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University of Georgia REU in aquatic ecology 4/29/16 4/14/16
University of California Santa Barbara REU in sandy beach ecology or physical oceanography 4/21/16 3/16/16
University of California Davis REU, milkweed community ecology (2 positions) 4/8/16 3/22/16
University of California Davis REU, Sierra Nevada lakes research (2 positions) 4/1/16 2/22/16
USGS Canyonlands Research Station Interns (2) in Global Change Ecology 3/18/16 3/9/16
University of Nevada, Reno REU: "The Value of Snow" 3/18/16 1/23/16
Michigan State University REU, Climate Effects on Species Interactions in Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems 3/15/16 2/24/16
University of Texas El Paso REU, Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity 3/15/16 2/23/16
University of Florida REU, spatial ecology of vector-borne disease 3/15/16 2/22/16
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse REU in Mathematical Ecology 3/15/16 2/17/16
University of Wisconsin-Madison REU: Connectivity effects beyond the patch: Does plant diversity spillover respond dynamically? 3/14/16 2/24/16
Stanford University REU, vector-borne disease modeling 3/14/16 2/22/16
USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit Summer Internship - plant and grazing ecology  3/9/16 3/9/16
University of Notre Dame REU, Grassland/Grasshopper Ecology in Western Montana  3/9/16 3/9/16
University of Kansas REU in Quantitative Ecology, insect outbreaks 3/7/16 2/24/16
University of Colorado Boulder REU, Plant Phylogenetic Community Ecology 3/4/16 2/1/16
University of Pittsburgh REU, amphibian disease, Pymatuning Lab of Ecology 3/4/16 1/27/16
Fordham University REU, Y-chromosome diversity and sex-biased dispersal in wild brown rats 3/4/16 1/27/16
Kansas State University REU, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Changing Environments 3/1/16 1/27/16
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory REU, ecological and evolutionary field projects 3/1/16 1/22/16
University of Virginia REU, Blandy Experimental Farm 3/1/16 12/17/15
Portland State University REU, Plant Ecology and Genomics 2/29/16 2/10/16
University of Puerto Rico Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/28/16 12/15/15
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer research interns, ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions 2/26/16 1/23/16
University of Arizona REU, environmental and Earth system sciences at Biosphere 2 2/26/16 11/27/15
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Research Internship 2/26/16 11/18/15
University of Nevada, Reno REU in amphibian disease ecology in Panama 2/25/16 2/10/16
Samford University REU, Biology and Chemistry 2/24/16 2/17/16
Mountain Lake Biological Station Summer 2016 Field Courses & REU Opportunities 2/20/16 12/16/15
University of Texas REU, Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions 2/17/16 1/29/16
University of Texas Marine Science Institute REU, Subtropical Marine Ecosystems 2/16/16 1/22/16
University of Georgia REU, Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases 2/15/16 2/10/16
University of Idaho REU, Evolutionary Ecology, Galapagos 2/15/16 1/29/16
Georgetown University REU, Environmental Science and Policy 2/15/16 1/19/16
University of Texas Summer undergraduate research in switchgrass ecology and genetics 2/15/16 1/16/16
Colby College REU, church forests in Ethiopia 2/15/16 12/18/15
Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica) Summer research in Costa Rica for Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduates 2/15/16 12/14/15
National Ecological Observatory Network Undergraduate Interns (6 positions) 2/15/16 12/14/15
Georgia Tech REU, Aquatic Chemical Ecology 2/15/16 12/9/15
University of Tennessee Summer Research Experiences in Mathematical Biology for Undergraduates and Teachers 2/12/16 12/22/15
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Translational Ecology: Independent Research in Ecology for Undergraduates 2/5/16 1/29/16
Harvard Forest Summer research in ecology 2/5/16 12/14/15
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Summer REU Internships 2/1/16 1/22/16
Miami University REU, Ecology of Human Dominated Landscapes 1/31/16 12/23/15
Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica) REU, Tropical Ecology 1/31/16 12/16/15
Central Michigan University REU, Beaver Island Biological Station 1/29/16 12/8/15
North Dakota State University REU in STEM Education 1/29/16 12/8/15
Emory University Summer undergraduate apprenticeship in DNA barcoding of pollen  1/22/16 1/22/16
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Summer undergraduate internship in movement ecology of amphibians 1/8/16 12/17/15
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Thermal Biology/Iceland  12/9/15 12/9/15
University of Florida Wildlife research program in Swaziland 12/1/15 10/12/15
Queen's University (Canada) Evolutionary Ecology and Ecological Genetics/Genomics 9/24/15 8/25/15

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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Translational Ecology: Independent Research in Ecology for Undergraduates. Ten undergraduate students will join the Cary Institute research community in 2016 to: · Be a part of an exciting research community, working closely with leading ecologists · Design and complete a research project using state-of-the-art facilities · Exchange ideas with a diverse group of students and scientists · Learn how to translate ecology for policy, management and the public · Publish results in our online Cary Institute Undergraduate Research Report · Explore how ecological research impacts 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 23 to August 12, 2016 (12 weeks). Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Stipend: $6,300 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free housing in Bacon Flats Lodge. Other support: Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. Projects for 2016: · Hudson River habitats in a changing world · Drivers of mammal patch occupancy in a temperate northeastern forest · Ecosystem regulation of mosquitoes and disease risk · What, if anything, controls tick populations and tick-borne disease? · Lakes in a changing global environment · The effects of contaminants on stream ecosystem structure and function · Ecological patterns of an infectious fungal pathogen of amphibians · Songbird behavioral ecology: How do veeries use their songs to communicate? · Eavesdropping behavior and social information use in songbirds · Investigating people’s ideas about ecosystems · Identifying indirect effects and interactions of invasive forest pests. To apply see: Online application only. Deadline: February 5, 2016. For more information, contact: Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, PO Box AB, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY 12545, (845) 677-7600 x311, Fax: (845) 677-5976, E-mail: Posted: 1/29/16.

