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University of California Davis REU, Community Ecology 7/1/13 6/21/13
Oregon State University REU, Ecoinformatics 6/5/13 5/31/13
USGS Canyonlands Research Station Summer Intern, Ecology 5/24/13 5/9/13
Colorado State University REU, grassland ecology  5/8/13 5/8/13
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Mentored independent research on White-crowned Sparrows  5/6/13 5/6/13
Texas A&M University Summer REU internship - bioinformatics of harmful algal blooms 5/5/13 4/29/13
Florida International University REU - coral reef ecology 4/25/13 4/3/13
University of California Merced REU - Yosemite  4/3/13 4/3/13
USDA Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory Summer Research Techs, grassland ecology 4/1/13 3/18/13
University of Tennessee-Knoxville REU, Ecological Modeling 3/31/13 3/19/13
University of North Carolina REU, plant disease ecology 3/31/13 3/6/13
University of Alaska Summer Research Asst, stream ecology 3/30/13 3/6/13
University of Alaska Summer Research Asst, hydrology and nutrient cycling of arctic hillslopes 3/30/13 3/6/13
Kent State University/Holden Arboretum REU, Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems 3/25/13 3/5/13
University of Minnesota Summer Field Tech: impact of emerald ash borer 3/22/13 2/25/13
University of Minnesota Summer Field Tech: Forest plants 3/22/13 2/25/13
University of Minnesota Summer Field Tech: Forest biomass harvesting research 3/22/13 2/25/13
University of Missouri REU, Ecology of plant-fire interactions in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 3/21/13 3/1/13
Radford University REU, Aquatic Community Ecology/Disease Ecology 3/21/13 2/29/13
Marine Biological Laboratory REU - watershed and estuarine ecosystems in Massachusetts  3/15/13 3/15/13
University of Arizona REU, plant litter decomposition in deserts 3/15/13 2/21/13
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale REU, Convergence Ecology 3/15/13 2/14/13
University of New Mexico REU, Sevilleta LTER 3/11/13 12/20/12
University of Washington REU, ecological field studies in the Cascades (Oregon) 3/10/13 1/22/13
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi REU: Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries 3/8/13 1/28/13
University of Wisconsin-Madison Ecology REU/Internship in Iceland 3/3/13 2/18/13
University of Kansas REU, Models in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 3/1/13 2/26/13
Northern Illinois University REU, Energy & Environment 3/1/13 2/15/13
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Stream fish/invertebrate intern 3/1/13 2/14/13
Kansas State University REU - Ecology and Evolution of Changing Environments 3/1/13 1/30/13
USDA Forest Service Summer internships, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory 3/1/13 1/24/13
University of Virginia REU, Blandy Experimental Farm 3/1/13 12/13/12
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium REU, Changing Coastal Environments 2/28/13 1/24/13
Missouri Botanical Garden REU, Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany 2/28/13 1/11/13
University of Puerto Rico REU, Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/28/13 1/2/13
USDA Forest Service Lab Interns, Arthropods, Mount St Helens  2/27/13 2/27/13
Texas A&M University REU, Entomology 2/22/13 2/7/13
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory REU, field ecology/wildlife biology 2/15/13 1/28/13
University of Tennessee REU, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 2/15/13 12/20/12
University of Wisconsin-Madison Ecology, Plant, and Environmental Systems Summer Research 2/15/13 12/6/12
Georgia Tech REU in Aquatic Chemical Ecology (10 positions) 2/15/13 12/5/12
Plymouth State University Hillslope Hydrology REU 2/8/13 1/24/13
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Translational Ecology REU 2/5/13 1/24/13
Michigan State University REU in Field Based Ecology and Evolution 2/1/13 1/7/13
Harvard University REU in Ecology at Harvard Forest 2/1/13 12/12/12
Texas A&M University REU in Costa Rica tropical montane forest 1/31/13 1/25/13
Samford University REU in biology 1/31/13 1/11/13
Chicago Botanic Garden REU, Plant Biology and Conservation (10 positions) 1/31/13 1/3/13
University of Arizona REU, Biosphere 2, Earth and Environmental Sciences  1/29/13 1/29/13
Marine Biological Laboratory REU - Arctic Research  1/29/13 1/29/13
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Invasive Plant Intern  1/28/13 1/28/13
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory GIS/GPS Intern/student  1/28/13 1/28/13
Penn State University Field asst, plants, Greenland 1/20/13 1/7/13
Virginia Tech PINEMAP Internship Program (12 positions) 1/20/13 12/17/12
North Dakota State University REU in discipline-based education 1/15/13 11/21/12
Auburn University REU in Warm-water Aquatic Ecology 1/15/13 10/10/12
University of California Berkeley and University of Colorado Boulder Interns, Vertebrate Biodiversity 1/11/13 10/22/12
Montclair State University REU, forest lakes and streams  12/13/12 12/13/12
University of Virginia REU, Mountain Lake Biological Station  12/13/12 12/13/12
University of Notre Dame Summer Program in Field Ecology and Environmental Science 11/19/12 11/6/12
Brookhaven National Laboratory Spring semester wildlife internship 10/1/12 9/10/12

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Auburn University: REU in Warm-water Aquatic Ecology, Summer 2013: May 26 to August 4. 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 26 to August 4, 2013 (10 weeks). To stay up-to-date with the 2013 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 2013 are encouraged to apply. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5k) 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 2013. For more information, visit contact Alan Wilson at Posted: 10/10/12.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) is a 16-week internship during the spring semester. The internship runs from Jan/Feb. until mid-May at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. The laboratory is a Department of Energy facility. Students will assist with ongoing research on a 200-acre solar facility. We are looking for one or two highly motivated students who can work independently to complete a variety of research activities. Activities will include small mammal trapping, radio telemetry work on box turtles, vegetation sampling, and running of trail cameras. A weekly stipend of $425 is provided and housing is available for non-local students. Applicant should be pursuing a degree in wildlife/ biology/ natural resources. Must be able to work hours beyond the normal 9-5 and be comfortable working alone. Familiarity with the flora and fauna on Long Island will be helpful. You must have a valid driver's license. Knowledge of GPS and GIS is beneficial. Wildlife handling experience is preferred. Applications must be filled out online with the Department of Energy - SULI program. Applicants must be sophomore or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Two references are required and you must submit copies of your transcript. Graduating seniors may apply. Recent graduates may also apply. Apply online. Once your application is completed or if you have any questions, please e-mail Jennifer Higbie at Deadline is October 1st. Posted: 9/10/12.

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 2013 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 28 to August 16, 2013 (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 2013: * Urbanization and vectors of human Disease. * Microbial processes in urban ecosystems. * What, if anything, controls tick populations and tick-borne disease. * Investigating people's ideas about ecosystems. * The impact of synthetic compounds on stream ecosystem function. * Songbird Behavioral Ecology: How do veeries use their songs to communicate? * Temperature effect on size-structure of zebra mussels (Dreisena polymorpha). * Body size and the effects of ecosystem engineering by organisms. * Hudson River wetlands and climate change. Apply at: Deadline: February 5, 2013. Posted: 1/24/13.

Chicago Botanic Garden: This summer, the CBG 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 systematics, conservation biology, restoration ecology, biogeochemistry, and related 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 2013. They will receive a stipend of $4,750 and room and board in downtown Chicago. 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, 2013, and the 10-week program will run from June 10-August 16, 2013. We invite interested undergraduates to find more information and apply at Questions should be directed to Posted: 1/3/13.

