their findings. We are deeply committed to in-depth research training and provide this opportunity during our 12-week fall program. This fall we are building on the large-scale habitat mapping efforts of last year with a focus on revisiting existing marine species inventories. Also, please note that ITME is proud to host the 34th Scientific Meeting of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) in May 2009. This will be a great opportunity for ITME students (Fall 08) to return to Dominica and present their findings. I would appreciate your assistance in passing on this information to any student that may be considering graduate school in an environmental field. We have found that these are excellent candidates for our fall program, as well as students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree and seek an applied research experience prior to starting graduate school. If you know of such students, please pass along this email to them. For those who cannot commit to a full semester, the 4-week Summer Program (AC 305: Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation, AC 306: Caribbean Issues of Resource Management) offers an excellent alternative. Interested students should contact Mary Akers (Director of Admissions) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/1/08.
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