Central Michigan University: seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how these aspects affect algal, invertebrate, and fish communities. Research will also emphasize how water currents alter the availability of nutrients, the abundance and diversity of organisms, and nearshore-offshore coupling. Students will live and work on Beaver Island from May 31 – August 5, 2016, receiving a $4,500 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. More information on the program and online application. Applications are due by Friday, January 29, 2016. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to, or by phone to 989-774-4401. Posted: 12/8/15.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Are you interested in field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairies? We are looking for 3-6 summer researchers for an NSF-funded project investigating how habitat fragmentation influences inbreeding, pollination, herbivory, and demography in purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia, populations in western Minnesota. We anticipate hiring 2-3 REUs, 2-3 summer field assistants, and a 12-month research intern. This is a great opportunity for aspiring ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists to gain research experience and learn about the ecology and evolution of plants in fragmented prairies! No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. During the summer, you will monitor natural plant populations, observe and collect bees, measure plant traits in experimental plots, and assist in all aspects of research. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue an independent project as an REU participant. Potential projects could involve observing & collecting insects, monitoring flowering phenology, conducting statistical analyses, or computer programming. If you would like more information or wish to apply, please visit this website Applications will be reviewed starting 26 February for REU positions and 4 March for other positions. Posted: 1/23/16.

Colby College: We are now accepting applications for a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and South Gondar, Ethiopia. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left. Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at Colby College (Maine, USA) in ecological field methods (restoration ecology, stream ecology), social survey research, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. They will then travel to South Gondar, Ethiopia to conduct hands-on fieldwork with mentors from Colby College, the California Academy of Sciences, and Ethiopian academic and government institutions. Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation are due by February 15th. The 2016 Summer REU Site program will run from July 6th – August 24th (approximate). All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2016 are not eligible). Details about the project and application instructions can be found at: Application deadline: February 15, 2016. Posted: 12/18/15.

Emory University: An undergraduate apprenticeship position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Berry Brosi at Emory University during Summer 2016 on "Development of Mixed-Sample DNA Barcoding of Pollen". This position is within the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) sponsored by the US Army Research Office. Student activity will focus on understanding and correcting quantitative biases in pollen metabarcoding, including DNA extraction bias, amplification bias, and copy number bias. Students with a strong background in basic biology (including molecular biology), some previous molecular biology lab experience (including DNA extraction and PCR), a GPA of 3.0 or above, the ability to work independently and precisely, and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply. More information about the program, and instructions for applying, can be found at the link above. For more information about the research project, please contact Dr Karen Bell or Dr Berry Brosi Please email Dr. Bell and include your resume if you apply to the position. Posted: 1/22/16.

Fordham University: An NSF-funded REU to study Y-chromosome diversity and sex-biased dispersal in wild brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) is available in the Munshi-South Lab. Our lab is currently investigating rat ecology and evolution at scales ranging from landscape genetics of individual cities to global patterns of diversity. Development of resources for investigating Y-chromosome diversity will support many of these studies. The REU student will work with the lab to bioinformatically identify Y-chromosome SNPs, design SNPtype assays, extract DNA, genotype samples, and analyze data. There may also be opportunities for field work. We seek applicants interested in bioinformatics, ecological genetics, evolutionary biology, and related disciplines. Applicants must have taken a college-level genetics course. This REU will require attention to detail, reliability, independence, and critical thinking. This position is based at Fordham University's field station, the Louis Calder Center, in Armonk, NY. The Calder Center is located ~25 miles north of New York City in a protected woodland area. Housing will be provided at the Calder Center for the duration of the REU (May 23 Aug 12, 2016). Additionally, the student will receive a $6,000 stipend. The selected student will participate in professional development activities through the Calder Centers REU program, including presentation of results at a research colloquium at the end of the summer. To apply, please send a one page personal statement about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals, unofficial transcripts including a list of Spring 2016 courses, and names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number, and email address) as a single pdf (with your last name in the file name) to Dr. Jason Munshi-South ( Applications are due March 4th, 2016. Posted: 1/27/16.

Georgetown University: REU Site: Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital. Summer 2016. We anticipate that Georgetown University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program — Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital — will be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (award is pending). This ten-week program will bring a cohort of students to Washington DC to conduct research in environmental science at Georgetown University and to take part in a mini-curriculum that explores the intersections of science and policy. Participating research mentors have expertise in various aspects of environmental science and policy. The 2016 program will run from May 31 - August 5. Students will be housed on campus and will receive a $5250 stipend plus a $750 allowance for food. We are striving for a diverse group, so students from populations typically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016. For more information on the program and to apply, visit the link above. For other inquiries, contact Dr. Manus Patten ( Posted: 1/19/16.

Georgia Tech: We will be hosting 10 NSF-REU participants this summer focusing loosely on the theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology. 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, 2016. The full-time, 10-week program will start May 22nd until July 29th. Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta. Go to to get more information and to apply. 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: 12/9/15.

Harvard Forest: We are offering an exciting summer program for undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research. The strict deadline for this program is February 5th, 2016 @ 11:59pm. Applications are currently being accepted - see complete details. Program dates for 2016 are May 23 – August 5, 2016. Posted: 12/14/15.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Research Internship. Application Deadline: February 26th, 2016. Term of Internship: Approximately 12 weeks: May - August, 2016. Exact start and end time of internship will vary depending on research project and intern's availability. Financial Support: The Friends of Jug Bay will provide a $4,000 stipend. Offsite housing is available at no cost. Application Requirements: 1. A short proposal based on one of five specified research topics (check our website) 2. One-page resume 3. Copies of unofficial transcripts 4. Two letters of recommendation. Internship details available at: Or Send completed applications to Dr. Patricia Delgado at: Posted: 11/18/15.

