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University of Illinois REU, forest ecology  
University of Florida REU, butterfly systematics  
University of Minnesota Summer Field Tech, impact of emerald ash borer on forested wetlands 5/31/12 5/25/12
University of Minnesota Understory vegetation in northern hardwood forests 4/30/12 4/12/12
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology REU, marine ecology 4/30/12 4/2/12
New Mexico State University REU, Jornada Basin LTER  
Florida International University REU, coral reef ecology 4/20/12 4/3/12
University of Washington, Seattle REU, impacts of climate change on plant communities 4/17/12 4/10/12
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi REU, Climate Change and Estuaries 4/13/12 4/5/12
Oregon State University REU, fungal endophytes in coastal dune grasses  
University of Nevada, Reno REU, chemical ecology and evolution in tropical forests, Ecuador  
University of California, Santa Barbara REU, marine ecology 4/1/12 3/12/12
University of California, Santa Barbara REU, invasive grasses in Hawai’i 4/1/12 3/12/12
University of Maine REU, Forest Bioproducts 3/31/12 12/16/11
University of Vermont REU, arctic tundra stream ecosystems 3/30/12 2/22/12
Central Michigan University REU, Great Lakes ecosystems 3/23/12 2/15/12
Iowa State University REU, Biogeosciences 3/16/12 3/2/12
SUNY-ESF REU, microbes and plant invasions in Argentina 3/15/12 3/5/12
University of Minnesota, Duluth REU, seedbank for study of plant evolution 3/15/12 2/23/12
University of Arizona REU, Decomposition in Drylands: Soil Erosion and UV Interactions 3/15/12 1/19/12
University of New Mexico DataONE Summer Internship Program 3/12/12 2/27/12
US Geological Survey Summer Research Tech, Biogeochemist/Geomorphologist 3/10/12 2/13/12
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Summer Intern, Monitoring Stream Fish and Macroinvertebrates 3/9/12 2/2/12
Utah State University REU, plant species interactions and climate change 3/7/12 2/27/12
Georgetown University REU, Salt Marsh Ecosystem Ecology  
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer undergraduate research program 3/4/12 12/15/11
Hubbard Brook LTER REU, tree physiological ecology and hydrology 3/2/12 2/23/12
Texas A&M University REU, Entomology 3/2/12 12/9/11
Hofstra University REU, Lyme disease ecology 3/1/12 2/6/12
Radford University REU, disease ecology in aquatic freshwater communities 3/1/12 2/1/12
Kansas State University REU, Ecology and Evolution of Changing Environments 3/1/12 1/19/12
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie 2/29/12 1/23/12
University of Puerto Rico REU, Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/28/12 12/15/11
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium REU, Changing Coastal Environments 2/27/12 2/22/12
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, watershed and estuarine ecosystems  
University of Michigan REU, Ant morphometrics and evolution  
University of Virginia REU, Mountain Lake Biological Station 2/20/12 1/6/12
University of Tennessee REU, Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 2/17/12 12/16/11
Georgia Tech REU, Aquatic Chemical Ecology 2/15/12 12/16/11
University of Texas at Austin REU, Switchgrass Summer Research 2/15/12 11/28/11
rchbold Biological Station Research intern, Agro-ecology 2/13/12 1/19/12
University of Hawaii Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science 2/10/12 1/13/12
University of Alaska Anchorage REU, Ecology and Physiological Ecology 2/10/12 1/13/12
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies REU, Ecology 2/5/12 2/1/12
University of Wisconsin-Madison REU, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania 2/5/12 1/27/12
Colorado State University REU, Soil Isotope Ecology, Spring and Fall 2/3/12 1/26/12
Harvard University REU, Ecology, Harvard Forest 2/3/12 1/12/12
Oregon State University REU, plant and animal phenology  
University of Georgia REU, stream ecology and nutrients  
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Summer Environmental Internships 2/1/12 1/18/12
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, excess nutrients in salt marshes  
Texas A&M University REU, cloud forest research in Costa Rica 1/31/12 1/12/12
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, Plant Biology and Conservation (10 positions) 1/31/12 12/22/11
Ohio State University Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research 1/31/12 12/20/11
Marine Biological Laboratory REU, Arctic research  
University of Wisconsin-Madison REU, Plant-herbivore interactions and chemical ecology  
Wind Cave National Park Technicians, invasive plants 1/16/12 12/8/11
Auburn University REU, Warm-water Aquatic Ecology 1/15/12 9/27/11
University of California Los Angeles Marine science research in Bali for under-represented students 1/1/12 11/28/11
University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center REU, Summer Field Ecology and Environmental Science 11/14/11 11/8/11

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Archbold Biological Station: We seek an undergraduate research intern at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC) at Buck Island Ranch, Lake Placid, Florida. MAERC is a Division of Archbold Biological Station located on a 10,500-acre commercial cattle ranch, and is dedicated to long-term ecological research, education, and environmental stewardship. The intern will be expected to work for the agro-ecology research program for 20 hours per week and work on an independent project for 20 hours per week. The intern will assist with ongoing research and monitoring projects at MAERC, including projects in freshwater wetland ecology, ecosystem services, and long-term monitoring of ecological communities and water quality. The successful candidate should have a B.S in biology, ecology or related field and have some field research experience. We seek a highly motivated team player with a strong work ethic who is capable of rigorous fieldwork under hot, humid subtropical conditions, and is willing to live in a remote rural location. This position includes a $100 per week stipend paid bi-monthly with gratis room and board provided on site. The approximate term is from March 1 - August 31, 2012. Internships are expected to last between 6 and 10 months. Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references by Feb 13 to: Dr. Betsey Boughton at eboughton@archbold-station.org. Position will remain open until filled. For further information contact Dr. Boughton via e-mail or at (863) 699-0242. Posted: 1/19/12.

Auburn University: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with Auburn University faculty (Fisheries, Biology, and Forestry) to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop projects on a variety of disciplines, including community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, population modeling, conservation, molecular biology, and microbiology. The program will run from May 20 to July 29, 2012 (10 weeks). To stay up-to-date with the 2012 selection process and to learn about last summer's program, check us out on Facebook. Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors graduating no earlier than December 2012 are encouraged to apply. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($4,500) plus food and housing, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for research expenses. Application: For full consideration, on-line applications and supporting recommendation letters must be received by 15 January 2012. For more information visit the REU Site or contact Alan Wilson at wilson@auburn.edu Posted: 9/27/11.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Translational Ecology: Independent Research in Ecology for Undergraduates. Ten undergraduate students will join the Cary Institute (Millbrook, New York) research community in 2012 to: * Complete a research project of their own design. * Be a part of an exciting research community. * Work closely with leading ecologists. * Exchange ideas with a diverse group of students, scientists and educators. * Have access to state of the art facilities. * Explore ecology career options and rewards. * Build skills and gain practice in connecting ecological research to policy/management, communication and education. * See how ecological research has an impact on our society. The program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology. Dates: May 29 to August 17, 2012 (12 weeks) Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. $6,000 stipend, plus $600 allowance for food and free housing in Bacon Flats Lodge. Some assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. Projects for 2012: * Microbial processes in urban ecosystems. * What, if anything, controls tick populations and tick-borne disease? * Effects of alternative road de-icers on ecosystems. * Urbanization and vectors of human disease * Ecosystem responses to an introduced pest in hemlock forests. * Investigating people's ideas about ecosystems * Songbird Behavioral Ecology: How do veeries use their songs for mate choice and territory defense? * The impact of synthetic compounds on stream ecosystem function * Enhancing the ecological function of Hudson River shore zones. * Biomass scaling of the effects of ecosystem engineering by organisms. Apply online only at http://www.caryinstitute.org/reu.html. Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2012. Posted: 2/1/12.

Central Michigan University: We are offering a 10 week undergraduate research experience at our Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems. Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 4 – August 10, 2012, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. More information on potential projects and the online application. Applications are due by Friday, March 23, 2012, with the final selection of participants expected by April 13. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to jessica.lapp@cmich.edu or by phone to 989-774-4401. Posted: 2/15/12.

Chicago Botanic Garden: 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 summer 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, REU, or co-op for those interested in field biology or conservation research. 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://echinaceaProject.org/opportunities/ or contact Stuart Wagenius. Applications will be reviewed starting 29 February 2012. Posted: 1/23/12.