Colorado State University: Three NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available for summer 2013 with Drs. Melinda Smith and Alan Knapp. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in two different collaborative research projects. The first is assessing the impacts of severe drought on grassland structure and function, and the second is assessing convergence and contingencies in North American and South African savanna grassland responses to fire and grazing. The students will develop their own independent research projects, as well as participate in a range of research activities, including assessing plant ecophysiological responses, plant traits, plant community composition, and aboveground productivity responses to severe drought and alterations in fire regimes and herbivory by bison. The positions will involve a competitive monthly stipend, travel to/from field sites in Colorado and Kansas, and potentially housing nearby the Kansas State University campus. The candidates must demonstrate their ability to work independently, in a group setting, and under rigorous field conditions, as well as be willing to work long hours in the field. Coursework in plant ecology and statistics is preferred but not required. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and background, a C.V. or resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications and questions should be directed to Dr. Melinda Smith ( Only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this position. Posted: 5/8/13.

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 nutrient exposure and coral disease dynamics 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 on 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 nutrient enrichment affects coral disease states and progression rates, and coral bleaching. There will be ample opportunities to participate in other projects studying herbivore foraging behavior, coral predation, and nutrient dynamics on coral reefs. Eligibility: Undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in biology, microbiology, and environmental sciences are invited to apply. Students cannot have graduated at the time of the fellowship. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Minorities and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifications: 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 necessary before field work begins. This REU position runs June 3-August 23, 2013. A stipend of $5,500 will be provided to the student for the 12-week full-time program. In addition, the student will be provided housing at no cost. Students from outside the South Florida area also may apply for travel funds assistance. This position is funded by the National Science Foundation Biological Oceanography Program. Application Procedures: Applicants will need to submit: 1) Cover letter briefly stating background and interests; 2) CV (resume); 3) College transcripts of all completed work (unofficial transcript is fine); 4) Two letters of recommendation; 5) A statement of career goals and research interests; and 6) Evidence of SCUBA diving and/or AAUS certification. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file to Dr. Deron Burkepile via email at Please direct any questions to Dr. Burkepile via email. Application Deadline: April 25, 2013. Posted: 4/8/13.

Georgia Tech: We will be hosting 10 NSF-REU participants this summer at Georgia Tech focusing loosely on the theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology. See link for 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, 2013. The full-time, 10-week program will start May 20, 2013 and run until July 26, 2013. Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 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: 12/5/12.

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. Each student will participate in an ongoing study with senior researchers from Harvard University, 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, computer modeling, 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. Students will develop their research results and present their findings 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, biogeochemistry, and ecophysiology. Students are paid a stipend in excess of $5,500 for the 11-week session which runs from mid May through early August. 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. Students should have a demonstrated interest in ecology but are not required to have previous field/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. For more information and to apply, see: Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology. Deadline: 2/1/13. Posted: 12/12/12.

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, The 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. Participants will also receive a generous stipend. The deadline for applications is the 1st of March 2013. Complete information is available by visiting Specific questions can be directed to the PIs (Dr. Bruce A. Snyder and Dr. Theodore J. Morgan) at Posted: 1/30/13.

Kent State University/Holden Arboretum: we invite applicants for a 10-week summer 2013 REU training program focused on Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars. Participants will be provided housing, a meal allowance, and a $500/week stipend. Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university and be a US citizen or permanent resident. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 25, 2013. For more information and application procedures please see the link above or contact the REU Coordinator at or the PIs Patrick Lorch ( or Kurt Smemo ( Posted: 3/5/13.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: LUMCON invites undergraduates to apply for our NSF-sponsored, 2013 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 (June 3rd – August 9th) 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, 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 28, 2013. More information about the program and application materials can be found at Prospective applicants may also send questions to Posted: 1/24/13.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The 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 2013. 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. Requirements: 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) where housing is provided and paid for by the project. Apply online. Posted: 2/15/13, revised: 3/15/13.

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 2013 field season, both in association with the Arctic LTER project. Basic 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. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Applicants should 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 with your application package or faxed to the Human Resources Office at 508-289-7931. If faxing, please include the position posting number 0000558. Apply at: Posted: 1/29/13.

Michigan State University: The Kellogg Biological Station is currently accepting applications from highly motivated students for the Summer REU Program in Field Based Ecology and Evolution. REU students will live in residence at KBS and develop an independent research project in conjunction with a research mentor. Tentative program dates are May 27th-August 2nd. REU students will be provided a stipend ($3000-4500), free room and board, and potentially travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences and students who have limited research opportunities at their home institutions. Funding for the REU program is provided by BEACON (An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), and individual NSF grants awarded to KBS faculty. 2013 REU Projects: Climate change and rapid evolution, Effects of climate change on Damselflies, Invasive species ecology, Plant eco-physiology, Restoration ecology, Biological invasions, Ecological genetics. Deadline: Feb. 1st 2013. In addition to the REU program KBS offers initial research experiences through the Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URA) Program. URA students take a course at KBS, live in residence, and serve as research assistants to graduate students and post-docs. Posted: 1/7/13.

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 using electrofishing techniques Collecting stream macroinvertebrates using D-nets Collecting water chemistry samples and measuring water chemistry parameters Conducting qualitative and quantitative habitat surveys. Preferred qualifications include: Experience in stream electrofishing techniques Experience in field identification of Midwestern/Great Lakes stream fishes (to the species level) Experience conducting stream habitat inventories or surveys. The position requires extensive travel across northern Minnesota and the willingness to stay overnight (in motels) for up to three nights per week. The work may be carried out in remote areas, in inclement weather, and can be physically-demanding at times. Candidates must be able to work well with others in small- and medium-sized field crews. 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 rate: $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. See the full job ad to apply. Applications accepted through March 1, 2013. Posted: 2/14/13.

Missouri Botanical Garden: Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany. Deadline - February 28, 2013. For details, see Posted: 1/11/13.

Montclair State University: We are pleased to announce the Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU) has begun accepting applications for the summer 2013 program. This program brings 10 selected U.S. undergraduate students to MSU's field station, New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC), for an 8-week field-immersion research experience in multidisciplinary environmental research in forest lakes and streams on the Kittatinny Mountains of Northwest New Jersey. The objective of this program is to cultivate highly motivated undergraduate students in multidisciplinary environmental research and to prepare them for careers and/or graduate education in environmental science. During the summer, participants will be housed in cabins at NJSOC located within 30,000 acres of mature forest, mountain ridges and freshwater streams and lakes. Participating MSU faculty have a strong interest in mentoring young scientists as an integral part of their academic experience. Each student accepted into this program will be matched to one of these faculty mentors. Working with faculty mentors, participants will gain scientific research experience by focusing on and rotating among the following research areas: 1) hydrology 2) erosion and sedimentation 3) biodiversity/ecology 4) environmental chemistry. Each participant will receive a stipend of $4,000, with lodging and meals provided. The REU program will also cover travel expenses for participants to attend professional conferences to present studies. For more information and an online application form, you may access the program website at or contact Passaic River Institute at Posted: 12/13/12.

North Dakota State University: We are excited to announce a new summer undergraduate research program in discipline-based education. Growing up STEM is an excellent opportunity for students interested in STEM education at the undergraduate level to engage in an immersive, 10-week summer research experience. Our program includes on-campus housing, a $5000 stipend, and is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on research experience. Some students will have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference. For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit: -or-Email Warren Christensen ( or Jennifer Momsen ( Applications due January 15, 2013. Posted: 11/21/12.

Northern Illinois University: NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduate program, Operation E-Tank. The goal of this REU program is to create opportunities to engage undergraduates in interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability concerning the environment, energy, economy, and ethics. Eligible undergraduates interested in environmental issues and scientific research with strong potential for a career in science are encouraged to apply for this interdisciplinary summer research opportunity. Students will work directly with faculty mentors and participate in a number of regional workshops and seminars. The program runs June 16-August 10, 2013. For description of the REU program, potential projects, and information on eligibility and applications, see: Operation E-Tank. Applications are due Friday, March 1. Posted: 2/15/13.