Kansas State University: The REU Site program 'Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Changing Environments: Integrating from Genomes to Biomes' invites applicants for a 10-week summer program, which will provide a foundation in mechanistic and integrative research in ecology and evolutionary biology. We have a diverse set of research projects addressing biological patterns observed in changing environments and their underlying genetic, developmental, physiological, or ecological mechanisms. The program is hosted by the Ecological Genomics Institute, Konza Prairie Biological Station, and the Division of Biology at K-State. Over 30 faculty from the Division of Biology and Departments of Entomology, Geography, and Plant Pathology serve as potential mentors. Participants will gain practical research skills in molecular techniques, field methods, experimental design, and data analysis; attend professional development seminars; travel to important ecological sites and genomic centers; and have two opportunities to present their research. The program covers costs of accommodations. Participants will also receive a generous stipend and food allowance. Application deadline is 1 March 2016. Complete information at the link above. Specific questions can be directed to the PIs (Dr. Bruce A. Snyder and Dr. Theodore J. Morgan) at Posted: 1/27/16.

Miami University: The Biology Department (in Oxford, OH) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications to our Research Experiences for Undergraduates program starting January 1st through the end of that month for the summer of 2016. The program is focused on The Ecology of Human Dominated Landscapes. Undergraduate students accepted into the program will: - Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments. You can visit our website (below) to look at previous program mentors. - Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project. - Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest. - Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers. - Participate in a special workshop entitled "A People and their Homeland" by the Myaamia tribe of Oklahoma & the Hefner Museum of Natural History. For more information about our program please visit the EcoREU Program. Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process. Posted: 12/23/15.

Michigan State University: An NSF REU Summer Position is available with the Zarnetske Spatial and Community Ecology Lab studying "Climate Effects on Species Interactions in Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems." The student will gain hands-on experience with field experiments in both terrestrial and freshwater systems at two LTER sites at Kellogg Biological Station in southwestern Michigan. Responsibilities will include assistance in field- and lab-based data collection as well as set-up of an aquatic long-term ecological experiment. The student will be responsible for working ~40 hours/week from May-August, 2016, exact dates TBD. This is a paid position that includes housing, meals, and funding for travel and research expenses. Information about how to apply. Please send applications to Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske, Deadline: March 15, 2016. Posted: 2/24/16.

Mountain Lake Biological Station: Summer 2016 Field Courses & REU Opportunities. MLBS (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 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 24th year. Summer Courses: * Plant Diversity and Conservation * Field Herpetology * Science Writing * Field Biology of Fishes * Field Biology of Fungi. Financial aid available for undergraduate and graduate students. Summer REU Internships: REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include room and board, travel, and a $5,250 stipend. Program dates: May 23 - July 29. Application deadline February 20. Posted: 12/16/15.

National Ecological Observatory Network: NEON is currently recruiting for next summer's Undergraduate Internship Program which matches six undergraduate interns enrolled in STEM disciplines with NEON projects. We are seeking students who show promise for leadership and functional skills and, in particular, we encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. All travel to and from Boulder, CO and housing expenses are paid by NEON and students will be offered a generous salary— all while gaining valuable professional experience working closely with NEON staff mentors on high-level projects. Additionally, our interns receive training and other opportunities to develop their communications, leadership and other professional skills that will help set them up for success in their future education and career aspirations. Read more on the NEON 2016 Internship Site. For additional information, please email Deadline: February 15, 2016. Posted: 12/14/15.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center: We are seeking a highly-motivated undergraduate student for a 10-week paid internship involving movement ecology and dispersal. This position will be based at the NGRREC, which is near St. Louis, MO and located in a scenic natural landscape on the banks of the Mississippi River in East Alton, IL. Students will be supervised by Dr. David Daversa and Dr. John Crawford. DATES: 24 May – 2 August 2016. This project uses experimental approaches to examine individual differences in dispersal patterns of salamanders. Experiments will be laboratory based, though there is also potential for the student to adapt experimental setups to field settings. We expect interns to carry out an independent project and facilitate current projects being executed by the advisors. This project will provide interns with first-hand experience with all stages of scientific research. Throughout this work, the intern will become familiar with fundamental concepts of behavioural ecology and develop the capacity to apply these concepts to issues in conservation that they can take with them in the future. Students will receive a generous stipend and will have funds available for purchasing required equipment. Funds for accommodation throughout the internship (if required) may be available, but are not guaranteed. Successful candidates should be working towards a degree in biology, ecology or a closely related field. Previous ecological research experience is desired but not essential. To apply, please send the following documents to 1) a cover letter addressing relevant skills and interests (research experience, experimental work, field work), academic experience, and academic ambitions; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) unofficial academic transcripts. We will accept applications through 8 January 2016. Please contact or for further information. Posted: 12/17/15.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center: We are seeking an outstanding undergraduate student (sophomore, junior, senior years) for a paid internship through the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. The intern will be supervised by Dr. Carl Cloyed and Dr. Anthony Dell and will be based in the Dell Ecology Lab. The internship will be located at NGRREC's field station on the banks of the Mississippi River in East Alton, IL, including a 3-week field expedition to the Hengill watershed in southwestern Iceland. The Hengill system comprises streams of varying temperature, due to their different geothermal properties, making it an excellent natural laboratory for addressing questions about thermal adaptation and acclimation. The intern will run experiments using novel methods in computer vision (see Dell et al 2014. TREE) to explore the thermal acclimation of movement and behavior in aquatic macroinvertebrates. The role of the intern will be to perform their own experiments on thermal acclimation and to contribute to other experiments our lab and collaborators are undertaking at the Hengill system. The intern will assist in preparation of the expedition, analysis of results, and in the writing and submission of any resultant manuscripts (a commitment which would extend beyond the 8-week internship). The intern will work both independently and collaboratively. The intern will be provided a generous summer stipend. Housing in Iceland and flight to Iceland will be provided. Travel to Illinois and housing in Illinois will be reimbursed. To apply, please send a cover letter addressing relevant skills and interests (ecological fieldwork experience, international travel, and living in remote locations), academic experience, and academic ambitions, a CV, and unofficial academic transcripts to The search is open immediately, and will close when filled (it must be filled by 1/9/16). Please contact or for further information. Posted: 12/9/15.