Chicago Botanic Garden: This summer, the Chicago Botanic Garden and partner institutions will host 10 NSF-REU interns (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) conducting research under the broad theme of PLANT BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, from genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry. Potential projects include work in soil ecology, systematics, reproductive biology, biogeochemistry, restoration ecology, pollinator ecology, and other fields. Students will gain laboratory and field experience, participate in professional development activities, help mentor high-school student researchers, and enjoy a fun social environment. Participants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduates after summer 2012. They will receive a stipend of $4,750 and room and board at a local college. Costs of travel to and from Chicago will be covered. We encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and students who have limited research opportunities at their home institutions. The application deadline is January 31, 2012, and the 10-week program will run from June 11-August 17, 2012. We invite interested undergraduates to find more information and apply at http://www.cbgreu.org. Questions can be directed to info@cbgreu.org. Posted: 12/22/11.

Colorado State University: Undergraduate Research Experience Studentship in Soil Isotope Ecology Spring and Fall 2012. We are seeking an undergraduate research assistant to participate in a study investigating the dynamics of C and N from leaf litter to the soil and atmosphere by the use of isotopic techniques. The research involves the development of an established laboratory method to extract amino sugars (proxies for microbial-derived organic matter) from soils and analyze them for their specific isotopic composition. Further, this method will be applied at our study site at the Konza tall grass prairie, to trace C and N dynamics from litter to microbial residues, and their fate in the soil with respect to soil depth and physico-chemical stabilization. This study will enhance our understanding of the microbial contribution to litter-C and N stabilization in SOM. The student will be involved in the development and application of the method to extract amino sugars from the soil and analyze their 15N and 13C values by a gas chromatography-combustion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer at the EcoCore analytical facility. The student will be mentored by Dr. Francesca Cotrufo and Dr. Karolien Denef, and will also be an integral part of Dr. Cotrufo's research group participating in lab meetings and discussions. This will be a most valuable educational experience for an undergraduate student, who will have great opportunities for high-quality interactions with scientists, from faculty to graduate students. The selected student will receive a studentship of $4000, for 16 weeks of work, during the Spring and Fall semesters 2012. The proposed stipend support is aligned with the suggested NSF rate ($250 a week). The student will be encouraged to present results from this work at suitable venues and conferences. The scholarship recipient shall: 1. Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time and majoring in relevant disciplines; 2. Demonstrate an interest in soil ecology research; 3. Demonstrate outstanding academic credentials with an aptitude for research. Analytical skills and previous experience working with soils and/or coursework on soil science, ecology, or environmental science is preferred. If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Francesca Cotrufo (francesca.cotrufo@colostate.edu) or Dr. Karolien Denef (karolien.denef@colostate.edu). For application please send: 1) a letter stating your interest; 2) your resume and 3) the names and contact information of two references. Deadline for application is February 3rd. Posted: 1/26/12.

Florida International University: We seek a highly motivated undergraduate to fill a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in coral reef ecology. The successful applicant will work with Drs. Deron Burkepile and Rebecca Vega Thurber to conduct experiments on coral-algal-bacteria interactions on coral reefs in the Florida Keys. This position is for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career or graduate studies in Marine Sciences. The successful candidate will live and work in Key Largo in the Florida Keys and gain basic field and laboratory research skills in coral reef ecology and microbiology. The primary responsibility of the student will be to conduct experiments on how competition with macroalgae changes the composition of the bacterial community on coral surfaces. There will be ample opportunities to participate in other projects studying herbivore foraging behavior, coral predation, and nutrient dynamics on coral reefs. Eligibility: Applications are invited from undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in biology, microbiology, and environmental sciences. Students cannot have graduated at the time of the fellowship. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should have a classroom/laboratory background in ecology and marine biology. Experience working on coral reefs and/or with microbiological techniques is preferred. Applicants MUST be certified SCUBA divers with at least 20 logged dives. Certification with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) is highly preferred. The position runs May 28-August 17, 2012. Stipends of $5,500 will be provided for the 12-week full-time program. In addition, students will be provided housing at no cost. Students from outside the South Florida area may also apply for travel assistance. This position is funded by the NSF Biological Oceanography Program. Applicants will need to submit: 1) Cover letter briefly stating background and interests; 2) College transcripts of all completed work; 3) Two letters of recommendation; 4) A statement of career goals and research interests; and 5) Evidence of SCUBA diving and/or AAUS certification. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file to Dr. Deron Burkepile (deron.burkepile@fiu.edu). Application deadline is April 20, 2012. Posted: 4/3/12.

Georgetown University: The Wimp Lab is seeking an REU participant to examine the effects of nutrient runoff on plant productivity and decomposition in an intertidal salt marsh. Wetlands in general and intertidal salt marshes in particular are increasingly thought to play an important role in global carbon sequestration. However, anthropogenic inputs of nitrogen to these systems may not only alter plant production, but plant decomposition if lower carbon/nitrogen ratios in plant tissues alter rates of microbial processing. This project will therefore examine how nitrogen inputs affect production and decomposition in one of the dominant plants found in the intertidal salt marsh using a combination of surveys and field experiments. Participants will be involved with every aspect of the project, including: experimental design, field data collection, sample processing, as well as analyzing and interpreting results. This study is part of a much larger project to examine the long-term impacts of nutrient loading on salt marsh communities and food web structure. Our lab will cover the cost of travel to and from the field site in Tuckerton, New Jersey, as well as travel expenses for the student to present their findings at a professional meeting. Previous research experience is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for ecology and an interest in field research experience are essential. We will provide a stipend to assist with living expenses in the Washington, D.C. area ($600/week for 10 weeks). Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a college/university and must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, 2) a CV, 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript, and 4) the names and e-mail addresses of two academic references to Dr. Gina Wimp (gmw22@georgetown.edu). Posted: 3/5/12.

Georgia Tech: We will be hosting 10 NSF-REU participants this summer, focusing loosely on the theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology. Our program website includes program details, application process, and contact information. Our research theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology has 3 core areas of research from which students can choose: Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems; Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication; Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments. This program is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in any field of biology, chemistry, earth/ocean science, civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, and related bioengineering areas who want to apply their classroom learning to an interdisciplinary research environment to solve complex scientific problems and learn about the importance of chemically-mediated processes. The application deadline is February 15, 2012. The full-time, 10-week program will start in late May and run until the end of July. Participants will receive a stipend of $4500 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program is eligible, unless they have already been part of an NSF-REU program in Ocean Sciences or unless they will graduate before this summer. We are particularly interested in increasing our proportion of minority students and in reaching students at non-PhD granting universities. Posted: 12/16/11.

Harvard University: Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 35 undergraduate students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research for 11 weeks during the summer of 2012. Each student will participate in an ongoing study with senior researchers from Harvard, the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Lab, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and other collaborators. Responsibilities generally include field and laboratory studies, data analysis, and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly research seminars given by nationally known scientists, workshops on research and ecological ethics, and career and graduate school panels. At the end of the summer, students will develop their research results and present their fi ndings at a student research symposium. Harvard Forest research focuses on the dynamics of forest ecosystems and their response to natural and human disturbances. While some summer projects involve a single mentor and student, there are several interdisciplinary group projects. These consist of 2 or 3 students working collaboratively with 2 or 3 mentors as a single team. Project areas include population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, conservation management, statistics and modeling, microbial biology, biogeochemistry, and ecophysiology. Projects in summer 2012 will focus on: Invasive Plants, Pests & Pathogens; Conservation Management and Biodiversity; Plant Biology, Population and Community Ecology; Watershed and Aquatic Ecology; Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchanges; Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change; Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics; Ecological Informatics & Modeling. Compensation: Students are paid a stipend of $5,500 for the 11-week session which runs from May 21 through August 3, 2012. Excellent on-site housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided. We seek a diverse group of students from a variety of undergraduate programs across the country. Students should have a demonstrated interest in ecology but are not required to have previous fi eld/lab experience and there is no minimum GPA required. We accept students from all class years and majors, and are particularly interested in recruiting students from community colleges and small teaching schools, as well as larger research institutions. To Apply: Visit Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology for project descriptions and our on-line application. Application Deadline is Friday, February 3rd, 2012. Posted: 1/12/12.