Oregon State University: We seek qualified applicants to participate in a plant-pollinator network project integrating ecology and computer science as part of the Ecoinformatics Summer Institute, based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in western Oregon. We seek applicants with expertise in biology, botany, zoology, entomology to participate in field sampling and computer analysis of plant-pollinator networks. This project combines ecological studies of plants and insect pollinators with computer science analysis of species interaction networks and their properties. Interactions between plants and their pollinators influence biodiversity of both groups. Often plant-pollinator networks are asymmetric, so that if a plant species depends highly on an insect, that insect depends weakly on the plant; this kind of structure is believed to confer resilience and enhance diversity. In the Andrews Forest, montane meadows contain many dozens of flowering plant species and several hundred species of pollinators. This project will involve systematic monitoring of pollinator-plant interactions in montane meadows, adding to a dataset collected on two prior years. The ecology work involves fieldwork and plant/pollinator sampling and identification led by Julia Jones, Andy Moldenke, and Vera Pfeiffer. In addition to fieldwork, REU students will conduct analyses of networks sampled in previous years. The computer science analyses will be led by Tom Dietterich and Rebecca Hutchinson, and will involve measuring the impact of partial detection on the analysis of pollinator network data. In most field data studies (especially for animals), an observer may fail to observe the presence of an animal even though the animal is present. Methods have been developed for accounting for partial detection in studies of population dynamics and species distributions, but not with the measurement of pollinator networks. So we want to explore both experimentally, mathematically, and computationally how detection failures (and maybe also identification errors) could affect the conclusions drawn about pollinator networks. Please apply by June 5 at the link above. Posted: 5/31/13.

Penn State University: I am seeking a field research assistant to work in Greenland during the summer of 2013. You will be helping to collect data on the phenology of tundra plant roots as it relates to climate change. I am seeking a motivated junior or senior undergraduate with previous field research experience and will give preference to those who can stay the entire summer (mid May to mid August). Duties may include scoring plant phenology, processing plant samples, photographing plant roots using a minirhizotron camera, and entering data. Living expenses and travel to/from upstate New York to Greenland will be covered. You will be responsible for your own camping equipment. The summer will be spent camping with a small group of researchers on the tundra, so previous camping experience is recommended. Please send a resume and a brief personal statement to Laura Radville ( Review of applications will begin on January 20th and will continue until the position is filled. Posted: 1/7/13.

Plymouth State University: Hillslope hydrology component of the Hubbard Brook REU: We are seeking applicants for an REU position at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The program is a multidisciplinary project where students participate in a research project and also engage in outreach projects designed to help develop skills in communicating ecosystem information to broad audiences. The program runs from May 29 through August 7, 2013 and all students are expected to be in attendance on the start date. Students receive a $5000 stipend for the 10-week program, as well as free housing. Food costs are paid by the participants and run approximately $42/week. Students live at Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s Pleasant View Farm adjacent to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The overall objective of the hillslope hydrology project is to document varying flowpaths that water takes through soils in its journey through hillslopes on its way to streams. An REU student will work closely with a team with graduate students installing and operating tensiometers and pore water samplers, and collecting and characterizing soil samples. The approach of this project follows the emerging discipline of hydropedology, with implications for understanding water quality regulation and spatial patterns in forest habitats. (Mentors: Dr. Scott Bailey, US Forest Service and Dr. Kevin McGuire, Virginia Tech). More information on the program and application information can found at Also see: Watershed Hydrology Lab at Virginia Tech. Deadline: February 8, 2013. Posted: 1/24/13.

Radford University: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2013 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 2011. The REU student will earn a stipend of $400/week for 12 weeks and receive additional support for lodging and travel expenses, and their research. The REU student will be invited to attend the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in 2013 (and/or 2014) with our group. Interested students are encouraged to apply by March 21 2013, 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 include: unofficial copy of transcripts, contact information for two 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, or if you have questions, please contact: Jeremy M. Wojdak ( Posted: 2/28/13.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: opening for an undergraduate to conduct a mentored independent research project studying white-crowned sparrows. This research is part of a continuing, long-term investigation into the life histories of mountain white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha). This project aims to elucidate relationships between the immune system and ectoparasite load with reproduction and growth in wild birds under different conditions of food availability. Approximately 35 undergraduates conduct 10 week independent research projects at our field station each summer. Our education program has 2 spots remaining, including a mentored project involving the handling and study of birds in their natural environment. Students interested in applying should fill out the online application and contact the Science Director at sd at . Visit for more information. Posted: 5/6/13.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Registration for RMBL's 2013 undergraduate research program is now open at: Follow the link for 'students'. 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 or wildlife biology. 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 Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 4 for RMBL Scholarships. Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application. Posted: 1/28/13.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Invasive Plant Intern. We are looking for a student interested in invasive plant management and plant restoration. The intern's duties will include: 1) assisting with ongoing experiments to control the spread of Canada Thistle, Smooth Brome, and Yellow Toadflax; 2) active management of invasive plants by manual removal and spot applications of herbicides; 3) transplanting plants and collecting and sowing seed to restore native plants to disturbed sites; 4)coordination of adult volunteers as they help with weed management; 5) using GPS equipment to map invasive plants; and 6) assisting in revegetation of disturbed areas. We are looking for someone who is not afraid of hard work and has a sincere interest in active management of invasive plants. The chosen student will work an average of 40 hours/week on invasive plant management, research, and revegetation. This program runs from approximately June 9 to August 16, 2013 (10 weeks); start and end dates are flexible. Housing, meals, and station fees, will be provided. In addition, $200 is available for travel expense reimbursement. The student is responsible for any parking fees, if he/she has a car and other miscellaneous expenses such as laundry or store charges incurred during the summer. To apply for this internship, complete the online application to our educational program. Go to: and follow the link for 'students'. When choosing your ‘Courses’, please explain that you’re applying for the Invasive Plant Internship. For the essay portion of the application, please include a description of your interest in invasive plant research, management, revegetation and/or working with volunteers. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We plan to choose an intern by early April, 2013. Questions: please contact the Science Director Dr. Jennifer Reithel ( Posted: 1/28/13.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: halftime GIS/GPS Intern / halftime student. We are looking for a student who has solid experience with GIS and/or GPS. Experience with IT would be a plus. Fifty percent of the intern’s time will be spent on several projects: 1) assisting the GIS/GPS Coordinator with training users to use handheld GEOXT GPS units, entering and reviewing metadata, downloading and post-processing files from GPS units, mapping sites, creating maps, and helping with other mapping related projects, 2) overseeing upkeep and troubleshooting of the Barclay computer lab, and 3) occasionally assisting with the maintenance of sensors at permanent weather stations at remote sites. The remaining fifty percent of the intern's time will be spent on an Independent Research Project OR a short course and a smaller independent research project. The research project could be focused on field biology or, alternatively, it could be a mapping/GIS project. We are looking for someone who is not afraid of hard work and has a sincere interest in GPS and GIS. The intern must be detail-oriented, skilled with computers, and be familiar with GIS software. The chosen student will work an average of 20 hours/week on GIS and GPS projects, computer lab upkeep, and weather station assistance, and an average of 20 hours/week on their independent project and/or short course. This program runs from approximately June 9 to August 16, 2013 (10 weeks). The total Educational Fee for the summer is $5100. RMBL covers half this fee, as the student is a half-time intern. The student is responsible for the other half of this fee: $2550. The educational fee covers Room, Meals, and Station Fees for a total of 10 weeks (maximum) plus tuition for 5 credits of Independent Research. The student is responsible for parking fees, laundry fees, and other miscellaneous expenses. The student will be reimbursed $200 for travel expenses. To apply, go to and follow the link for 'Students'. When choosing your ‘Courses’, please explain that you’re applying for the GIS/GPS Internship. For the essay portion of the application, please include a description of your experience and interests and how that relates to the described position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will choose an intern by early April, 2013. Please contact the Science Director ( for more information. Posted: 1/28/13.