North Dakota State University: We are excited to announce the 4th year of our summer undergraduate research program in discipline-based education. This program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the learning and teaching of STEM 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 as part of a cohort of undergraduate scholars. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference. Additional travel funding is available for those in financial need. The program begins May 29, 2016 and runs through August 6, 2016. Applications due January 29, 2016. For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit -or-Email Jennifer Momsen ( or Warren Christensen ( Posted: 12/8/15.

Organization for Tropical Studies: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Tropical Ecology at La Selva, Costa Rica OTS is now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 REU program at La Selva Research Station. This experience will be held in Costa Rica from June 9 to August 10, 2016. Students will live at La Selva Biological Station during the entire nine-week research experience. OTS and the National Science Foundation offer two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in Costa Rica to provide hands-on, field-oriented research experience for undergraduate students from the United States. One program is supported by NSF, and the other is supported by LSAMP-NSF (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program). Students will complete an independent research project in the field with an experienced tropical ecologist, from the project planning stage to symposium presentation and potential publication. Twenty undergraduates will be selected through a competitive application process for an nine week research program at the world renowned La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The program provides students with a first-hand insight at the challenges and rewards of tropical field ecology. Students will live immersed in a rich academic community of researchers conducting novel tropical research, and they will attend workshops on field skills, current research in tropical biology, international research ethics, statistics, and scientific written and oral communication. Participants also have access to the social, cultural, and recreational activities of rural communities surrounding La Selva. The OTS REU award covers the cost of room and board and international travel to and from Costa Rica. Participants will also receive a stipend of $4,000 for their 9 weeks of research. Who can apply? The NSF-OTS REU program is open to undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at accredited U.S. institutions. Graduating seniors (May or August 2016) and students from R-1 research universities are not eligible. The LSAMP REU program is open to undergraduates who are (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents, (2) members of underrepresented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, and/or Native American), and (3) enrolled in a LSAMP program. Graduating seniors (May or August 2016) are not eligible. The application deadline is January 31, 2016. For more information on our program, please visit Posted: 12/16/15.

Organization for Tropical Studies: OTS is pleased to announce an eight-week summer research experience and cultural exchange program designed for Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students (NAPIRE). This experience is supported by The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP, National Science Foundation). The NAPIRE undergraduate research experience introduces Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students to ecological research in the tropics. As part of the program, students apply scientific methods to ecological inquiry and discovery in a collaborative and team-oriented environment. Students complete an individual field research project including experimental design, data collection, analysis and presentation of results. In addition to their original research project, students will participate in lectures, seminars and other activities that focus on biodiversity, tropical ecology, conservation, and human ecology as well as the long-term research at the OTS biological stations. Participants interact with several Central American indigenous groups and learn about their conservation efforts. Each NAPIRE student is assigned a Research Mentor who guides their independent project and provides support during the program. NAPIRE is open to undergraduate science students interested in field ecology from LSAMP affiliated institutions. Students must be U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents who are students enrolled in accredited institutions in the United States (and Pacific Island Territories). Native American and Pacific Islander students are strongly encouraged to apply. To be eligible for NAPIRE 2016, students cannot be graduating from college before December 2016. The program is based at OTS’ Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica, a mid-elevation site (1,120 to 1,385 meters) located near the border between Panama and Costa Rica. Las Cruces provides exceptional opportunities for research in fragmentation biology and restoration ecology. NAPIRE 2016 covers round-trip air travel to Costa Rica and transportation during the course. Support for eight weeks at OTS’ field stations includes food and housing, research permits and supplies, mentoring from an experienced faculty researcher. Students receive a research stipend of $4000 for the summer. Application deadline is February 15, 2016. Consideration for admission to the program requires that application materials be received by this deadline. The program will be held in Costa Rica from June 7 to August 3, 2016. Students will mostly be in residence at Las Cruces Biological Station during the eight-week research experience, with some travel to other sites. For more information please visit or contact the Program Coordinator: Barbara Dugelby at Posted: 12/14/15.

Portland State University: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Genomics. We are looking for two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics in the Cruzan lab. Successful applicants will become part of a research team working on dispersal and gene flow in upland prairie plants in Oregon and Washington under pressure from climate change. Dispersal is critical for colonization, gene flow, and range expansion – it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of the ecology of plants. Our research utilizes genomic techniques to detect the effects of dispersal over different spatial scales. This is an integrative research program that includes field work, wet lab preparation of genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics processing of sequence data, and analysis of patterns of gene flow using GIS and landscape genetic methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of methods and are expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program. Students will be fully supported for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer of 2016. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to our National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. Housing will be provided on campus along with a daily allowance for food and a $500 weekly stipend. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17. To apply please email us an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a short (one page) statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Students with experience in computer programming and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 29 February 2016. Feel free to email us with questions. Pam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate:; Mitch Cruzan, Principle Investigator: Posted: 2/10/16.

Queen's University: research opportunities in Evolutionary Ecology and Ecological Genetics/Genomics with the Colautti Lab at Queen's University in Canada. These internerships are for 12 weeks in the spring/summer and are targeted at undergraduates who wish to gain research experience and explore the possibility of doing a MSc or PhD degree in Canada. Three positions are available in our lab for senior undergraduate students in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Vietnam. Interested students should apply by September 24, 4pm PDT, directly through the Mitacs website. Posted: 8/25/15.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: 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. We encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships. Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application. To apply: see and follow the link for 'students'. Posted: 1/22/16.

Samford University: Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2016 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 and chemistry 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. Potential research topics include plant and animal ecology, microbiology, fire ecology, water quality, biochemistry, plant and fungal natural products chemistry and bioactivity, plant taxonomy, and aquatic community ecology. Application Deadline extended to February 24, 2016. Program Timeline: May 29–July 28, 2016 • $525 per week stipend • Travel, room, board and research expenses covered • 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: February 14, 2016 Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, 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. For more information, go to the link above or email Posted: 2/1/16, revised: 2/17/16.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system. Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 1st. More information or email: Posted: 1/22/16.