Hofstra University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2012 to study Lyme disease ecology with Drs. Russell Burke (Hofstra) and Rick Gerhold (University of Tennessee). The project will investigate blacklegged tick host-preferences for introduced Italian wall lizards compared to native lizards and investigate wall lizard competency as Borrelia burgdorferi reservoirs. The REU student will join two labs of graduate and undergraduate students working on an NSF-funded project focused on understanding the factors that control Lyme Disease (LD) transmission. These labs are part of a larger team investigating the ecology and biology of LD ticks and their vertebrate hosts at sites in central and eastern U.S. using field data and molecular and modeling tools, to produce a more informed understanding of the ecological and evolutionary basis for the apparent rarity of infected vector ticks in the South. The REU student will conduct two related projects. First, at Hofstra, he/she will study the host-preferences of tick nymphs on native lizard hosts, wall lizard hosts, and small mammal hosts. Then the student will travel to University of Tennessee to investigate the competency of wall lizards as Borrelia burgdorferi reservoirs. The student will collect blood from lizards to set up tests to determine B. burgdorferi infection. This experience will include some field work, some behavioral work in a laboratory setting, and some bench lab work. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, meticulous, careful, work well in a team setting, and be interested in pursuing a career in science. The start date is flexible, but preference will be given to a student available June and July 2012. The REU student will earn a stipend ($500/week for 10 weeks) and receive additional support for lodging in both locations, and travel between Long Island and Knoxville. The REU student will be invited to attend a relevant professional meeting with one of the labs in a subsequent year. Interested students are encouraged to apply by March 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible). Students from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences and students from smaller institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should be sent to biorlb@hofstra.edu and should include: unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for three academic references, CV or resume indicating relevant experience, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research experience (if any). Please confirm in your statement that you meet each eligibility requirement above (e.g., citizenship, enrolled in college, available for 10-12 weeks during the summer). For more information, or questions, please contact: Dr. Russell Burke (Russell.L.Burke@hofstra.edu), Department of Biology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. Posted: 2/6/12.

Hubbard Brook LTER: The Hubbard Brook LTER site currently has two Research Experience for Undergraduate positions available for the summer of 2012, in topics relating to tree physiological ecology and hydrology. Both positions will be embedded with teams of researchers working on related, but somewhat distinct, projects, so REU students will gain exposure to a variety of research projects while developing independent projects of their own. This program is conducted with National Science Foundation funding that provides students with a $5,000 stipend, room and board, and an allowance to cover supplies and travel to and from site. This 10-week program begins Tuesday, May 29 and ends Tuesday, August 7. Applications are due by 5pm, March 2. Applicants must be US citizens. More information and to apply. Deadline: 3/2/12. Posted: 2/23/12.

Iowa State University: The lab of Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel is looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduates to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Biogeosciences at Iowa State. The REU positions will be part of larger projects investigating soil nutrients, microbial processes, greenhouse gas emissions, soil run-off, root growth and architecture, and plant community production within conventional agricultural and next generation biomass systems. The proposed projects will contrast components of soil microbial communities in perennial biomass and traditional agricultural cropping systems and relate them to biogeochemical cycling. The student will participate in field work as well as extensive lab work, including soil sampling, soil structural analysis, and laboratory analysis of soil microbial community function. Also, the student will gain interdisciplinary experience using techniques from biogeochemistry, molecular biology, microbial and ecosystem ecology. Students with course and/or lab and field work experience in ecology, molecular biology, and/or chemistry are highly encouraged to apply. The REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and provides student researchers with a $4000 stipend for the 10-week program. The program runs May 29-August 3, 2012, but start and end dates are flexible. Students will have access to on-campus resources and facilities at Iowa State, including recreational facilities (e.g., the Lied Recreational Center), computing facilities, the library, and the student health facility. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and a citizen of the US. Interested students should contact Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel (khof@iastate.edu). Applications are due March 16, 2012. Posted: 2/6/12, revised: 3/2/12.

Kansas State University: invites applicants for a 10-week REU Summer Program. The focus of the program is on the mechanistic understanding of ecological and evolutionary responses to short- and long-term responses to changing environments. Research projects will address biological patterns observed in changing environments by examining underlying genetic, developmental, physiological, or ecological mechanisms. The program is hosted by the Ecological Genomics Institute, Konza Prairie Biological Station, and the Division of Biology at K-State. Over 30 faculty from the Division of Biology and Departments of Entomology, Geography, and Plant Pathology will serve as potential mentors. Participants will learn modern approaches in ecology and evolutionary biology, attend professional development seminars, travel to important ecological sites and genomic centers in Kansas and Missouri, and have two opportunities to present their research. The program covers costs of accommodations and meals. Participants will also receive a generous 10-week stipend. The deadline for applications is the 1st of March 2012. More information is available by visiting http://www.ksu.edu/reu or by contacting the PIs (Dr. Bruce A. Snyder and Dr. Theodore J. Morgan) at biologyreu@ksu.edu. Posted: 1/19/12.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: LUMCON invites undergraduates to apply for our NSF-sponsored, 2012 REU program in Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Changing Coastal Environments. We are recruiting highly motivated undergraduates from around the country interested in gaining hands-on research experience. Successful applicants will receive a $5000 stipend, room and board at the Marine Center, funds to support transportation to and from LUMCON, and research and small boat use funds. Each student will spend ten weeks (May 28th – August 3rd) at LUMCON conducting independent research projects with guidance from scientific mentors/mentor teams while interacting with peers participating in other aspects of LUMCON’s summer field program. Each student is paired with a scientific mentor based on mutual research interests. Areas of research for this summer include biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, coastal geology, coastal hypoxia, wetland science, ecosystem ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, phytoplankton ecology, and Gulf Oil Spill impacts. The program is open to current undergraduates (typically rising juniors and seniors) who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students from underrepresented groups in science, from small colleges, and first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 27. See the link above for more information about the program and application materials. Prospective applicants may also send questions to reu@lumcon.edu. Posted: 1/17/12, revised: 2/22/12.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The MBL Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for summer research fellowships (REU) in watershed and estuarine ecosystems in Massachusetts. Fellowships are sponsored by the Plum Island Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research program. 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 college seniors). REU participants are expected to start the program in early June and work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2012. 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, postdocs, 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. Accommodations are provided at the field station during field work studies. 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 in marine environments, primarily intertidal setting 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). Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/24/12.

Marine Biological Laboratory: seeking applicants for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of excess nutrients on salt marshes in the Plum Island Estuary, MA. 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). The student will be immersed in an active research environment and interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists. The student will work closely with a mentor to develop and conduct a research project based on their interests during this 10-week program. Possible research areas include population ecology, plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, biogeochemical cycling, and community ecology. The student is expected to present their findings at MBL's Young Scientist Meeting in August in Woods Hole. Housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA. Qualifications: 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. Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required. Unofficial transcripts are required documents, but may be uploaded with your application package or faxed to Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference the position title and posting number. APPLY ONLINE AT: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 1/31/12.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. 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). 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. In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically engage in a small 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 at least two REU positions during the 2012 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 is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Qualifications: 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. Please do not ask referees to send unsolicited letters; these will be requested by us for final candidates only. 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 at https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 1/30/12.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: North Biological Monitoring Unit, Brainerd, MN. We are looking for qualified students to assist with aquatic biomonitoring surveys on rivers and streams in northern Minnesota. Job duties include: collecting and identifying stream fishes, collecting stream macroinvertebrates, collecting water chemistry samples, conducting qualitative and quantitative habitat surveys. Preferred qualifications include: experience in field identification of stream fishes (to the species level), experience conducting stream habitat inventories or surveys, and the ability to work well with others in small and medium-sized field crews. Position requires extensive travel across northern Minnesota, and the willingness to stay overnight (in motels) for up to three nights per week. Candidates must be enrolled in a science related program working on a 2- or 4-year degree with coursework in biology, ichthyology, water chemistry, aquatic biology, or related field. Pay: $12.21/hr. Motel lodging provided during work week, plus meal expense reimbursement. Dates: Early June to late August. The position will be based out of Brainerd, but will require extensive travel throughout northern Minnesota. Brainerd is located just north of the geographical center of Minnesota. Applications accepted via http://www.careers.state.mn.us/. See the position description. Applications accepted through March 9, 2012. Questions: john.sandberg@state.mn.us, 218-316-3913. Posted: 2/2/12.

New Mexico State University: The Jornada Basin LTER has openings for 1-2 motivated students under the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Undergraduate researchers will contribute to the implementation of a new cross-scale interactions experiment at the LTER, and their efforts will play a key role in enhancing our understanding of the ecological patterns and processes governing shrub encroachment and grassland remediation in the Chihuahuan Desert. The students will work with Dr. Finn Pillsbury from New Mexico State University and the JRN LTER, assisting in the installation of experimental manipulations and collection of field data on various biotic and abiotic properties, including dust deposition, belowground gas exchange, and vegetation structure. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and gain experience collecting data from numerous sources, including remote sensing, field measurements, and automated sensors. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of a large, long-term ecological experiment that covers multiple disciplines, focuses on multiple spatial scales, and has the involvement of investigators from a number of institutions. A stipend and housing at the LTER site are provided. The positions run from mid-May to mid-August, but start and end dates are flexible. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident working toward a bachelor’s degree. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a CV with contact information for two references to Dr. Finn Pillsbury, fcp@nmsu.edu. Posted: 4/24/12.