Samford University: Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of biology research and develop your scientific skills. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the new Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and geography to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians. Application Deadline: January 15, 2013 Program Timeline: May 30-August 1, 2013 * $500 per week stipend * Travel, room, board and research expenses covered * Approximately 12 students will be accepted into the program. Reasons to Apply * Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research * Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist * Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project * Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice * Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest state park. All application materials should be submitted electronically to Deadline extended to: January 31, 2013. Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2013, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the US at the time the REU program is held. Please submit: * Application Form * Transcripts * Letters of Recommendation * Personal Statement. Posted: 12/5/12.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale: NSF REU Summer Program in Convergence Ecology. Start Date: May 28, 2013. This NSF-funded Site REU offers a diverse array of research opportunities resulting from an extraordinary combination of ecological focal areas and processes studied by SIU Center for Ecology faculty in southern Illinois, a distinctive physiogeographic region where prairie, forest, wetland, floodplain, and river systems converge. This REU Program will provide research opportunities for up to 10 undergraduate students under the guidance of faculty mentors associated with SIU’s Center for Ecology. The goal of this REU program is to provide students hands-on training with a variety of tools used to conduct ecological research across a spectrum of research areas (to include soil, plants, animals, and multiple ecosystems) and processes (ecological pattern and variability, ecological response to environmental degradation, ecological response to restoration, and conservation and management) made possible through the diverse research programs of faculty members affiliated with SIU’s Center for Ecology. The program will immerse students in research and educational activities aimed to foster (1) hands-on scientific inquiry, (2) development of a diverse ecological skills-set through guided quantitative field and laboratory methods, (3) comprehension of and confidence in communicating science through weekly reading and discussion, (4) a broad awareness of ecological science through weekly seminars, and (5) a better understanding of biodiversity (to include human culture) through educational field trips to local natural and cultural areas. The program will culminate with The Colloquium of Undergraduate Research in Ecology (The CURE). Lodging for REU students will be provided by SIU campus housing at no cost to participants. This is a paid program; students will receive a stipend of $5,000 during the 10-week summer program (May 28-August 5, 2013). Up to $800 per student will be available for research supplies. Applications will be considered from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline related to the field of ecology. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by summer 2013. Students must be U.S. Citizens. Apply at: Applicants will need to submit an electronic application, unofficial transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to Deadline: March 15, 2013. Contacts: Dr. Clay Nielsen (; 618-453-6930) and Dr. Sara Baer (; 618-453-3228). Posted: 2/14/13.

Texas A&M University: Summer 2013 REU Internship Campbell Laboratory, Department of Oceanography. We are studying Karenia brevis, the dinoflagellate responsible for harmful algal blooms or "red tides" in the Gulf of Mexico. Karenia brevis makes a potent neurotoxin, known as brevetoxin, which binds to and activates sodium channels. The function of brevetoxin in K. brevis is unknown, but we have shown that hypoosmotic stress increases brevetoxin production. Our hypothesis is that brevetoxin plays a role in osmoregulation in K. brevis. We are conducting physiological experiments, imaging-in-flow cytometry, transcriptome analysis with next generation sequencing, and metabolomic profiling to investigate the responses of K. brevis to osmotic stress. Initial experiments have produced transcriptome data for two clones of Karenia brevis under control and osmotic stress conditions. During the summer internship, the student will help to evaluate the results obtained to date from analyses of differential expression and protein sequence discovery. The student will use BLAST, Blast2GO for functional analysis, and search for specific motifs and then identify potential protein families using the PFAM database. A particular focus will be ion channels and aquaporins, which are thought to be important in osmoregulation by dinoflagellates. Once candidate proteins have been identified, the student will conduct growth experiments to examine results under osmotic stress conditions and compare differences among strains for selected proteins. Preferred: Biology major, experience with bioinformatics tools. Availability: You must be available from June 3-Aug 10 for full stipend award. Please submit a CV and the names and contact information for 2 professors who are willing to provide a reference for you. Submit by May 5, 2013 to: Lisa Campbell Posted: 4/29/13.

Texas A&M University: The Department of Entomology would like to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2013 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, linked above. 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 at or Dr. Kevin Heinz, REU-EXCITE PI at Deadline February 22, 2013. Posted: 2/7/13.

Texas A&M University: is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a tropical montane 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: Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand; Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow; 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; Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil. 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 and see also a description of the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. Deadline: January 31, 2013. Posted: 1/25/13.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: We are ready to begin taking applications for our summer research program "SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Focus) - Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries," which runs for 10-weeks this summer (June 4-August 8 2013). Research activities available to students center around various aspects of the health and functioning of coastal, nearshore, and offshore environments on the central Texas Gulf of Mexico. See our website for more information. Applications close on March 8, 2013. Posted: 1/28/13.

USDA Forest Service: Laboratory interns needed to assist with long-term ecological studies at Mount St Helens! Come and earn your internship credits while discovering the amazing recovery of the Mount St Helens landscape! The Terrestrial Ecology Laboratory Intern(s) will sort arthropod pitfall trap samples into taxonomically-based groups that were gathered along a volcanic disturbance gradient at Mount St. Helens. This task will require the use of a dissecting microscope and dichotomous keys. Following sorting of samples, the resulting data will be entered into electronic spreadsheets. In addition to the arthropod work, interns will assist with maintenance and repairs of biological sampling equipment. For Intern positions, the ideal candidate will be Biology Major available to work at Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters in Amboy, WA. Intern must be proficient with use of microscopes and data entry programs (MS Excel). Minimum hour requirement is 4 hours per week for one semester and maximum (ideal) is 16 hours per week for several semesters during Spring-Fall seasons. This position is available to eligible students from March through December 2013. Recruitment process begins March 2013. Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume that lists relevant course work, and a a list of two references with contact information to: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters, c/o Charlie Crisafulli, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. fax: 360-449-7809, e-mail: Posted: 2/27/13.

USDA Forest Service: Summer Intern positions in Biological Sciences are available at USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, located in Otto, NC. To qualify, students must: (1) be in good academic standing, (2) be currently enrolled in a college or university, and (3) plan on returning to college or university in fall 2013. Interns work with Coweeta scientists and staff on a wide variety of projects. Current research projects include, but are not limited to: land use effects on water quality using GIS; southern Appalachian forest carbon, nutrient, and water budgets and cycling; and effects of cation depletion on forest stream water quality. Projects typically have both a field and laboratory component, and may include some data analysis. Students may utilize some portion of data collected and/or analyzed to fulfill university intern requirements. The rate of pay ranges from a GS-03 (approximately $11.95/hr) to GS-04 (approximately $13.41/hr), depending on education and experience. A limited amount of housing is available on site for approximately $125/month. Interested students should send (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) college transcripts by March 1, 2013 to: Chelcy Ford Miniat, Research Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, 3160 Coweeta Lab Rd, Otto, NC 29763, Positions are highly competitive -- early applications are encouraged. U.S. citizenship and a valid driver's license with minimal moving violations are conditions for employment. Posted: 1/24/13.

USDA Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory: Student research assistants needed May 20th through August 16th 2013 to assist with studies of the effects of global change on grassland ecosystems at the Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory in Temple, Texas. The student will assist with several research projects studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on native grassland productivity and diversity, the effects of precipitation variability on the productivity of native grasses used in bioenergy production, and the differences in productivity between diverse and monoculture grasslands. Duties will include field measurements of plants and soils, preparation of plant and soil samples for laboratory analysis, data entry, and setting up of experiments. Applicants must be able to work independently. Work conditions in a laboratory, or field setting may range from sedentary to primarily physical. Work may require walking, standing, bending, and carrying items ranging from lightweight to moderately heavyweight in hot and humid outdoor conditions. Work involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions. Skills: To be considered, students must have completed their sophomore year with at least a 3.0 grade point average overall and a 3.5 grade point average in math and science classes. The position may be extended depending on funding and performance. To apply, send a letter of application, copy of current transcripts, and contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your classroom/laboratory science experience and aptitude by April 1st. Send applications in electronic form only to: Dr. Lara Reichmann, Posted: 3/18/13.

