Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for two field ecology interns to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2015. The major project will be to resample ~75-100 permanent forest vegetation plots on Highstead’s 100+ acre preserve. Interns will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification. Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-minute final presentation for Highstead staff. The internship will likely include opportunities to visit/conduct field work at the Harvard Forest and the Quabbin Reservoir Forest in Massachusetts and perhaps other field sites in Northern Connecticut.
Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, plant ecology, or related field. Applicants should have previous experience with field work. Successful applicants must (1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges (2)be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny (i.e. Japanese barberry, multiflora rose) shrub layers (3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database.
Interns will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s ecologist with some supervision by Highstead’s operations director.
Position Dates: Monday, May 25 - Friday, August 7, 2015
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to email@example.com; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject.
Accepting applications immediately. Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.
Huyck Preserve offers an internship for undergraduate students who are interested in conducting ecological field research. Similar to the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, interns work with scientific professionals, conduct and present original research, and gain valuable professional experience at a biological field station that has a rich history of launching prominent ecologists' careers.
Residential internship at the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station
Four highly qualified undergraduate students will be selected each summer.
Full-time internship for the duration of eight weeks
The internship is unpaid, however housing and equipment is provided
Arrangements for college credit may be possible and must be made with the applicant’s home institution.
Applications are Due second Friday of March by 5:00 PM
The Louis Calder Center, the Biological Field Station of Fordham University, is offering a summer NSF-funded research program for undergraduate students in 2015. Our NSF-REU site provides paid research opportunities for talented and enthusiastic undergraduate students interested in conducting independent research in ecology, conservation and field biology. This program strongly encourages students from under-represented groups in science to apply.
10-week program: June 8 to August 14, 2015.
$5,000 stipend including housing and travel support
Application deadline: February 2, 2015
Students will collaborate with faculty mentors to develop an independent research project. A sample of some of the potential student projects for 2015 includes:
Diversity/abundance of carrion beetles along an urban-to-rural gradient
Cause of cyanobacterial blooms in a suburban lake
Bat activity in New York City
Energy use and seasonality in nymphal deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis
Role of climate change on the evolution of introduced herbaceous plants
Molecular ecology of coyotes in the Bronx and Westchester County, NY
Differentiation of chimpmunks in the northeastern US
Genetic assessment of multiple microbial infections in blacklegged ticks near New York City
Examine responses of plants, fungi and microbes to urbanization
The nutritional role of algae in stream food webs
Ecology of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Ades albopictus, in southern New York State
The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges (see 2015 research projects and 2014 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is a competitive program funded by the National Science Foundation (Award No. 1262634).
Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment provides a truly interdisciplinary and hands-on experience in field biology and atmospheric science. Students engage with all phases of research, from hypothesis formulation and data gathering to analysis, interpretation, and communication of scientific findings.
During this nine-week program, students will:
Work closely with a selected mentor/professor as part of an on-going research project
Design, conduct, analyze, and report on a research project of their own
Participate in special workshops and group discussions designed to provide the philosophical bases and technical tools needed to carry out scientific research.
Duration: June 23 - August 22, 2015.
Compensation: REU is funded by the National Science Foundation. REU students receive a stipend of $5,000, travel and research supplies allowance, and room and board expenses at UMBS.
Eligibility: REU students must be of at least junior status by the fall term following their REU participation. Seniors with a graduation date before August are not eligible. Participants also must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.