Ohio State University: 2012 Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program (May 29-August 17, 2012). The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts - each including a mix of educational and social experiences: - A high quality two-week program at MBI (at Ohio State) designed to introduce students to a variety of areas in mathematical biology. - A personalized eight week research experience (at one of the seven partner universities) that allows students to delve in depth in a particular topic. - A one-week conference at MBI featuring student reports on their projects. To receive full consideration, completed applications must be received by January 31, 2012. Complete description and application. Posted: 12/20/11.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology: A National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates position is available for one undergraduate student this summer (June-August 2013) at the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon. The REU student will live at OIMB and work in Dr. Alan Shanks’ laboratory and field sites near Charleston for the full 10 weeks. The intern will work with Dr. Alan Shanks and his graduate students to sample zooplankton (including larvae) and take physical oceanographic data in nearshore waters from small boats. The team will also monitor settlement on intertidal rocks to examine how nearshore currents affect the delivery of larvae to their intertidal adult habitats. Requirements: Intern must be willing to work on small boats for long hours, occasionally in inclement weather. The intern must be able to carry heavy equipment, haul in nets, and be willing to help launch the zodiac from the beach, and should not be easily seasick. Accessing intertidal field sites often require climbing down steep trails and over boulders. We have found that past interns with hiking, boating, sailing, surfing, climbing, or other outdoor or water sport experience have been ideal candidates for the fieldwork in our lab. Must be U.S. citizen full time student in spring and fall 2012. Candidates will be required to live at the OIMB field station for 10 weeks from early June to mid August. Housing and meals in field station dorms will be provided. Transportation to and from OIMB will be provided at the beginning and end of the internship. The intern will receive a stipend of $4500 for the 10 weeks. Applications will be accepted immediately. Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 30 or earlier. To Apply: Send (or email) a cover letter, resume or CV, copy of transcripts (unofficial is fine), names, address, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references to: Marley Jarvis at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, PO Box 5389, Charleston, OR 97420. Emailed applications (all attachments sent in one email please) are accepted and highly encouraged: marley@uoregon.edu. Clearly indicate the REU position in the subject of the email. Posted: 4/2/12.

Oregon State University: Undergraduate Research Assistant will work on a project looking at community assembly of fungal endophytes in coastal dune grasses in Oregon. Research focuses on how abiotic and biotic dune conditions determine in planta endophyte communities. Research Assistant will develop an independent project related to the community ecology of dune grass endophytes. In addition, the student will learn to conduct dune surveys, field collections, and culturing in the lab. The position is funded through the Introduced Species and Genotypes IGERT at the University of Minnesota. This opportunity will allow a motivated student to gain valuable field and lab research experience. Dates: May 2012 – August 2012 (some flexibility). Salary: $4500 stipend plus living expenses. Requirements: Current undergraduate majoring in biology, ecology, environmental studies, microbiology, or related field. Previous research experience in botany, mycology, general field ecology or labwork helpful but not required. Ability to work independently and in groups is required. Application procedures: (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume or CV, and (3) Names and contact information for two professional references should be sent via email to Aaron David(david250@umn.edu). Posted: 4/6/12.

Oregon State University: We seek applicants for an REU position on a long-term study of plant and animal phenology at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Central Cascades of Oregon. This study attempts to understand the influence of microclimate heterogeneity on phenology and trophic responses to change in climate and disturbance. The REU student will test the use of timelapse cameras to study canopy phenology across a large forested watershed and will investigate relationships between microclimate and phenology. The participant will also work as part of a team observing and collecting plants and insects at plots distributed across topographic and vegetation gradients. This position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in ecology, natural history or forestry to gain valuable field research experience. The 10-week REU position will begin before the end of May, with some flexibility in start date. The REU student will be housed at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre ‘living laboratory’ representative of forest and stream ecosystems in the western cascades. With a 60-year research history and large tracts of old-growth and mature forest, the Andrew Forest provides students with unparalleled opportunities to deepen understanding of forest ecology. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet. The region provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is widely considered among the most scenic in the country. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided. Candidates should have a strong interest in field research and a demonstrated enthusiasm for spending long hours outdoors in relatively remote locations under any and all weather conditions. A valid driver’s license is required, and experience driving on dirt roads would be beneficial. Prior field research experience is highly desirable. The participant must be capable of working effectively within a team, as well as functioning independently. To apply: send a letter of interest, resume and contact information (email and phone number) for three references to Mark Schulze at mark.schulze@oregonstate.edu. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mark Schulze via email or phone 541-822-6336. Posted: 2/2/12.

Radford University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2012 to study disease ecology in aquatic freshwater communities with Drs. Jeremy Wojdak (Radford University) and Lisa Belden (Virginia Tech). The REU student will join a lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on an NSF-funded project focused on understanding the biotic factors that control trematode parasite transmission. The trematode we study first infects an aquatic snail host, then snails and amphibians as secondary intermediate hosts, and finally infects muskrats (among other organisms) as its definitive host. Thus, the REU student will gain experience with a number of diverse taxa. The student will work as part of our team at field sites and conducting mesocosm field experiments and lab studies, and will also be expected to develop his/her own independent research project. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, dedicated, careful, work well in a team setting, and be interested in pursuing a career in science. The start date is flexible, but preference will be given to a student available mid-May through August 2010. The REU student will earn a stipend of $400/week for 12 weeks and receive additional support for lodging ($1000), travel expenses ($500), and their research. The REU student will be invited to attend the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting with our group in a subsequent year. Interested students are encouraged to apply by March 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university (i.e. recent graduates are ineligible). Students from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences and students from smaller institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should be sent to jmwojdak@radford.edu and should include: unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for three academic references, CV / resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and previous research experience (if any). Please confirm in your statement that you meet each eligibility requirement above (e.g., citizenship, enrolled in college, available for 10-12 weeks during the summer). For more information please contact Dr Wojdak. Posted: 2/1/12.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Registration for RMBL's 2012 undergraduate research program is now open. Each year RMBL matches approximately 40 students with mentors from around the world. Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects. Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in field ecology, wildlife biology, or botany. RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students. RMBL also makes available additional scholarships. Consequently financial need should not preclude students from applying. This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences. RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies. Because we host approximately 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world. Many undergraduates end up as co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime. We have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project, even though they have not necessarily had someone from their school present at RMBL during the summer. Our program does fill. Consequently we encourage strongly motivated applicants, or applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by March 4. Posted: 12/15/11.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: Environmental Internship Opportunities for summer 2012 SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center's professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. How to Apply: Application consists of a registration form, transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system at: For more information please visit http://www.serc.si.edu/pro_training/. Deadline is February 1st. Posted: 1/18/12.

SUNY-ESF: The Horton lab is soliciting applications for an REU position for the summer of 2012. The main project, entitled "Determinants of ectomycorrhizal fungal spread and its relation to Pinaceae invasion," is a collaboration between Martin Nuñez (UTK), Daniel Simberloff (UTK) and Tom Horton. The project aims to investigate the limitations imposed on the spread of non-native Pinaceae in southern Argentina by a need for codispersal with its obligate symbionts. The student will travel to Isla Victoria, Rio Negro province, Argentina, where he or she will assist in setting up a spore dispersal monitoring experiment, harvest mycorrhizas from running experiments, and assist in installing other experiments at the field site. The student will also initiate an independent project investigating the role of Frankia-Alnus mutualisms in limiting invasion by introduced alders. The student will spend the rest of the summer in Syracuse, NY, where he or she will be trained in basic molecular techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, RFLP, sequence analysis, and phylogenetic analysis. The student will be encouraged to continue the Frankia-Alnus project at his or her undergraduate institution. The student will receive a stipend of ~$1000 a month while in Syracuse; travel to and from the field site and a per-diem while in Argentina is also included. Experience with molecular methodology, a strong interest in mycology, and basic Spanish language skills preferred. Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to Jeremy Hayward (haywardjeremya@gmail.com) no later than March 15, 2012. Feel free to contact Jeremy with questions, either by email (preferred) or at 303-903-1820. Posted: 3/5/12.