USGS Canyonlands Research Station: summer student intern. This is a paid, full time summer position, with the US Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center in Moab, Utah. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work on a number of ecology research projects, working closely with USGS scientists and experienced technicians. The student will obtain experience in a variety of research approaches, methods employed, and types of ecological investigations pursued by USGS research scientists. Research investigations the intern will assist with include evaluating the biogeochemical consequences of Tamarisk defoliation, an assessment of rangeland condition in the Parashant National Monument, and establishment of monitoring plots in the Moab area to evaluate effects of grazing on Mancos Shale. Proposed job duties include assisting with field data collection, data entry, and laboratory analysis. Qualifications: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing. A background, classwork, or interest in ecology or soil science is preferred. The incumbent must be in sufficient physical condition to withstand the rigors of the field work. Incumbent also must pass a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required. Salary and start date: Salary is $11.95 per hour. A start date in May 2012 is preferred. Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you are interested please send a resume to Position open until filled or until 5/24/2013. Check for full description and status. Posted: 5/9/13.

University of Alaska: We are seeking an enthusiastic undergraduate to assist with a project investigating spatial scaling of ecosystem processes in stream networks. Research will be conducted in boreal streams in Interior Alaska, and the student will be based out of Fairbanks. Primary duties will include collection of water, fish, and invertebrate samples; assistance with measures of ecosystem metabolism and nutrient uptake; maintenance of experimental fish exclosures; chemical analyses; and data entry. The student must be willing to work under adverse field conditions, and be able to haul sampling equipment across uneven terrain. The student will work closely with graduate students and PIs, and must have strong communication skills. The ideal period of work is June through early August. Preferred qualifications include experience with ecological field research, demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, or fisheries. Prospective students should contact Jay Jones ( with a brief statement of interest and description of qualifications by March 30. Posted: 3/6/13.

University of Alaska: We are seeking an undergraduate student for a summer research assistant position on a project addressing coupled hydrology and nutrient cycling of arctic hillslopes. The research is based out of the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Primary duties will include collecting water samples; assisting with experiments measuring nutrient uptake; maintaining equipment for automated collection of water samples, stream discharge, and chemistry; and data entry. The student will join a collaborative team that includes hydrologists and biogeochemists, and will be expected to work closely with graduate students and PIs in the field. The student must be enthusiastic and able to work under adverse field conditions. The field work involves off-trail hiking up to 2 km carrying a pack. Strong communication skills are required. Ideal timing of the position is late-May to mid-Aug. Preferred qualifications include experience with ecological field research and demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, or high-latitude ecosystems. Prospective students may apply online and should contact Tamara Harms ( stating interest and briefly describing qualifications and experience. Applicant review will begin March 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 30. Posted: 3/6/13.

University of Arizona: REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) is a National Science Foundation-sponsored program wherein undergraduates receive a stipend to conduct independent summer research projects under faculty guidance and mentorship. The School of Natural Resources and The Environment at the University of Arizona has an opening for an REU scholar for the summer of 2013. The REU scholar will work with Dr. Steve Archer and Dr. Dave Breshears and with collaborators at New Mexico State, Loyola University-New Orleans and the University of Kentucky examining how plant litter decomposition in deserts is influenced by interactions between radiant energy and wind and water redistribution of soil. In addition to their own investigations, REU scholars will participate in controlled environment studies on the UA campus; and in field studies at the Santa Rita Experimental Range just south of Tucson.For more details on the project and application procedures, see Applications received by March 15th will receive full consideration. Posted: 2/21/13.

University of Arizona: We will be holding a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer in environmental and Earth system sciences at Biosphere 2 (B2). Students will participate in a variety of activities that will help them pursue a career in environmental sciences. Students will conduct their own research under a mentor, interact with other participants and scientists, and present research findings in a formal symposium setting. A unique part of the B2 REU experience will be the opportunity to interact with the public who visit B2 on tour and to obtain training in outreach related to their research topics. Additionally, students will participate in professional development workshops, an ethics in science workshop, and field trips to local attractions. Students in their Sophomore or Junior years from a wide range of disciplines and interests including biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science are encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this NSF funded program. Research at Biosphere 2 aims to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about the Earth, its living systems, and its future. Students in the REU program will conduct research in the Earth system and environmental sciences that examines some facet of soil-water-atmosphere-plant interactions. Improving understanding of these interactions is important in gaining insight into the impacts and causes of global environmental change and variation. Key to research at B2 is the use of methods and techniques that allow linking across scales. Additionally, some REU projects will be conducted in partnership with the southwestern Critical Zone Observatory. Projects will focus on a variety of topics that include (but aren’t limited to): coupling ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, investigating abiotic and biotic contributions to ecosystem processes, integrating measurements across scales, using innovative tools to link climate and ecological function, and modeling of ecosystem and soil processes. REU Students will receive: $5000 stipend, Lodging at Biosphere 2’s student village, Food allowance, Travel to and from Tucson, AZ. Applications are due March 8, 2013. Posted: 1/29/13.

University of California Berkeley and University of Colorado Boulder: VertNet is pleased to announce the VertNet Undergraduate Internship, scheduled for the Summer of 2013. This internship is an opportunity for two undergraduate students to gain valuable training and practical experience in biodiversity informatics, biodiversity research and systematics, and museum collection management. Two interns positions are available; one at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Internships will not exceed three months (12 weeks) and will include participation in VertNet’s Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, on June 24-28, as a part of the Interns’ training. Individuals selected to participate will be considered full time employees of their respective institutions and paid at the monthly rate of $3150 (CUBoulder)/$3300 (UCBerkeley). Interns will receive additional support to cover costs during the workshop for travel between Berkeley and Boulder and accommodations and per diem (when in residence at the secondary institution). Interns will be responsible for their own travel to and from the internship and accommodations and daily needs while in residence at the primary institution. Support is available to help find accommodations in both locations. All applications materials and recommendations must be received by 11:59pm PT on January 11, 2013 for consideration. Accepted participants will be notified in March 2013. visit to apply. Posted: 10/22/12.

University of California Davis: We are looking for a capable and motivated undergraduate interested in conducting research in community ecology supported by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. This student will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project with guidance from faculty, post-docs and graduate students. This project will involve two weeks conducting field research in the Bahamas, and eight weeks working in Louie Yang’s ecology lab at UC Davis. The preferred dates for this program are August 1 to October 10, 2013. The project will be part of a larger research effort exploring how seaweed deposition affects terrestrial food webs. Potential research projects could include, but are not limited to, investigations of arthropod communities colonizing seaweed, investigations of seaweed effects on pollination, and the effects of seaweed subsidies on lizard behavior. The successful applicant should be prepared for long hours of field work under sometimes harsh conditions. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work independently and in teams. Previous experience with field research, experimental design, community ecology and boating safety is preferred. Applicants should submit the following materials to Louie Yang ( by July 1, 2013: 1) a one-page cover letter explaining their interest in this position, 2) a CV describing previous research experience, 3) the names and contact information of two references who will send reference letters separately by July 1, 2013, and 4) a copy of the student’s transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine). Please use “REU application” as the subject heading for your email application. The chosen student will receive a stipend of approximately $500 per week for the 10-week period. Travel and research expenses will be paid. Applicants for this position must be citizens or permanent residents of the US and its possessions and must be currently enrolled as undergraduates. Posted: 6/21/13.

University of California Merced: Conduct scientic research in one of the most remarkable places in the world. Mentors for research projects are faculty from the University of California, Merced, and scientists from Yosemite National Park and the US Geological Survey. Research projects will focus on the animals, plants, lakes, rivers, meadows, mountains, people, and places of Yosemite When: June 16th - August 17th, 2013. Where: Yosemite National Park, California. Who: Undergraduates from any college or university in the US are welcome to apply. Apply online at For more information, contact Prof. Stephen Hart, Prof. Michael Beman, or Dr. Rebecca Fenwick at Posted: 4/3/13.