Stanford University: The Mordecai lab is recruiting a motivated undergraduate for a summer research internship on the ecology of vector-borne disease through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU project will be part of a larger NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases project to model effects of climate, land use, and socioeconomic conditions on vector-borne disease transmission. The project explores a range of diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, and others. More about the larger project can be found on NSF’s website: press release | award. The REU student will develop an independent research project that can combine mathematical modeling with analysis of existing empirical data collected from the field and extracted from the literature. For example, the student could develop a mechanistic temperature-sensitive transmission model for Rift Valley fever, use statistical models to address environmental drivers of mosquito abundance and human chikungunya cases in the field, or develop new mathematical models for predicting disease outbreaks of Zika virus. The position will be based in Palo Alto, California. The student will have the opportunity to interact with other undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers in the Mordecai lab, at Stanford, and beyond. Start and end dates are flexible. The position runs for 13 weeks with a stipend of $7500. The ideal candidate will have a career interest in ecology, disease ecology, epidemiology, or public health research. A background in ecology, infectious disease biology, and mathematical modeling or quantitative methods is desired but not required. Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, contact information for two references, and a one page statement about research interests, experience, and career goals to Erin Mordecai: Please include “REU position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on March 14. Posted: 2/22/16.

USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit: Are you looking for an opportunity to gain field and research experience related to the ecology and management of rangeland ecosystems? The Rangeland Resources Research Unit with USDA-ARS will be hiring a paid summer intern in 2016. The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO, and involve daily travel to the Central Plains Experimental Range to collect vegetation data from a novel agro-ecology experiment. This project will be managed primarily by the intern with active mentoring from Dr. Porensky. Interested applicants should email with a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript. More details. Posted: 3/9/16.

USGS Canyonlands Research Station: in Moab UT is seeking to hire 2 student interns to assist with a variety of global change ecology research projects (see The incumbent will gain valuable experience conducting basic ecology field work under the supervision of USGS ecologists and technicians. The primary study sites are located near Canyonlands National Park. Pay is $12.15 an hour and housing will be provided in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The position will begin early May and run through end of June 2016 (with possibility of extension based on performance and station needs). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and must be a current student or recent graduate (less than 12 months out of school). To apply, please send a resume and copy of transcripts to Applications are due on March 18. Posted: 3/9/16.

University of Arizona: we will be holding a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer (June 6 - Aug 12, 2016) 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 poster 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. Undergraduate students 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: A competitive stipend, lodging at Biosphere 2's student village, a food allowance, and travel to and from Tucson, AZ. Applications are due February 26, 2016, see the application form. Posted: 11/27/15.

University of California Davis: We are looking for two capable and motivated undergraduates interested in conducting research in community ecology at the Yang Lab. These positions are 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. The dates are flexible - this position will be 12 to 14 weeks taking place sometime between April 15, 2016 and October 31, 2016, depending on the constraints of the chosen project and participant availability. Research will be based the University of California, Davis and nearby field sites. Our project investigates the seasonal timing (phenology) of species interactions between milkweeds and their associated community of invertebrates, including monarch butterflies. Potential research projects could include, but are not limited to, investigations of (1) how a plant fungal pathogen affects milkweed-monarch interactions, (2) how an invasive aphid affects milkweed-monarch interactions, and (3) how the diets of milkweed-associated predators, such as spiders, shift seasonally and over development, through the use of next-generation metagenomic sequencing techniques. 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 is preferred, but not required. We are looking for applicants with enthusiasm, integrity, a strong work ethic and a sense of humor. Applicants should submit the following materials as a single PDF to Louie Yang ( by April 8, 2016: 1) a one-page cover letter that explains their interest in the position and includes dates of availability, 2) a CV describing previous research experience, 3) the names and contact information of two references, and 4) a copy of the student?s transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine). Please use "REU application" as the subject heading for your email. The selected participants will receive a stipend of approximately $500 per week, in addition to research expenses. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US and must be currently enrolled as undergraduates. Posted: 3/22/16.

University of California Davis: Sierra Nevada lakes research REU positions. Two positions, one will be based in Sequoia National Park and another will be based at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab near the town of Mammoth Lakes. Position duration: ten weeks of funding to be used June 1 – September 30, 2016 with possibility of extension. Benefits: $5,000 total stipend, some travel support, and food allowance for fieldwork. Project: High-elevation lakes are sensitive to environmental forcing, making them sentinels for environmental and anthropogenic change. Our research seeks to understand how biological, physical, and chemical factors interact to regulate high-elevation aquatic ecosystems. This research will contribute to the long-term limnological and watershed research conducted in the Tokopah basin and throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Requirements: You must be currently enrolled as a student to qualify. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Applicants should have considerable backcountry experience and the ability to carry heavy (50+ lb.) loads extended distances over steep and uneven terrain. They should be comfortable using small inflatable boats and will be expected to work independently and, at times, without supervision. A general understanding of aquatic ecology and limnology, environmental chemistry, and computers is desirable. Eligibility limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents. Applicants must provide their own backpacking equipment, vehicle, and health insurance. Application deadline: April 1, 2016. To apply: Send a copy of your resume and a one page statement of interest that addresses the following areas: Experience with field research in general and limnological research more specifically, extent of backcountry experience and involvement in logistical planning for trips, experience operating small boats, and expected graduation date. Please indicate your dates of availability. Send combined application materials as a single pdf document with last name_first name as filename (e.g., Doe_Jane.pdf) to: Steven Sadro, Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis, Posted: 2/22/16.