Texas A&M University: is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by NSF for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud forest in central Costa Rica. Specifically, the REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in: 1.Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand 2.Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow 3.Meteorology and climatology: spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, evapotranspiration and boundary layer structure from the scale of an individual stand to the entire watershed 4.Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil 5.Biogeography: distribution and structure of forest vegetation at various scales in the watershed. Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend. Further information about the program can be found at http://costaricareu.tamu.edu/ and see also the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. Posted: 1/12/12.

Texas A&M University: The Department of Entomology at would like to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the 2012 cohort for the NSF-funded REU-EXCITE (EXpanding sCientific Investigation Through Entomology) program. This 10-week, research-intensive program takes places in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University under the direction of Dr. Kevin Heinz. Applicants have an array of research projects from which to choose based on their interest area(s). Potential research projects, application information, instructions and deadlines, as well as previous cohort information, can be found on the REU-EXCITE website. Students selected for participation will receive a stipend, admission to TAMU as a non-degree seeking student and registration in one (1) credit hour of research, subsistence, and travel support to and from College Station, as well as access to TAMU student services. Interested applicants may contact Rebecca Hapes, REU-EXCITE Coordinator (rhapes@tamu.edu) or Dr. Kevin Heinz, REU-EXCITE PI (kheinz@ag.tamu.edu). Application Deadline March 2, 2012. Posted: 12/9/11.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Applications are now being taken for the Summer Undergraduate Research Focus-Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries REU. Applications will be accepted through April 13. Visit http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/surf/ for information about the program, eligibility, and to apply. Posted: 4/5/12.

US Geological Survey: Wetland Biogeochemist/Geomorphologist Research Technician, Reston VA. Looking to be part of a research team working in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? Looking for experience in a wide variety of ecological, biogeochemical, and geomorphic research? Looking to hone your research skills in the field and in the laboratory? The Wetland Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab of the US Geological Survey is hiring a full-time, temporary technician to be a part of our team during the summer of 2012. The technician will assist with research on how sea level rise and land use change affect transport of sediment and nutrients from watersheds to estuaries. Job duties include collecting sediment core samples, managing environmental monitoring equipment, and performing surveys of river and floodplain morphology. In the laboratory, the technician will process and characterize sediment samples for a variety of parameters, including chemical analysis of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus and preparation of samples for isotope analysis. Field work will involve travel by small boat to sites in Maryland and Virginia. The position is based in Reston, Virginia at the USGS National Center. Applicants must demonstrate careful and precise laboratory practices and have completed introductory coursework in chemistry and/or geology. The applicant should be comfortable working in remote settings in hot conditions, lifting loads of 50 lbs, and traversing challenging terrain by foot. The applicant must be enrolled at least half time and have completed at least two years as undergraduate student in a degree-granting institution. Please send your resume and transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) with names of two references to Dr. Scott Ensign (sensign@usgs.gov); application must be submitted by 10 March 2012 and a successful candidate will be chosen by 1 April 2012. Applicants should be available to begin work by 1 June 2012 for a period of approximately 8 weeks. This is a GS-4 position with an hourly wage of $14.59; the position does not include health benefits. Posted: 2/13/12.

University of Alaska Anchorage: The Department of Biological Sciences is accepting applications for the Summer of 2012. This is a 10 week program, running from May 27 to August 3. The application deadline is February 10, 2012. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects ranging from the molecular level to the ecosystem level, with potential research questions addressing terrestrial, marine, and/or freshwater species and habitats. Round-trip travel to Anchorage, housing and a stipend (TBA) are included. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/reu/. Posted: 1/13/12.

University of Arizona: Summer Research Opportunities For Undergraduates In Tucson, Arizona. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is an NSF-sponsored program that provides undergraduates a summer stipend to conduct independent research projects in conjunction with NSF funded projects under the mentorship of the projectfs senior investigators. Who is eligible? Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. What is expected? Students will develop an independent research project in conjunction with an ongoing collaborative research project at the University of Arizona conducted by Dr. Steve Archer and Dr. David Breshears. Students will summarize their findings in a written report and present their research in an oral or poster presentation during the Fall Semester of 2011. What is the starting date? Flexible, but mid-to late-May 2012 is preferred. How much is the stipend? Up to $6,000 at $500 per week. How do I apply? go to http://ag.arizona.edu/research/archer/ Application deadline March 15, 2012 or until suitable candidate found. What is the research about? Decomposition, the breakdown of dead plant and animal material, is a fundamental process that cycles nutrients and carbon through ecosystems. Most of what is known about decomposition comes from studies in high rainfall areas, but this knowledge does not translate well to dryland ecosystems. Decomposition affects long-term soil fertility and carbon storage and therefore plays an important part in determining the role of drylands in the global carbon cycle. Recent studies suggest that ultraviolet radiation and mixing of eroded soils with litter are important drivers influencing dryland decomposition. Our research tests the importance of these drivers. We hypothesize that the formation of this soil-litter matrix is determined by wind and water erosion and that once it develops the role of ultraviolet radiation is mediated. REU students will interact with collaborators at New Mexico State University (Dr. Heather Throop), Loyola University (Dr. Paul Barnes) and the University of Kentucky (Dr. Rebecca McCulley). For more information visit: Decomposition in Drylands: Soil Erosion and UV Interactions. Posted: 1/19/12.

University of California Los Angeles: For the eighth consecutive year, we will be running The Diversity Project, an NSF funded research opportunity designed to increase participation of under-represented undergraduate students in the marine sciences. In collaboration between UCLA and Old Dominion University, students will integrate hands-on field research in the Coral Triangle with cutting edge genetic research. The Coral Triangle PIRE Project will explore the origins marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle in an effort to improve conservation of this remarkable ecosystems. Students are fully funded for both living and travel expenses. This year our destination is Bali, Indonesia. See the project link above for more information and on-line application. This research opportunity has been a remarkable personal and professional experience for the students who have participated. Applications are due January 1, 2012. For further information, please contact Dr. Paul Barber (paulbarber@ucla.edu). Posted: 11/28/11.

University of California, Santa Barbara: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open for one student at the Marine Science Institute. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the use of particulate organic matter by marine suspension feeders. The main objective of the project is to determine the relative importance of phytoplankton and kelp detritus to the diet of benthic suspension feeders on rocky reefs off the California coast. The student will learn ecological and biochemical methods to explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer. Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the student will be provided with a $500/week stipend for living expenses. This is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside the program must be approved. You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor's degree, and you will still be an undergraduate in the fall after the summer program. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials, preferably in one PDF or Word file, to Robert Miller (miller@msi.ucsb.edu). You may also send all application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Robert Miller, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 21, 2012. Posted: 3/28/12.

University of California, Santa Barbara: The D’Antonio Lab is seeking an undergraduate student interested in research to participate in a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant for summer 2012. The REU student will be part of a larger research project examining the long-term impacts of invasive grasses in dry forests of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the potential for restoration of sites degraded by grass invasions and fire. Invasive non-native plants can exert strong effects on ecosystems, but long term studies of impacts are rare. This project involves studying the impacts of African grasses on soil nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and growth of native and non-native plants in sites on the island of Hawai’i that were invaded by exotic grasses in the 1980s and studied by the D’Antonio lab in the 1990s. Current work involves soil sampling and plant productivity surveys to re-evaluate nitrogen budgets and N cycling rates 20 years after initial measurements and experimental evaluation of conditions that could promote native species growth in degraded sites. Towards that goal we have established a large seedling outplant experiment that evaluates the response of native and non-native woody species to different levels of soil N and competition with the African grasses. We seek a motivated undergraduate student to develop an independent project that fits into the larger scope of the research. Potential projects include (1) investigating remnant native seed banks in degraded, grass-invaded sites, (2) investigating soil quality associated with different potential ‘nurse plants’ for restoration of native species, (3) performing greenhouse studies to measure plant traits correlated with woody plant-seedling success in the outplanting experiment, or (4) investigations of C cycling to complement our N cycling work. The REU student will be expected to work with the PIs to learn the study system and design his/her independent study, gather data and prepare a final report. The project is based in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai’i (aka Big Island). The student will live in Volcano Village, Hawai’i, working closely with Drs. Stephanie Yelenik (post-doc on the project) and Carla D’Antonio as well as working with other assistants. A stipend of $400/week will be provided as well as housing and assistance with airfare if needed. Eligible candidates must be a US citizen/permanent resident and currently enrolled in a college/university. Prior field experience is not necessary although you must have taken a basic ecology course and you must be in good shape for hiking to field sites. The student will be expected to begin work June 4th and complete the internship August 15th. To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and any unique qualifications for it, 2) a CV or resume, 3) an unofficial copy of your college transcript, and 4) the names and e-mail addresses of two academic references to Stephanie Yelenik (stephanie.yelenik@lifesci.ucsb.edu) no later than April 1st, 2012. Posted: 3/12/12.