University of Kansas: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology announces that its new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Models in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics has been recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation. We are now accepting applications for our ten-week program that will run May 20-July 26, 2013. Students will participate in mentored, independent research and will receive additional training. Mathematics majors with an interest in biology as well as biology majors are encouraged to apply. Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university and be a US citizen or permanent resident. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For access to the application and information about the program, please visit Inquiries may be directed to Deadline: March 1, 2013. Posted: 2/26/13.

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking five undergraduate students to assist on a project assessing the ecological impact of biomass harvesting on aspen and jack pine-dominated forests in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project will utilize a large-scale manipulative field experiment to assess the response of vegetation communities and soils various levels of woody biomass removal and green-tree retention. 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 mid/late May 2013 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be provided in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage will vary from $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 ( by March 22, 2013. Posted: 2/25/13

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking two undergraduate students to assist on a research project examining the effects of variable retention harvests on ground-layer plant communities in red pine forests within northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project using a long-term silviculture experiment to assess the influence of different levels of overstory retention and understory shrub competition on ground-layer flora 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, shrub, and understory vascular plant 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 collection of vegetation data. These positions begin mid/late May 2012 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be provided in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage will vary from $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 ( by March 22, 2013. Posted: 2/25/13.

University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking two undergraduate students to assist on a project assessing the impact of emerald ash borer on forest structure and function in black ash-dominated lowlands in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota 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 late May 2013 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be provided in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage will vary from $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 ( by March 22, 2013. Posted: 2/25/13.

University of Missouri: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for the summer of 2013 to study the flammability of savanna grass species under the supervision of Drs. Ricardo Holdo (U. of Missouri), Michael Anderson and Thomas Morrison (Wake Forest U.). The position will be based in Tanzania, and the REU student will be part of a research team housed at the Serengeti Wildlife Research Center, inside Serengeti National Park. The research project will quantify interspecific variation in flammability among tropical savanna grasses in the Serengeti ecosystem of Tanzania, as part of a broader NSF-funded study of savanna tree dynamics. The main experiment will consist of burning trials of 20-30 species of Serengeti grasses under controlled conditions and mapping flammability into existing study plots. The project also has the potential to: 1) examine the evolution of flammability as a trait by mapping peak combustion temperature and energy release onto an existing phylogenetic and 2) explore flammability in relation to other plant structural or chemical traits. We are looking for a candidate with a solid academic record, a willingness and ability to work and live in a remote field site, and a strong interest in ecology. The duration of the study is approximately 8 weeks. The start date is flexible, but will ideally be in late May or early June. The REU student will earn a stipend of $500/week and receive support for lodging, food, research permits and travel to Tanzania, as well as the necessary research supplies. Applications received by March 21 2013 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled in a college or university. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications should include: copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), contact information for two academic references, a resume, and a cover letter describing research interests, previous research experience, career goals and the range of dates available. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact: Ricardo M. Holdo, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, 217 Tucker Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, Phone: 573-882-4885, Posted: 3/1/13.

University of New Mexico: The Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) is seeking applicants for our 2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Application deadline is March 11, 2013. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train up to 10 undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of a University of NM faculty mentor from Biology and/or Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, and field trips. Students will conduct independent research on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and present results at a research symposium at the end of the summer. The program includes faculty mentors in ecology, evolution, behavior, geology, and meteorology. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. A goal is to increase the number of students, particularly under-represented minorities, pursuing careers in bio-geosciences. Students will be exposed to a large, multidisciplinary research program, encouraged to continue into professional careers, and prepared for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The REU program exemplifies the integration of research and education. Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5000 during the 11-week summer program (May 27 -August 9). We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $500. Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in the biosciences. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by summer 2013. We welcome applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Students must be U.S. Citizens. Application information: Questions: Posted: 12/20/12.

University of North Carolina: The Mitchell Lab (Department of Biology) is seeking one highly qualified student to conduct independent research on plant disease ecology. The research will be part of our project examining the effects of natural enemies, plant community composition, and resource supply on colonization and invasion of plant communities. The REU student will work as part of a team including three Ph.D. students and will conduct research to examine whether host species identity, host community composition, and resource supply influence virus co-infection (simultaneous infection by multiple pathogen species). The student will receive training in fundamental concepts and theories of the ecology of infectious disease. These concepts and theories are largely general across systems, spanning human and wildlife hosts as well as plants. Additionally, the REU student will further broaden their research experience by contributing to the broader research project occurring at the site. The ideal student will be preparing to enter a graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) program in Ecology or a related field in Biology or Environmental Sciences. The position is for 12.5 weeks and may begin as early as Monday 13 May 2013, and end as late as Friday 16 August 2013 (14 weeks total). The student will be responsible for reporting the stipend as taxable income. The student must arrange his/her own housing. REU is a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REU students must be enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate degree (i.e. to be eligible, you must not be graduating until at least Fall 2013). Additionally, REU students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program particularly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. To apply, please email Rob Heckman (A) a one page cover letter that explains why you are interested in the position, and summarizes any relevant experience, (B) a resume including your institution, major, expected graduation date, relevant courses, GPA, citizenship or permanent resident status, and work / research experience (if any), (C) the name and contact information for two people who can provide letters of reference. Letters will be requested only for semi-finalists, and official transcripts will be requested from finalists. Applications will be reviewed until a highly qualified student is hired. To guarantee full consideration, apply by 31 March 2013. Posted: 3/6/13.

University of Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2013 Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 6 credits/summer…and get paid $2,500/summer!! Applications due November 2nd! Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year. UNDERC-East: (May 20 – July 26) 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 8 – August 16): 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 students of indigenous ancestry. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Additional information and applications are available at the link above or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director ( or Dr. Page Klug, UNDERC-West Assistant Director ( Application deadline has been extended to Friday, November 19, 2012 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 7, 2012. Posted: 10/10/12, revised: 11/6/12.

University of Puerto Rico: We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from June 3 - August 6, 2013. Application deadline: 28 February 2013. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Aquatic Insect Ecology - Stream acidification effects on aquatic insects - Plant-animal interactions, Plant population biology. Students receive a stipend 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 National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program. The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2013 that are US citizen or permanent resident. Application materials and further information. Posted: 1/2/13.

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 10 -August 2, 2013 on the University of Tennessee, 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. This year's research topics include bioacoustics, biomedical engineering, disease modeling, and genome evolution. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel. Application Deadline: February 15, 2013. For more information about this year's program, full description of the projects, and the online application, go to For questions, contact Kelly Sturner, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity, Posted: 12/20/12.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville: We are looking for an undergraduate student for paid summer research. The position pays a biweekly stipend of $1,000 for 8 weeks (June 10 – Aug 2). Qualified applicants will be current undergraduate students (not graduating before summer 2013) in biology, computer science or mathematics. Computer programming experience is helpful, but not required. An interest in ecological modeling is necessary! Apply by March 31, 2013. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Visit for more information, project ideas, and to apply. Direct questions to Christine Dumoulin ( This REU is made possible through grant no. 0801540 from the National Science Foundation for an IGERT program called SCALE-IT ("Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovative Technologies"). Posted: 1/7/13, revised: 3/19/13.

University of Virginia: Mountain Lake Biological Station is pleased to announce its summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 21th year. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. Learn more about the programs and apply on-line: 2013 Summer Courses: Plant Conservation, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Disease Ecology, Behavioral Endocrinology, Fungi and Drawing. 2013 REU Internships. Posted: 12/13/12.

University of Virginia: Blandy Experimental Farm Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The program emphasizes experimental, field-based approaches to a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollination ecology, landscape ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $5500 stipend, additional money for food, and free housing. Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts an independent research project. The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings. REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops. Applications Due: March 1, 2013. Posted: 12/13/12.