University of California Santa Barbara: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open for one student at the Marine Science Institute. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the transport of drifting kelp from coastal kelp forests to sandy beaches where it washes up as wrack. The main objective of the project is evaluate how variation in kelp wrack input affects patterns and processes in beach ecosystems and to develop a quantitative understanding of trophic connectivity through physical transport and input of drift kelp from kelp forests to sandy beaches. The student will learn ecological and/or physical oceanographic methods to explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer. Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the student will be provided with a weekly stipend for living expenses. This is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside the program must be approved. You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor's degree in a related topic (including biology, ecology, or physics), and you will still be an undergraduate in the fall after the summer program. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials, preferably in one PDF file, to Jenny Dugan ( Please include your name and REU application in file names and subject line. You may also send all application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Jenny Dugan, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through April 21, 2016. Posted: 3/16/16.

University of Colorado Boulder: We are recruiting two undergraduate students to conduct independent research over 10 weeks this summer (23 May - 29 July) as part of an NSF-funded REU. The project will involve investigating the ecological and evolutionary processes influencing the phylogenetic structure of plant communities across the United States. Students will work in the Smith lab under the guidance of Dr. Julienne Ng and Dr. Robert Laport, primarily generating DNA sequence data, conducting phylogenetic analyses, and accessing and managing large amounts of plant trait data from public databases. Students will be provided a stipend of $500/week, dormitory housing and transportation. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and an undergraduate during the entire period. We especially encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science to apply. To apply, please send a personal statement that describes your research interests and how this REU will support your professional goals (no more than half a page), a resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, and the contact details of two professional references (including title, how you know them, phone number and email address) to Dr. Julienne Ng ( Applications close 4th March, 2016. Please direct any questions to Dr. Julienne Ng ( Posted: 2/1/16.

University of Florida: The Ryan lab is recruiting a motivated undergraduate for a summer research internship on the spatial ecology of vector-borne disease through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU project will be part of a larger NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases project to model effects of climate, land use, and socioeconomic conditions on vector-borne disease transmission. The project explores a range of diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, and others. More about the larger project can be found on NSF’s website: press release | award. The REU student will receive training in spatial ecological modeling, particularly Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM), and can develop a research project using existing empirical data on vectors for dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and malaria, collected at multiple scales in Latin America. The student will have the opportunity to work closely with PIs in Florida, and remotely across multiple institutions, including in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. This position will be based in Gainesville, Florida, hosted jointly in the Geography Department and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI). The student will thus have the opportunity to interact with multiple students and faculty working on spatially explicit health questions, across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The position starts in May, with the opportunity to attend a small modeling workshop at UF. The position runs for 12 weeks with a stipend of $6500. Funded opportunities exist to continue and expand on this work, for the interested and motivated candidate. The ideal candidate will have a career interest in spatial modeling, GIS, disease ecology, epidemiology, or public health research. A background in geography, ecology, infectious disease biology, and mathematical modeling or quantitative methods is desired but not required. Spanish speaking/reading is a plus. Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, contact information for two references, and a one page statement about research interests, experience, and career goals to Sadie Ryan Please include “REU position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on March 15. Posted: 2/22/16.

University of Florida: As part of a National Science Foundation’s IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) program, we are looking for 5 students to participate in a wildlife research program in Swaziland, Africa, from mid-May to the end of July. Student will be a part of a study abroad program and then undertake individual research projects to test hypotheses regarding how land-use change and agricultural intensification influence wildlife biodiversity and ecosystem services. See our website for details. This is a competitive program, and students will receive 1) plane fare, 2) fully-funded 3 week study abroad course, 3) a 6-week paid internship, 4) food and accommodation. There will be 3 cohorts (2016-2018) of 5 students selected each year. The program is limited juniors and seniors from the U.S. who are enrolled in school and who have taken at least 3 credits of general ecology. Interested students should apply on our website with the following materials as one PDF file before December 1, 2015: 1) An essay detailing why this international experience in Swaziland will be beneficial to their academic and career goals. 2) A curriculum vitae. 3) A copy of academic transcripts. 4) A letter from an academic mentor. Posted: 10/12/15.

University of Georgia: Drs. Amy Rosemond and Seth Wenger are soliciting applications for an REU position at the Coweeta LTER site for summer 2016. This project will focus on quantifying patterns in stream temperature and examining the effects on processing rates and retention of terrestrial carbon inputs. This includes deploying temperature recorders in multiple streams in the Southern Appalachians, as well as quantifying the relationship between stream temperature and leaf decomposition. The latter part will be accomplished by using short term incubations of leaf litter from a fast-decaying species (red maple) and slower-decaying species (rhododendron) along a gradient in temperature. The position runs from June 1 to August 10 and includes a competitive stipend. Applicants must be current undergraduate students who are planning on continuing full-time enrollment fall semester, 2016. Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to Dr. Amy Rosemond: Deadline: Friday, April 29th. Posted: 4/14/16.

University of Georgia: Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2016 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Ecology of Infectious Diseases. We are excited about the program, which strives to integrate experimental biological science with computational methods and techniques to investigate a variety of areas in infectious disease research. Our goal is to recruit both students with a background in biology, with the intent of introducing them to computational techniques, and also students with a background in mathematics and/or computer science, in order to give them experience in data collection in a laboratory setting. Dates: May 23-July 22, 2016 (9 weeks). Students will receive a $4725 stipend for the summer, free housing at the University of Georgia, and up to $300 travel assistance to Athens, GA. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories and have not yet obtained an undergraduate degree. To Apply: - Complete the online application at - Send transcripts (unofficial is ok) to - Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to To be considered, all application materials should be received by February 15, 2016. For more information, please see the link above or contact Dr. John Drake, program director, at Posted: 2/10/16.