University of Florida: Research Experiences For Undergraduates (REU) in Systematic Biology. We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student with a particular interest in systematic biology to take part in an NSF-funded research project on the systematics of Neotropical butterflies. The student will gain experience in taxonomic methods, collections curation, comparative morphological and molecular study, phylogenetic analysis and potential co-authorship in a resulting publication. The student will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks full-time working on the project between June-December 2012, with hours somewhat flexible, and will receive a stipend. The project will take place at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. The student must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA and enrolled as an undergraduate student at a US institution throughout the period of the project (although not necessarily registered for classes). Application details and further information. Posted: 5/31/12.

University of Georgia: We seek a motivated student to participate in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) opportunity in stream ecology and nutrient criteria. Human land use continues to increase the loading of nutrients to inland waters. Streams draining landscapes that vary in land use (agricultural, suburban, urban) typically have distinct levels of nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) that correspond to the source of the nutrient pollution. The student will investigate the effects of nutrient loading on stream ecosystems and will contribute to a larger ongoing project that focuses on stream ecosystem responses to different enrichment N:P ratios (2:1 – 128:1) The student will work alongside a PhD student to help design and execute lab and field studies to measure algal and heterotrophic responses to varying substrate and water column N and P concentrations. The PI, postdoc and doctoral student will mentor the student through the collection and analysis of data, as well as the presentation and publication of results. This project is based out of the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and associated with the Coweeta LTER. As such, the student on this project will work in residence at Coweeta where they will interact with interns, other REU students, graduate students and faculty from various universities. The student will participate in the Coweeta LTER Summer Meeting, which includes a research symposium of talks by graduate students and faculty. Stipend will be $450/week for 9 weeks (June 11 – August 3, 2012), plus additional support for travel to Coweeta and research supplies. To apply, submit 1) a letter of interest including a description of prior research experience and career goals and 2) a current CV, including contact information for two references to Drs Amy Rosemond (rosemond@uga.edu) or John Kominoski (jkominoski@gmail.com). Posted: 2/1/12.

University of Hawaii: 2012 Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) Summer Program! The PIPES program includes internship opportunities with the: * University of Hawaii-Hawaiian Internship Program (UHHIP) * Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) * Micronesian and American Samoan Student Internship Program (MASSIP) The application deadline is Friday February 10th, 2012 and we are asking for your assistance in forwarding this information on to any students and colleagues who you may work with or think might be interested in taking advantage of these great opportunities! These programs offer undergraduate student internships that focus on environmental issues; mainly research and project-based internships opportunities in conservation sciences, resource management, and environmental education & outreach with Hawaii-based host agencies. PIPES is a collaborative effort made possible by support from the Hawaii IMUA EPSCoR effort and partnerships between university faculty, local, state, and federal government agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations. Through a PIPES experience, students gain valuable mentored hands-on experiences in which they gain further insight into Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources and the challenges Hawaii faces in conserving and protecting them. We have been offering student internships since 1994 and are looking forward to another successful summer! Eligibility Requirements: 1. Attending a college or university (anywhere in the United States); 2. Pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree in science, agriculture, or other degree with related coursework; 3. Full-time student in good academic standing (C average or better); and 4. Interested in pursuing a career related to preserving Hawaii’s environment, conservation or Hawaii’s natural resources, or teaching science while connecting efforts to culture and community. Selection is based on meeting these requirements as demonstrated through the application, academic record, skills, interests, successful interviews and how interests match with available internships. All applicants are welcome, and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders and other kama‘aina students are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, see http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhintern/. Posted: 1/13/12.

University of Illinois: The Dietze Ecological Forecasting lab is looking for 1 undergraduate student to fill a fully paid MacroSystems Biology NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates position. Travel, room/board, and stipend are provided. The student will receive hands-on training from team members in the Dietze Lab to work on improving forest ecology modeling, as part of the PalEON project and PEcAn. The majority of work will be conducted in Urbana-Champaign but there will be field research in northern Wisconsin near ChEAS eddy covariance tower locations. Interested applicants should email a CV to Bjorn Brooks, bjorn@climatemodeling.org. Posted: 6/25/12.

University of Maine: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the University of Maine and University of Concepción, Chile. During the Summer of 2012, the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute offers an opportunity for 10 highly qualified undergraduate students to participate in research for a 10 week period, 6/4 – 8/10/2012. Award Includes: • $5000 Stipend + On Campus Housing Provided • 2 of the 10 Students to Perform their Research in Chile • Week Long Research Experience & Exchange in Chile for all Students • Opportunity to Perform Research on Pressing Global Issues Relating to Sustainable Product Development and Biofuel Generation from Woody Biomass. Rolling deadline to 3/31/12. See Summer REU 2012 in Sustainable Forest Bioproducts for more information and to apply. Posted: 12/16/11.

University of Michigan: REU: Ant morphometrics and evolution. We are looking for a student to work on the analysis of ant morphology evolution in a phylogenetic context. The broader project is investigating the joint evolution of ant biodiversity in morphological, ecological, and geographic space. The summer student project will focus on 3-D imaging and quantification of ant morphology, and analyzing these data with project collaborators to test theories for how morphology evolves in space and time. In addition, there are opportunities to work with computer scientists in the engineering school on artificial intelligence and computer vision applications to biodiversity analysis. To apply, send a CV, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and have two references submit letters of recommendation directly by email. All materials and enquiries can be sent to pheidole.reu@gmail.com. Posted: 2/23/12.

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking one undergraduate student to assist on a project assessing the impact of emerald ash borer on forest structure and function in black ash-dominated wetlands in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project will utilize a large-scale manipulative field experiment to assess the response of vegetation communities and hydrology to mortality of black ash due to EAB and forest harvesting treatments. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology, and should have previous field experience. A working knowledge of tree and shrub identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, rain, etc.). Work will involve extensive field work, including vegetation and woody debris data. These positions begin early/mid June 2012 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be provided in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage $10-$12 depending on work experience. To apply, please send resumé (including a list of relevant courses taken), short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references to Alaina Berger (alberger@umn.edu) by May 31, 2012. Posted: 5/25/12.

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking an undergraduate student to assist on a project examining the response of second-growth northern hardwood systems to old-growth restoration treatments within northern Wisconsin. The student will join a team of collaborators from the UMN, USFS Northern Research Station, University of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin DNR to assess the influence of different levels of overstory disturbance and herbivory on tree regeneration and understory plants. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology, and should have previous field experience. A working knowledge of plant identification in north temperate forests is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, rain, etc.). Work will involve extensive field work collecting vegetation data. These positions begin late May/early June 2012 and end in late August and will be located in Woodruff, WI. Housing will be provided in Woodruff, WI. Hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. To apply, please send résumé (including a list of relevant courses taken), short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references to Dr. Tony D’Amato (damato@umn.edu) by April 30, 2012. Posted: 4/12/12.

University of Minnesota, Duluth: Project Baseline, a nationwide initiative to create a research-quality seedbank for the study of plant evolutionary processes, is recruiting an undergraduate to participate in supervised research as part of the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program for summer 2012. The successful candidate will work as part of a field team, collecting seeds, plant material and associated ecological data throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. In addition, they will apply geostatistical methods to sampling data in order to determine efficient plant population sampling schemas. The REU scholar will be expected to produce a final report on the results of their analyses by 31 October 2012. The ideal candidate will be a returning junior or senior in the environmental sciences with academic background in plant biology, ecology, statistics and geographic information systems. Applicants should be in good physical condition, and prepared for extensive travel and long days spent outdoors. The position is offered during the summer season, with a weekly stipend for a period of 10 weeks between June and August 2012. It will be based in Duluth, Minnesota. Applicant review will begin March 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. To Apply: By US Mail or email, send a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses and phone/email contact information for 3 references to: Karen Updegraff, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Department of Biology, 1035 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55182. email: kupdegra@d.umn.edu. Posted: 2/23/12.

