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University of South Dakota REU, Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience) 2/19/18 11/3/17
Texas A&M University REU, Ecohydrology Of Tropical Montane Forests in Costa Rica 1/20/18 10/25/17
University of Freiburg (Germany) Summer Undergraduate internship utilizing hyperspectral imagery of experimental forested stands 12/15/17 11/7/17
Auburn University REU, Warm-water Aquatic Ecology  10/24/17 10/24/17
University of Washington REU - fire, wolves, and herbivory (Sept. and April) 6/21/17 6/7/17
University of California Santa Barbara REU, nutrient cycling, soil microbes, litter decomposition  6/7/17 6/7/17

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Auburn University: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Warm-water Aquatic Ecology, Auburn, Alabama, USA. Summer 2018: June 3 to August 12. 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 a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with two or more mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, statistics, hydrology, conservation, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from June 3 to August 12, 2018 (10 weeks). Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2018 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply. Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 15 January 2018. International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Alan Wilson ( Posted: 10/24/17.

Texas A&M University: 2018 Summer Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Ecohydrology Of Tropical Montane Forests – Diversity In Science, Interdisciplinary Breadth, And Global Awareness. The 10-week summer program (May 29- August 3, 2018) includes 5 weeks at the TAMU Soltis Center for Education and Research (Costa Rica) and 5 weeks on the campus of TAMU (College Station, Texas, USA) APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! The goal of this NSF-sponsored REU is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane cloud forest. Students will have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors at the Soltis Center near San Isidro in central Costa Rica( Past years of this REU program (2011-2013) resulted in several students enrolling in graduate school and publishing work from their research, in addition to gaining a rich cultural immersion and unique opportunity to conduct research in a tropical montane forest. Eligibility: Undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older (on March 1, 2018), be currently enrolled in a major in the earth or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, expect to graduate no earlier than December 2018, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for 6 months past the REU summer. Additional details are located on the REU website. Support: Accepted students will received a $500 per week stipend for all 10 weeks and will have all travel and accommodation expenses covered. The program does not cover meals (on and off-campus) while in Texas or all off-campus expenses in Costa Rica, such as zip lining, adventure tours, white water rafting, etc. For more information about the REU selection process, program, and study area, please visit our website. You are invited to view photos of previous Costa Rica REU programs. For general inquiries and questions about our application, contact: or the program leaders, Dr. Georgianne Moore (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management) and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (Civil Engineering). Applications close: January 20, 2018. Posted: 10/25/17.

University of California Santa Barbara: Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre’s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE. The student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects. - First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil ‘types’ within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils’ potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape. - Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment. The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student’s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore ‘loss’ and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics. If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end. Posted: 6/7/17.

University of Freiburg: The Institute of Geobotany - Department of Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, seeks applications for a funded 3-month summer internship under the Research Internships in Science and Engineering program of the German Academic Exchange Service. The internship will focus on quantifying the effects of tree diversity on productivity in experimental mixtures, using unmanned aerial system hyperspectral data coupled with common field sampling techniques. The intern will assist a PhD student (under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen) with summer-2018 field data collection, and analysis of ground and remotely sensed vegetation data, using a UAS and other novel tools coupled with common laboratory techniques. The project will tentatively start May-June 2018. The supervising PhD student is a native English speaker from the USA (Penn State University graduate). Please feel free to share this offer with any prospective students. Candidates are encouraged to apply early - the application deadline is December 15, 2017. Undergraduate students from the USA, UK, or Canada, are eligible to apply. Please refer to the DAAD RISE website for details on stipend, housing, and other information regarding the program, and please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Link to the online application: (reference number: FreiburgimBreisgau_BI_2905). Posted: 11/7/17.

University of South Dakota: The Sustainability Program is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).” Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity. In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River. The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project. Research projects for the summer of 2018 are: · Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds · Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology · Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs · Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database · Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River · Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River · Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River · Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River · Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes. The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 29 May 2018 to 3 August 2018. Students participating in the project will receive a $5,500 stipend plus additional funding for food, housing, and travel. This project is open to any undergraduate student, but students from community or tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for the project can be submitted now through 19 February 2018 via the link above. Posted: 11/3/17.

University of Washington: The Predator Ecology Lab is offering an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) studying fire, wolves, and herbivory. This position is a paid undergraduate research opportunity with mentoring and will run from September 2017 through April 2018. The student will conduct an independent research project to increase our understanding of deer herbivory in the face of fire and wolf recolonization. The selected REU student will conduct plant surveys as part of our field crew for 2.5 weeks in September and 2.5 weeks in late April in north central Washington and work with a mentor to analyze data in between field seasons, specific start/end dates to be determined. More details available at the link above. Applications due June 21, 2017. Posted: 6/7/17.

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Field Biology Program at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center Your own field research … Classes in the field … 3 credits/summer Tuition and housing provided and a summer stipend ($3500 East, $4000 West)!!! Apply now for UNDERC-East and -West for summer of 2018! These programs promote understanding of field biology and how field research is conducted through 10 weeks in the wilds. It begins with a summer at UNDERC-East in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and then the opportunity for a second summer at -West in Montana. UNDERC-East is open to 28 sophomores/juniors from any college/university. From the UNDERC-East class, 8 students (juniors or seniors) are selected for UNDERC-West. Each summer, you receive three-credits along with tuition, housing, travel between the Notre Dame campus and the site, and a stipend ($3500 at East, $4000 at West). 1) UNDERC-East (May 21– July 27): 8000 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests owned by Notre Dame and a core site in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) that are home to abundant wildlife (including beaver, porcupine, black bear, deer, loon). Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology with each providing background information, field research exercises, and group research projects designed by the class. Five or more weeks are spent by each student designing and conducting their own field research project under direction of faculty or graduate students. Projects have ranged from fish, insect and mammal behavior and ecology to forest, lake and stream ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use. 2) UNDERC-West (June 6 – August 15, pre-requisite is UNDERC-East): Explore more than a million acres on the National Bison Range and Flathead Reservation that includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes that are home to abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lions and grizzly bear). 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 (in part during the cross-country drive to and from -West). Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. Recent projects have included invasive plant ecology, animal behavior and habitat relationships, grassland, forest, wetland and stream dynamics, and Native American plant and wildlife use. Applications and further information can be obtained at the UNDERC website, or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC East Assistant Director (, or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC West Assistant Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Monday, December 11, 2017. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Applicants are required to be present for the duration of the course. Posted: 10/13/17.

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