University of Idaho: The Parent lab is looking for an undergraduate student to assist with field research in the Galapagos Islands. The undergraduate student will spend 10 weeks (May 30th - August 5th, within the NSF-funded REU program in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Idaho) conducting research under the guidance of two graduate students investigating island biogeography, invertebrate physiology, and biomechanics. The research will involve traveling to the Galapagos Islands, hiking long distances with field equipment on difficult terrain, backpacking and camping in remote locations, and working long hours in the laboratory to measure physiological response and biomechanical variables in terrestrial invertebrates. The student will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research and present the results in the form of a poster at a research symposium at the end of the program. We are looking for applicants with some or all of the following experience and skills: - Prior research in biology, ecology, wildlife management, or physiology - Ability to travel internationally (passport) - Ability to speak Spanish - Experience backpacking and camping in remote locations - Patience and attention to details. To apply, follow instructions here. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 15, 2016. If you have questions, please contact: Dr. Christine Parent ( Posted: 1/29/16.

University of Kansas We are seeking an undergraduate student or recent graduate to conduct research supporting an ongoing project aimed at understanding relationships between climate/weather and insect outbreaks in agricultural and forest systems. The researcher will, with the help of mentors, design and carry out a study relevant to the goals of the project. Current research foci include: 1) effects of climate on the synchrony of insect populations, and 2) long-term population dynamic patterns and impacts of climate change on outbreak frequency and severity. Student research projects could, for example, focus on specific taxa or geographic areas, or articulate new, related questions. Activities will include data acquisition and processing, statistical analysis and/or mathematical modeling, and written documentation and oral presentation of results; training and mentorship will be provided. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with and receive training in quantitative ecological research and to develop relationships with a number of outstanding scientists. This position will be housed in the lab of Dan Reuman. The student will be primarily mentored by Jon Walter, and will also interact with other members of the Reuman lab and external collaborators including Derek Johnson (Virginia Commonwealth University), Tony Ives (University of Wisconsin), and John Tooker (Penn State). Compensation is $10-15/hr depending on experience, with the expectation of 40-hour work weeks from June-August. Exact start and end dates to be negotiated. The most important characteristics of any candidate is that he/she is self-motivated, hard-working, creative, and eager to learn. The ideal candidate also has a demonstrated background and interest in at least one of: population ecology, mathematics, statistics, or computer science. Prior research experience as well as familiarity with software such as R, Matlab or GIS are major plusses. To apply, please send the following materials to Jon Walter at 1) a 1-page letter describing your background, goals and interest in the position, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) names and contact information for three references. For full consideration, please submit your application by March 7. Posted: 2/24/16.

University of Nevada, Reno The Voyles Lab is looking for an undergraduate student to assist with NSF-funded research through the REU program. The research is focused on amphibian chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease that has been linked to amphibian declines in Panama and around the world. The REU project will focus on host-responses to infection and may help guide conservation strategies for amphibians in the region. The selected student will spend 10-12 weeks in Panama conducting field and laboratory research. The student will work collaboratively with a postdoctoral researcher and graduate students under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Voyles (U. Nevada, Reno) and Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki (U. of Pittsburgh). The student will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research, be involved with data analysis and writing for publication. Prospective applicants should note that the research often involves considerable physical challenges, including traveling to Panama, hiking long distances with field equipment, backpacking and camping in remote locations, and working long hours in uncomfortable weather conditions. We are looking for applicants with some or all of the following experience and skills: - Prior research experience in microbiology, physiology or ecology, including laboratory and field research. - Ability to travel internationally (i.e., holds a current U.S. passport that will be valid for the next 6 months) - Ability to speak Spanish - Driver's license and previous experience with 4-wheel drive, manual transmission vehicles - Experience backpacking and camping in remote locations - Patience, a strong work ethic, appreciation for details and interpersonal communication skills. To apply, please send a Letter of Interest, CV, and contact information to request three letters of recommendation to: Jamie Voyles and Goncalo Rosa (see email contacts below). Review of applications will begin Feb 25, 2016. For questions an more information, please contact: Goncalo Rosa (, Jamie Voyles ( Posted: 2/10/16.

University of Nevada, Reno REU: "The Value of Snow". REU research teams will work in the Eastern Sierra Region of Nevada, specifically within the Lake Tahoe Basin and the surrounding northwestern Great Basin high desert. The program will encompass a wide range of interdisciplinary research, examining the various approaches to assessing, modeling, and managing water resources in the context of global climate change and diminishing snowpack. Participants will gain exposure to diverse scientific inquiries and technologies in order to glean how the socioeconomic and natural sciences inform land use policy and adaptive management of economic and natural resources. The program will take place during the ten consecutive weeks of 6 June through 12 August 2016. Students in the program will be provided a stipend of $4750, plus housing. The application deadline is Friday, March 18th, 2016. More information. Posted: 1/23/16.

University of Notre Dame: A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available for summer 2016 to study insect ecology under the supervision of Dr. Gary Belovsky. The position will be based at the National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge in Moiese, Montana. The REU student will be part of a research team examining grasshopper ecology in western Montana. Potential projects include examining grasshopper population dynamics or species interactions (competition, predation, etc). We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a solid academic record, and a strong interest in field ecology. The REU will be working as part of a team, which can include working outside for long periods in unpredictable weather and conditions, and which requires the ability to work independently as well as contribute to a positive group dynamic. The duration of the study is from June 1 to mid-August. The REU student will earn a stipend of $4500. Research supplies, lodging, and travel to/from Montana will be provided. Review of applications will begin after mid-March and continue until filled. 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. Please email applications as a single pdf document (including: 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) to Jennifer Belovsky ( Posted: 3/9/16.

University of Pittsburgh The Richards-Zawacki lab invites undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania. This position is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The successful applicant will design and carry out a study using physical models deployed in the field to investigate differences in the thermal biology of co-occurring amphibian hosts and how these differences might translate to differences in susceptibility to chytridiomycosis. The student will also work collaboratively with other members of the Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium pathogens, the fungi that cause chytridiomycosis. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation and a stipend of $500/week. To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ( Applications are due March 4, 2016. Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr. Richards-Zawacki ( Posted: 1/27/16.