University of Nevada, Reno: REU summer fellowship at UNR and Ecuador. We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated undergraduate student to participate in an NSF-funded project researching chemical ecology and evolution in tropical forests. The summer project will involve a combination of field work and lab work. Lab work will take place in a chemical ecology lab at UNR, working closely with the PIs (Smilanich, Dyer, Jeffrey, Forister) and current postdoc (Lora Richards). The field work will take place in an Ecuadorian cloud forest (Yanayacu Biology Station), working with a team of undergraduate and graduate students. The REU fellowship includes a living stipend, travel to Ecuador, and station fees. The position will start at the beginning of June and run through the end of July. To apply, please send the following: (1) CV including names and contact info for 2 references; and (2) cover letter stating your research interests. Send materials to: smilanich@gmail.com. Posted: 4/5/12.

University of New Mexico: The 2012 DataONE Summer Internship Program is now open for applications. A range of computing / community engagement projects are available including: Publish (data) or Perish: Best Practices for Creating, Reviewing, and Publishing Data Products Enriching the Content of the DMPTool for the DataONE Community A Portable Web Application for Data and Metadata Submission Querying Scientific Workflow Provenance Data Usage and Citation Visualization Evaluating the Feasibility of Using Bottom-Up Text Mining Approaches to Complement Thesaurus and Ontology-based Approaches for Supporting Data Discovery Enhancing Semantic Search in ONEMercury An Information Model for Observational Data within DataONE Components of Successful Metadata Registry Frameworks Developing a DaaS (Data as a Service) view of DataONE. Positions run for 10 weeks and interns will receive a stipend of $4500. Interns must be US residents or hold a valid work permit and be employed or enrolled at a US university or research institution. Deadline: March 12th. Posted: 2/27/12.

University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center: UNDERC offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2012. Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 6 credits/summer…and get paid $2,500/summer!! Applications due November 4th! UNDERC-East: (May 21 – July 27) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife (including wolves, black bear, deer) and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. UNDERC-West: (June 1 – August 10): Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn how Native Americans lived and how this created their environmental awareness, and conduct your own research. Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East). These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the wild. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year with four openings reserved for Native Americans. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Salary: Paid tuition (6-credits), housing, and $2,500 stipend. Additional information and applications are available at http://underc.nd.edu or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (mcramer@nd.edu) or Dr. Page Klug, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (pklug@nd.edu). Application deadline extended to Monday, November 14, 2011 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 3, 2011. Posted: 9/12/11, revised: 11/8/11.

University of Puerto Rico: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Undergraduate internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 28 to August 3, 2012. Application deadline: 28 February 2012. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Plant-animal interactions, Plant population biology - Aquatic Insect Ecology - Stream acidification effects on aquatic insects. Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 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 $600. The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station. The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2012 that are US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information. Posted: 12/15/11.

University of Tennessee: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its eight-week long summer research program for undergraduates (REU) interested in research at the interface between mathematics and biology. The program takes place June 11 -August 3, 2012 on the UT-Knoxville campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fieldswill live on campus and work in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to conduct research. Among this year's research topics are disease modeling, evolution of sexual imprinting, genome evolution, and development of natural plant pesticides. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel. Participants will also have their registration covered to attend the 2012 Society of Mathematical Biology annual meeting, July 25-28, in Knoxville. Application Deadline: February 17, 2012. For more information about this year's program and an online application, go to http://www.nimbios.org/education/reu. Posted: 12/16/11.

University of Texas at Austin: REU, Switchgrass Summer Research Program. Mentored independent research positions, to investigate the biology of switchgrass, funded through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, will be available at the University of Texas at Austin in Summer 2012. The program contributes to ongoing interdisciplinary work on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a potential biofuel crop, to future climate change. Participants will contribute as part of our research team, design and implement short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Participating Faculty are: Dr. Tom Juenger; Dr. Christine Hawkes; Dr. Tim Keitt. The ideal applicant will be in their sophomore or junior years of college, majoring in ecology, biology, genetics, or related disciplines and having strong credentials. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Each REU position is supported for ten weeks, with a stipend of $4,500 and the costs of UT dormitory housing and meal plan included in the program, which runs from the first week in June until the first week of August 2012. Some funds will be available towards the cost of travel to Austin. Fieldwork in hot and humid conditions will be required. Applicants must: 1) submit a cover letter describing experience, interests and future career plans along with a copy of transcripts; 2) ensure that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. Only applications that are complete on February 15 2012 will be considered. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to: Dr. Sam Taylor, samuel.taylor@mail.utexas.edu; mailing address: 1 University Station CO930, Austin, TX 78712. Posted: 11/28/11.

University of Vermont: Summer 2012 Undergraduate (REU) Scholar. The Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks applications from motivated persons who will help support ongoing ecological research projects located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Undergraduate (REU) Scholar: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. REU scholars will work closely with a senior mentor to identify a personal research project that advances the scholar’s knowledge of stream ecology, hydrology, and/or biogeochemistry in the arctic and contributes to the overall goals of the Arctic LTER Streams research program. REU scholars will continue to interact with their mentor after the summer field experience and are expected to produce a final report on their research project by 31 December 2012. Applicants may come from any field related to environmental sciences. The ideal REU Scholar candidate will be a returning senior student who has completed basic courses in biology, chemistry, math, and statistics and may have completed courses in general ecology, physics, biogeochemistry, hydrology, or related disciplines. 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. Maturity and self-motivation are essential. Wilderness or outdoor experience is highly desirable. Candidates should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Successful candidates will be offered a seasonal stipend. Applicant review will begin March 1 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 30. To Apply: Send a cover letter (or email), resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references to: Elissa Schuett at the Rubenstein Ecosystems Science Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401. E-mail: Elissa.Schuett@uvm.edu. We accept and encourage complete applications as attachments to an E-mail message. Clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered. Posted: 2/22/12.

University of Virginia: Mountain Lake Biological Station is pleased to announce its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 20th year. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. Learn more about the programs and apply on-line at http://www.mlbs.org/reuprogram. Deadline: 2/20/12. Posted: 1/6/12.

University of Washington, Seattle: REU: An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates summer fellowship is available to study the impacts of climate change on plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. The undergraduate researcher will work in Dr. HilleRisLambers lab (alongside postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates), with field work conducted at Mt. Rainier National Park. Broad research topics include the relationship between tree growth and climate, the determinants of range limits, plant-pollinator interactions as mediated by phenology, and the effects of climate and soil conditions on high elevation plants. The REU will contribute to this ongoing NSF funded research as well as execute in an independent research project on the importance of competition, facilitation and climate in determining the performance of subalpine fir (a tree species that determines treeline in many western Washington mountains). A stipend of $2000/month will be provided, with travel, housing and food while in the field covered. Dates: mid-June to mid-September (some flexibility). To be eligible, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in a related field. To apply, please 1) fill out an informational survey, where you will be asked to provide the name and contact information of two references; and 2) send a CV/resume and unofficial transcript to jhrl@uw.edu (with the words 2012 Summer REU position in the subject header). Review of applications will start April 17, with decisions made by early May. Posted: 4/10/12.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position to work on Lake Tanganyika, Africa. With support from the National Science Foundation, we are seeking an excellent undergraduate researcher to join our team working on Lake Tanganyika, Africa during summer 2012. The team is led by Drs. Peter McIntyre (University of Wisconsin) and Yvonne Vadeboncoeur (Wright State University). The overall project focuses on how climate change and fisheries affect ecosystem productivity and nutrient cycling along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika. Specific components include surveys of fish and invertebrate assemblages, measurements of primary productivity and nutrient cycling, and experimental manipulations of algae-grazer interactions.Field work is based near Kigoma, Tanzania, and spans a variety of sites along the Tanzanian coast. The REU student will develop an individual research project in consultation with the project PIs and graduate students, as well as contributing to the broader project. Desired qualifications include coursework in ecology/evolution/biogeochemistry/conservation, previous research experience, previous travel under challenging conditions, high degree of comfort with snorkeling and/or SCUBA diving, physical capacity to assist with carrying boats and equipment, and a team-oriented approach to work. The successful applicant must have a valid passport, and be prepared for challenging travel conditions in a developing nation. All expenses will be covered, and a stipend will be provided. The start- and end-date will be determined by group travel arrangements, but will likely be mid-June through mid-August. To apply, please submit a one-page letter of interest that summarizes qualifications and personal motivation, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references who know your capabilities well. Submit as a single file to Val Seidel (vseidel@wisc.edu).Questions can be directed to Ben Kraemer (bkraemer2@wisc.edu).Review of applications will begin on 5 February, 2012. Posted: 1/27/12.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Lindroth Research Group is seeking applicants for a National Science Foundation-supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. The participant will serve on a team investigating the genetic and chemical determinants of ecological interactions between plants and herbivores. The project includes both laboratory and field components. Specific tasks will include monitoring of field populations for herbivore damage, collection and chemical analysis of plant tissues, data entry, and maintenance of experimental plants in the greenhouse and field. Duration of the position is late May through late August, 2012. Qualifications: Must be reliable, organized, meticulous, and able to work independently and as part of an interactive team. Should be able to work outdoors under adverse conditions. Background in chemistry and ecology is helpful, but not necessary. Will train suitable candidates. To Apply: Send cover letter, resume (include current gpa), and names of three references to: Dr. Liza Holeski (holeski@wisc.edu). Posted: 1/25/12.