University of Washington: An NSF-REU position is available at the HJ Andrews Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Site to participate in ecological field studies at Bunchgrass Ridge in the Cascade Range of Oregon. NSF's REU program is designed to engage highly motivated students in ecological research in preparation for graduate study and a career in the environmental sciences. The student selected will spend the summer with a team of researchers (faculty, field staff, and intern) studying the ecology and restoration of high-elevation, conifer-invaded meadows. The student will have an opportunity to train with field staff early in the summer and to develop an independent research project under the supervision of the principal investigators. Possible topic areas include: plant community dynamics, species-environment relationships, invasive species ecology, dynamics of conifer establishment, tree-herb interactions, plant phenology (including flowering and seed production), plant rooting and regenerative strategies. Applicants must be: - in an undergraduate program in a 4-yr institution (through 2013 fall term); preferably Junior/Senior standing - in good academic standing (>3.0 GPA) - enthusiastic, motivated, and responsible - able to work in a team or independently - capable of working long hours in the field. Preference will be given to students with interests in plant ecology or restoration ecology. Dates: 10-week period between June and August 2013 (dates flexible) A stipend of $5,500 is provided for the 10 week period. An additional $1,125 is available to cover lodging costs at HJA ($13/night) or miscellaneous research expenses (e.g., field supplies). Transportation to the field site will be provided during the work week. Applications should include: - cover letter describing interests, experiences, and qualifications - resume - copy of college transcripts - names and contact information of two individuals who will write letters of reference - two letters of reference sent directly to Application should be sent by email to: Charlie Halpern, Research Professor, School of Environmental & Forest Sciences, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2100, Application deadline: 10 March 2013. Posted: 1/22/13.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: We are looking for up to four undergraduates or recent graduates to join our team of interdisciplinary researchers in Northeast Iceland during this coming summer. Broadly, we study the dynamics of Lake Mývatn’s aquatic insect emergences and their effects on in-lake and around-lake ecosystems and communities. Interns will be expected to both assist in ongoing research at this LTREB (Long-Term Research in Ecological Biology) site and complete an independent research project. Two of the four positions must meet requirements for the NSF-REU program. To be eligible for an NSF-REU, applicants must be non-graduating undergraduate students with US citizenship. We do have non-REU internships available. Please contact us if you are interested in working on this project but do not meet REU eligibility criteria. Selection Criteria: We will consider the ability of a student to conduct a semi- independent research project, live and work with our team under field conditions in rural Iceland, benefit from the experience, and contribute to our overall research project. The research focuses on understanding the population dynamics of midges in Mývatn and the role they play in the dynamics of the aquatic and surrounding terrestrial food webs. The students will participate with international faculty, post-docs and graduate students conducting research in Iceland. This includes collecting and processing arthropod, zooplankton, sediment, and plant samples and conducting lab and field experiments. Roughly half the research will be conducted in aquatic systems, and half in terrestrial. Relevant skills and experience include previous lab and (especially) field research, strong work ethic, microscope proficiency, enjoying working outdoors, experience on boats, operation of power tools and small-engine machinery, foreign travel/cross-cultural experiences, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work both in a team and independently. Application: 1. Cover letter. Your cover letter should outline your background and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for this position. Include a discussion of why you want this position and how it relates to your career goals. Also, be specific about experiences and skills you are bringing to the position. Make your case for why you should get the position, highlighting details from your CV or other pertinent information that might not appear on your CV. 2. Resume / Curriculum vitae. Submit a current resume that details your education and work experience. Include references on your resume. Please provide the names and contact information for at least two people who we can contact to ask specific questions about your background and qualifications for the position. Submit your application as a single pdf file (only 1), including cover letter and resume/CV. Send your pdf by e-mail to Kyle Webert, Department of Zoology, Include your surname in the file (e.g., Smith_Iceland_application.pdf). Put “2013 Summer REU in Iceland” in the subject line of the email. After initial screening of materials, finalists will be contacted for interviews in mid-March. For full consideration, please submit your application by March 3, 2013. All internship positions (REU and non-REU) include travel expenses to and from Iceland, food and lodging, and a small stipend. Interns are expected to join the research team in Iceland from early-June to late-August. A critical part of the program is conducting your own research project with our guidance. We also expect the student to take the lead ommunicating the results of that work. Past summer research interns have completed their projects as senior research theses or have presented their work at national conferences. We are excited about this research and our 2013 field season! If you have any questions about the position, or our work in general, please don’t hesitate to email us. More information about our work and field experience can be found at our blog, Contacts: Kyle Webert (graduate student) Cristina Herren (graduate student) Tony Ives (professor) Claudio Gratton (professor) Posted: 2/18/13.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Ecology, Plant, and Environmental Systems Summer Research Opportunities Program, a subgroup of the UW Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, offers exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue basic and applied research experience at a world class research institution in laboratories focused on ecological, plant and environmental research. Participants will engage in independent research, guided by a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor and a faculty member. During these ten weeks, you will have the opportunity to: - Build your scientific skills. Develop your skills as a scientist and as a communicator of scientific knowledge by designing and performing your own experiments, analyzing the current scientific literature, attending research seminars, and preparing final written and oral presentations of your work. - Collaborate with your peers. Participate in weekly discussion with your undergraduate peers, your research lab group, and in other career-oriented programs. - Explore Madison! The program allows ample free time for enjoying the Madison culture, including sailing, rowing and other outdoor activities, free weekend lakeside music, shopping, art museums, and myriad music, dance and theater performances. Important Dates and Deadlines! 2013 Program: May 28 - August 3, 2013. 2013 Application Deadline: February 15, 2013. There are no fees or tuition costs. The program provides a $5,500 stipend, full support for travel, housing, health insurance (if needed), and a partial food allowance. Posted: 12/6/12.

Virginia Tech: The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project has 12 fellowships available for summer/fall 2013. Each position has a maximum salary of $7,000. The PINEMAP Intern Program provides undergraduate students with a research experience with a graduate student mentor. The program also prepares them to successfully prepare an educational/outreach lesson for secondary school science or social studies classes. Selected undergraduate students will be provided the opportunity to work during a summer internship with a researcher (at the researcher’s university) in one of the following disciplines, or Aims: ecophysiology, silviculture, modeling, genetics, economics and policy, education, and extension. Interns will participate in data collection and hypothesis testing at a host university. Interns will then enroll in a fall distance education course in inquiry-based science education and work with classmates to develop and improve engaging lessons for secondary school life science, biology, or social study classes. See the full announcement for additional information or contact John Kidd, Intern Program Coordinator, at jbkidd[at]vt[dot]edu. Application deadline is January 20, 2013. Posted: 12/17/12.

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Adirondack Residential Semester - Fall 2013: College students will earn 15 credits while living and learning at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb Campus, a 15,000 acre field station located in the Upper Hudson Watershed and the center of the stunning Adirondack Park. The semester explores complex scientific and social questions relating to sustaining natural and human communities in large-scale conservation applications. Four faculty teach five interdisciplinary courses in a variety of hands-on field, lab and discussion settings. Participants will work closely with knowledgeable scientists, philosophers and policymakers and have access to more than 80 years of Adirondack research. Study of this 6 million acre park, with its 130,000 residents and millions of annual visitors, will provide lessons in sustainability that can be transferred to communities around the globe. The Adirondack Residential Semester is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors from public and private colleges and universities. For more information, please see Posted: 3/22/13. University of Idaho’s Semester in the Wild: now accepting applications for the 2013 fall semester. The program, open to any undergraduate student, runs from late August through mid-December. Participants will earn 15 upper-division credits while studying river ecology, environmental writing, wilderness and protected area management, western literature, and outdoor leadership in some of the most compelling and inspiring landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Students will spend the entire semester off-campus. One of their first experiences will be backpacking 35 miles into the University’s Taylor Wilderness Research Station, one of the nation’s most remote research stations, where they will spend the first half of the semester. After six weeks, we will fly out of Taylor to the McCall Field Campus on Payette Lake to continue the integrated learning experience. The Semester in the Wild course will give students an opportunity to: conduct undergraduate research alongside scientists, study rivers and salmon ecosystems in an environment far removed from human impact, read and write about great literature of the American West, learn why we have our current wilderness management programs and how such programs evolve. Visit to learn more and apply. Posted: 3/27/13.