University of Puerto Rico: Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution – Summer 2016. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 30 - August 5. Application deadline: 28 February 2016. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Aquatic insect ecology - Web-spinning spider ecology - Plant-animal interactions - Plant population biology - Soil and leaf litter fungal diversity. 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. NSF 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 2016 that are US citizens or permanent residents. Application materials and further information can be found at Posted: 12/15/15.

University of Tennessee: The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its eight-week long Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers (SRE). The program will be held June 6 - July 29, 2016, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields, as well as high school teachers in biology and mathematics, will live on campus and work in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to conduct research. This year's research topics include human emotion modeling, spread of mice and hantavirus, molecular dynamics simulations, organelle movements in plant cells, and development of computer games for teaching biology. Stipend and housing are provided along with some funding for travel. Application Deadline: February 12, 2016. For more information and how to apply, see the links above or contact Kelly Sturner, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director of Education and Outreach, Posted: 12/22/15.

University of Texas: Announcing a summer 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 'Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions' at The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute. Further information may be found at the link above. Student applications are due February 17, 2016. Posted: 1/29/16.

University of Texas: Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel candidate in the United States. Led by Prof. Tom Juenger at the University of Texas, our labs (see complete list of collaborators on website below) collectively study the ecology, genetics/genomics, physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of Switchgrass. We are seeking a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting a variety of research in Switchgrass biology across field sites at these universities. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in mentored independent research as part of the interdisciplinary work we carry out on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass to future climate change. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Each position is supported for 8-10 weeks beginning the first week of June. Students are awarded a $4500 stipend, plus a housing and food allowance. Undergraduates in their 2nd or 3rd year, who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying in the U.S, are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing any relevant research experience, along with their motivation for joining our research group, and include a copy of their current transcript (unofficial transcript or screenshots are acceptable). Applicants should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to: Dr. Brandon Campitelli (, Subject: Switchgrass REU 2016. More information regarding this opportunity. Posted: 1/16/16.

University of Texas El Paso: REU Opportunity Summer 2016: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity”. The UTEP Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity. This is a 10 week summer program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity. The program provides: • High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab • Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP • One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields • Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills The program includes: • $5250 stipend for 10 weeks • Housing in shared apartments and field station • Travel reimbursement of up to $600. For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit the link above. Enquiries: Deadline: 3/15/16. Posted: 2/23/16.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute: Research in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems, May 31 – August 4, 2016. Eight research fellowships will be available for the summer of 2016, for undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects on topics such as: · Biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling · Watershed processes, land-sea interactions · Estuarine ecology, Community ecology · Seagrass and marsh ecosystems · Zooplankton and phytoplankton ecology · Fish ecology, behavior, and connectivity · Coastal and organic geochemistry. The Marine Science Institute is located in Port Aransas, on 72 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. REU projects will take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, such as shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, marshes, and estuaries, including the 185,000-acre Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. · Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. · Stipends: Students will receive a summer stipend of $5000 for the 10-week program, full room and board, a research allowance, and a travel allowance. · APPLY! for forms and instructions · Deadline for applications is February 16, 2016. Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Deana Erdner at Posted: 1/22/16.

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 $5775 stipend, funds for research supplies, 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. This is a truly wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science. To apply: Deadline: March 1, 2016. Posted: 12/17/15.

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in Mathematical Ecology this summer (June 6 – August 12). A team of mathematical, biological, and federal scientists will be mentoring two groups of four students each, with the following projects: Modeling and Analysis of the Indiana Bat Subject to Multiple Extinction Stressors. Leaders: Eric Eager (Math) and Richard Erickson (U.S. Geological Survey) and Combining Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Better Understand the Persistence of Waterfowl Disease in the Upper Mississippi River. Leaders: James Peirce (Math) and Gregory Sandland (Biology). If you are aware of any students that would be interested in this REU, please have them check out the following webpage for instructions on how to apply. Room, board, a $5000 stipend, travel to and from the site, as well as travel to a conference to present the results of this work are included as a part of the program. The priority deadline for applicants is March 1, with the firm deadline being March 15. Posted: 2/17/16.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: We seek to hire a continuing undergraduate student to work within a landscape fragmentation experiment to understand the long-term impacts of habitat connectivity on plant community assembly and diversity. Our field site is at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. The REU student will be involved in a part of the research project that asks: How dynamic is plant diversity spillover in a connected vs fragmented landscape? The REU student will take the lead in this area and work with Dr. Damschen and her Ph.D student to formulate methods and analysis. As a part of this project the student will work with the Ph.D student to help collect plant community data and canopy cover. Additionally, the REU student will support the main experiment by performing vegetation sampling, collecting plant functional traits, and biomass collection. The student will work in the lab of Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and be directly mentored and supervised by her graduate student. While in South Carolina, the student will work and interact with the project PIs, graduate students, technicians, and local US Forest Service resource managers. The position gives a stipend of $400 per week and provides funds for project materials. Applicants should be an undergraduate and plan to enroll for full time in Fall 2015. Successful candidates should have experience with plant identification and be able to endure hot and humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience, strong organizational skills, perseverance, and the desire to quickly learn the longleaf pine forest understory flora are mandatory. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-US citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. Review of applicants will begin on March 14, 2016. To apply, please email Quinn Sorenson ( CV and a cover letter describing past experience, why this opportunity interests you, and why you are a strong candidate for this position. Additionally, please supply dates of availability, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references. Posted: 2/24/16.

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University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center: UNDERC offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2016. Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 3 credits/summer… $3,500 stipend. UNDERC-East: (May 16 – July 22) 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, and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology. In addition, each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor. UNDERC-West: (June 4 – August 12): Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife, grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. Course modules like those at UNDERC-East include wildlife ecology, grassland ecology, and montane ecology, as well as an environmental history/Native American ecology module. Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East). These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the field. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Four openings are reserved for students of Native American heritage and four openings are reserved for students from Puerto Rico. Additional information and applications are available online ( or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director ( or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC-West Assistant Director ( APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 13 NOVEMBER. Posted: 10/30/15, revised: 11/9/15.

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