Utah State University: An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates summer fellowship is available to study the role of species interactions in determining the impact of climate change on plant communities. The undergraduate researcher will work in Dr. Peter Adler's lab in Logan, UT, with opportunities to conduct field work in eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe vegetation. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious undergraduate to contribute to ongoing NSF funded research and develop an independent research project of their own. Project topics include examining the effect of changes in precipitation on growth and competition among sagebrush steppe species and evaluating the use of plant traits to predict species responses to climate change. The position pays a $500 stipend for 10 weeks, beginning mid-May to mid-June, 2012. To be eligible, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental sciences). To apply email Andy Kleinhesselink (arklein@aggiemail.usu.edu) with the following documents attached as a pdf: 1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline: 3/7/12. Posted: 2/6/12, revised: 2/27/12.

Wind Cave National Park: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, a science center of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), will hire two STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) Biological Science Technicians to work on an invasive plant species research project. This research will be done in three National Park Service (NPS) units that have active prescribed fire management programs: Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Devils Tower National Monument, all in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In the third year of the study (summer 2012), growing-season pre-burn and post-burn data will be collected. The project is a cooperative effort between Northern Prairie and the NPS Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office. The technicians will be based in the latter office at Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD. To qualify you must be a degree-seeking student that will be taking classes in the Fall 2012 semester. The technicians will work on research study investigating the relationship between prescribed burning in ponderosa pine forests of the Black Hills, various environmental factors, and target invasive plant species. Primary responsibilities include: hiking to, finding, and setting up plots; determining the frequency and categorical abundance of approximately 15 target invasive species; measuring forest structure, canopy density, dead & down fuel loading, and fine fuel mass; using FFI computer program for data input and storage. Wages: Approximately $13.41/hr. Length Of Position: Late May until mid-August. Park housing may be available for rent. If you are interested in this position, please send complete transcripts (unofficial OK) and a resume to Amy Symstad at asymstad@usgs.gov. The resume must include the school you are attending/will be attending in Fall 2012, the degree you are seeking, and your anticipated graduation date. Apply By: January 16, 2012. Contact Amy Symstad (Research Ecologist) at 605-745-1191 with any additional questions. Posted: 12/8/11.

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Coe College Wilderness Field Station: I want to call your attention to the undergraduate course offering of Environmental Microbiology. This class will be taught at the Coe College Wilderness Field Station on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. Field Station information, course details and objectives. The class will run from 16 July through 13 August. For 28 days, we will explore the Bacteria and Archaea while paddling through the BWCA, and learn about their role in the BWCA ecosystem while addressing the application to global cycles. If you know of any undergraduates that may be interested please pass on the word. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or for further discussions about the class (a.b.michaud@gmail.com). Posted: 5/23/12.

University of Idaho: Undergraduate students who yearn to be outdoors and want to study science and writing in one of the nation’s largest wilderness areas may now apply for our new program, Semester in the Wild. Offered for the first time in Fall 2012, and open to all undergraduate students and interested individuals, Semester in the Wild is a three-month field-based learning experience composed of five block-plan courses. The program takes place at the University of Idaho's Taylor Wilderness Research Station, an inholding in the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and at the McCall Field Campus, along the shores of Payette Lake. Students will enroll in field-intensive classes that take advantage of Idaho’s wilderness setting and develop a foundation in the unique ecology, geology and natural history of the Rocky Mountain ecosystems. UI professors will teach Ecology, Geology, Humans and the Environment, Western Literature and Environmental Writing as well as Outdoor Leadership. In the event that classes would duplicate something that a student has already taken, credit for advanced courses can be considered. The Semester in the Wild program would allow students the opportunity to: *Study the unique ecosystems and history of the central Idaho Wilderness *Take inquiry-based courses in ecology and geology that entail hands-on research *Experience wildlife, forests, and landscapes that have inspired western literature *Immerse in an integrated and interdisciplinary program of science and humanities *Increase communication skills through scientific presentation and environmental writing. See the website, linked above, for details and to apply. The consideration of applications will begin April 16, 2012, and continue until the program is full. Letters of interest from students at other institutions will be considered as placeholders through a minimum enrollment review on May 20, 2012. Courses begin August 20, 2012. For more information, contact Brian Kennedy at (208) 885-5171 or kennedy@uidaho.edu. Posted: 4/5/12.

Antioch University: Antioch Education Abroad's Brazilian Ecosystems Program is a 16-credit fall semester for undergraduate students. Now accepting applications! Please encourage your students to participate in this vital field experience. It is an outstanding opportunity for direct field experience with the ecology of Brazil's biodiversity, and with real world conservation problem solving. The program travels to the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado Savanna, Amazon Rainforest, and Pantanal Wetland, across four different states: Paraná, Goiás, Amazonas, and Mato Grosso. Students return to campus inspired and energized about continuing their education towards more realistically defined career goals. Program dates: 30 August - 29 November. See the link above for details. Posted: 2/29/12.

Smithsonian-Mason Semester in Conservation Studies: The Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program is proud to offer two 16-credit programs for undergraduates committed to the study of conservation, based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) near the Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. Each semester-long program Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices, offers five integrated courses that include a practicum work experience with researchers at the SCBI as well as classes focusing on conservation theory and applications. The Semester in Applied Conservation Strategies focuses on the scientific, sociopolitical and economic root causes of conservation issues and ways in which science informs management and policy. Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices emphasizes the application of ecological theory to the study of conservation and methods for successfully communicating about threats to species. Our new academic and dorm facilities provide a state-of-the-art learning environment. During the Semester, students live in a close-knit academic community that emphasizes active learning, teamwork, hands-on experience, public communication and case studies, preparing them for conservation-related professions and graduate study. These unique programs are open to upper-level and post-baccalaureate students from any college or university. Students should have completed a minimum of 60 credits of college course work, and have a demonstrated commitment to conservation. In addition, for the Semester in Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices, students should have completed at least one upper-level ecology course, as the science content in this program is more rigorous. Semester programs may be taken individually or in consecutive semesters. A federal background check is required. The application deadline is March 1, 2012. More information application: http://mccs.gmu.edu/undergraduate. Posted: 2/7/12.

Mountain Lake Biological Station Summer Courses: MLBS (University of Virginia) is pleased to announce its summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. Learn more about the programs and apply on-line at http://www.mlbs.org/summercourses. Summer Courses: Plant Conservation, Field Biology of Sex, Biology of Fishes, Ethnobotany, Stream Ecology, Sculpture and Drawing. Posted: 1/6/12.

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis: Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology, Oct. 21-22, 2011. NIMBioS will host the third annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology to be held Oct. 21-22, 2011, at the Univ. of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN. The conference provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at the interface of biology and mathematics. Student talks and posters will be featured as well as a plenary speaker Dr. Mariel Vazquez, assistant professor in mathematical and computational biology and DNA topology at San Francisco State University. Funding for lodging and registration is available for a limited number of participants. Registration deadline: Oct. 7. Deadline to request funding for registration and lodging is Sept. 7. More information and registration. Posted: 8/12/11.

River University: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Experience in Ecology, Engineering and Policy. July 8 - Aug 3, 2012. Enrollment for River University is now open! This summer, immerse yourself in the Hudson River, the birthplace of the modern environmental movement, and earn nine Clarkson University credits in: * Ecology * Environmental Engineering * Environmental Policy. River University is for any undergraduate student with an interest in the environment. Regardless of your major, you can broaden your undergraduate experience and ease your academic workload by earning valuable science, engineering and policy credits over the summer. * Classes taught by internationally recognized Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin and respected Clarkson faculty Tom Langen, Ph.D. and Shane Rogers, Ph.D. * Five days of experiential learning on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater * Interdisciplinary classroom studies at Beacon Institute's Center for Environmental Innovation & Education (CEIE) located on historic Denning's Point on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. * Read the FAQ Don't delay -- enrollment limited to 25 students! January 3: Review of applications begins March 15: Application deadline. Posted: 1/25/12.

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