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Fort Worth Zoo: we are offering a Conservation Expedition to Anegada, British Virgin Islands to help the critically endangered Anegada iguana (Cyclura pinguis). This trip is geared toward undergraduate students, helping them get real field experience. Dates: session 1: May 19-27, session 2: May 28-June 5, session 3: July 9-17, 2013. Cost: $1375/session. Blog from the 2012 sessions. For more information, please contact: Kelly Bradley (, 817-759-7173), Conservation Biologist. Posted: 2/20/13.

Brazilian Ecosystems: Please invite your students to participate in Antioch Education Abroad's Brazilian Ecosystems Program. It is an outstanding opportunity for direct field experience with the ecology and biodiversity of Brazil's preserved environments, and with real world conservation problem solving where those preserved areas are under threat. The program is a 16-credit fall semester for undergraduate students that takes place from 30 August to 29 November. 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. More information. Posted: 2/18/13.

Western Cuba Terrestrial and Reef Ecology Field Course: Come explore western Cuba as part of our terrestrial and reef ecology field course from May 8 -17th. Since January of 2011, college students attending a US College / University can travel to Cuba as part of a college course. We will be visiting two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves two UNESCO World Heritage sites during our travels. We will be specifically hiking in the Sierra de Rosario Mountains and Vinales Valley for the terrestrial part of the course, followed by snorkeling of at Maria la Gorda and Cabo de San Antonio. We will also try to schedule a diving opportunity for those persons with proper diving qualifications, but that opportunity will cost extra. In order for us to legally travel to Cuba, we must follow State Department and Department of Treasury policies that require us to use a federal government approved travel agency and take a chartered flight from Miami to Havana. We are required by the Cuban Government to use an approved travel agency for arrangements in Cuba, as well as permission for all activities while in Cuba (~ 15 departments must approve). Yes traveling to Cuba is complicated, but we have arranged this trip and we have about 5 slots we are opening up to college students wanting to do an amazing field course in Cuba or any Field Biologists or Ecologists interested in potentially offering this type of course at your institution or possibly research opportunities. Cost of this trip is $4600, which includes the chartered flight from Miami to Havana, travel and accommodations in Cuba, and about 95% of your meals. There will be a few opportunities for you to explore on your own and grab a meal (lunch or dinner), but most of the meals will be with the group. You must already have your passport, be in good physical shape (moderate to challenging hiking and multiple snorkeling activities a day), and understand that traveling in Cuba is NOT like traveling in the US. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible ( We are fast approaching our deadline to file for the special Visas and reserve seats on the chartered flight, so please contact me before Feb 25, 2013. Posted: 2/14/13.

Study Abroad in Madagascar: If you have an interest in primates and biodiversity, and the challenges we face in balancing conservation and development, this could be the field school for you! You will: Learn first-hand about studying non-human primates, and conduct an independent research project in the field with habituated primate groups focusing on how habitat disturbance affects ecology and behavior. Learn about lemur species that were lost to extinction already, and the forces threatening the species that remain. Experience rural Malagasy communities and the unique challenges they face, which often conflict with developed-world conservation ideals. More details. Posted: 1/22/13.

Conservation Biology in The Bahamas: North Carolina State University is offering a two-week study abroad field program in July 5-20, 2013. The six credit-hour program is directed by Drs. Brian Langerhans and Nils Peterson, and is open to students from any university or college. The program is aimed toward upper-level undergraduate students and comprises two courses: BIO 495 Ecological and Evolutionary Dimensions of Conservation Biology in The Bahamas, and FW 495 Human Dimensions of Conservation Biology in The Bahamas. The program is centered on Andros Island - a large and sparsely populated Caribbean island - and focuses on three critical aquatic habitats: coral reefs, tidal creeks, and blue holes. Andros offers an ideal opportunity for students to explore biodiversity and conservation, with the world’s third largest coral reef system, over 100 shallow, oligotrophic tidal creeks, and over 300 unique water-filled caves called blue holes. Further, students can experience first-hand the impacts of human activities on natural ecosystems, as they will conduct field work in both heavily impacted localities, as well as remote, pristine environments. The courses cover both science and policy, emphasizing hands-on research as a large component of the program. Students conduct original research projects in small teams in the field; one project from the last course resulted in a peer-reviewed publication in the journal Evolutionary Ecology. Through a combination of field trips, classroom and laboratory work, guest speakers, and group research projects, students will: 1) learn fundamental concepts regarding ecological and evolutionary processes operating within the three primary aquatic ecosystems in the Bahamas, 2) evaluate the importance, procedures, and scientific foundations for conservation and management initiatives in the Bahamas, and 3) learn field-based research methods and techniques. Apply online at by February 8, 2013. Find further information about the program at Note that the program is limited to 20 students. Posted: 1/9/13.

Smithsonian-Mason Semester in Conservation Studies: The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is proud to offer two 16-credit programs for undergraduates committed to the study of conservation. Each semester-long program, Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices, offers five integrated courses that include a work experience with researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (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. Both semester extensively host guest lectures and field exercises with professional conservation researchers, practitioners and policymakers. 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 field 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 45 credits of college course work, and be committed to the practice of conservation. In addition, for the Semester in Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices, students should have completed at least one upper-level ecology course. Semester programs may be taken individually or in consecutive semesters. More information at the link above. Posted: 10/11/12.

Ecological Genetics Field Study Abroad in China: Unique (and Low-Cost) Opportunity for Ten Undergraduates *Learn Chinese and Ecological Genetics at the University of Georgia* With funding from NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, we are offering 10 undergraduates (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) the opportunity to participate in a unique research abroad opportunity in China during the spring and summer of 2013. This is the 5th (and final) year of the program and students have found it to be enormously rewarding. This will likely to be the last offering of this opportunity. The research focus of our PIRE grant is a forensic biogeographic study of species that are native to China and invasive in the southeastern U.S. as well as a growing number of species native to the southeastern U.S. and invasive in China. Each summer, we run a 6 week field course where we visit biological communities throughout China. After the field course, students continue in short-term research internships in our partner labs in China. Students will need to be prepared to take full advantage of this experience. Therefore, during the spring semester, students must enroll at the University of Georgia (UGA) and take 3 courses; two in intensive elementary Mandarin Chinese and a laboratory course in genetics. No prior experience with Chinese language is required, although students should have had at least a course in introductory biology and preferably courses in ecology and evolutionary biology. After 1 semester of Chinese, most of our students can operate quite well in China. The cost to the student of the summer program is minimal: the grant covers travel to and within China, lodging and most meals. The student is responsible for health insurance, visa costs and personal expenses. However, all students are responsible for the costs of enrolling at the University of Georgia for all required courses (12 credit hours per semester) (all students are charged at the in-state tuition rate plus fees). The deadline for applications is October 15, 2012. Applications for the 2013 program are available on our website: We encourage any interested students to contact Dr. Rodney Mauricio for more information ( Posted: 9/25/12.

Undergraduate Research Conference: Interface of Mathematics and Biology, Nov. 17-18, 2012: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) will host the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology to be held Nov. 17-18, 2012, 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 and a panel on career opportunities. Funding for lodging and registration is available for a limited number of participants. Registration deadline: Nov. 2. Deadline to request funding for registration and lodging is Oct. 5. For more information and registration, go to Posted: 8/16/12.

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