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Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/10/2017

1) Field research assistant for Hawaiian crow reintroduction program

Get hands on conservation and field research experience. Come work with the San Diego Zoo on their reintroduction efforts for ‘Alalā (Hawaiian crow). Research Assistants will work as part of a team responsible for the post-release monitoring and husbandry of ‘Alalā. Primary duties include: caring for birds in pre-release aviaries, radio tracking released individuals, preparing and provisioning supplementary food, assisting in recapture and transmitter attachment, monitoring behavior and condition of birds both during captivity and following release, detailed record keeping, and other duties as assigned. Staying overnight at remote sites will be required

The posting will close on April 23. Please see the following link for more information and how to apply: assistant-alala-reintroduction

2) REU and summer research positions-yucca moth pollination mutualism

We are seeking highly motivated undergraduates broadly interested in plant-insect interactions to assist with on-going research examining the basis of plant host use by yucca moth species.  The research includes recording pollination behavior, mating behavior, feeding by larvae, as well as measurement of insect morphology and plant morphology.  There is also an REU position to study the distribution of plant defensive chemistry across yucca species. Please inquire about the REU chemical ecology position if interested.

Student Experience: Students will work in a laboratory and outdoor setting. Moths are nocturnal and active from twilight to midnight.  Students will learn how to handle moths, conduct behavioral recordings, basic experimental design, and will receive training in species interactions.  Depending on student motivation, there is the possibility to design and implement an independent project.  The student will join a group of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting research on the patterns of host use by yucca moth pollinators (

Funding:  Students will be paid $12/hr for ten weeks.

Requirements:  Ability to work at night, stand for long periods of time, and work in changing weather conditions.  Good communication skills and ability to work in a team-setting is essential. Students will also need a personal vehicle to travel to local field sites.

Application process:  Please submit a CV, detailing any relevant skills, unofficial transcripts, and a one to two paragraph rationale for your interest in the position.  Arrange to have one letter of reference sent electronically to Dr. David Althoff at Application evaluation will begin May 5th and will continue until the position is filled.  Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Althoff at the above e-mail.

3) Research Assistant I/II – Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

Position Summary: A full-time position as a Research Assistant 1 or Research Assistant 2 is available in the MBL’s Ecosystems Center, to be filled by May 2017.

Additional Information: Candidates will do field work under challenging circumstances, should be comfortable dealing with boat operations, should know or be able to learn to carry out biogeochemical analyses in the laboratory, and will work extensively with spreadsheet data treatments, statistical analyses, and creating graphical data depictions. Sampling and other field work will largely take place in estuaries and salt marshes within the Cape Cod region, as well as occasionally elsewhere, such as mangrove swamps in Trinidad in the Caribbean. Appointment will be for a year, but could be extended.

Basic Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree in sciences.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the online application process: 1 – Cover Letter 2 – Resume/CV 3 – References: At least 2 with contact info 4 – A statement of professional goals APPLY ONLINE:

4) Bat Community Assessment Tech position

The Missouri Department of Conservation has an immediate opening for a full- time resource technician to work on a project focused on assessing the bat community in areas of potential wind energy development throughout northern Missouri. The project utilizes Wildlife Acoustics SM2Bat detectors to acoustically sample bats at over 100 sites. The sampling sites are visited multiple times during the sampling period running from mid-March through the mid-October. Technicians will primarily be responsible for deployment of detectors, vegetation sampling, and data entry. There is potential to conduct targeted mist-netting in areas where species of special interest have been detected acoustically.

General Responsibilities Include: ·         Locating sampling sites using GPS units and maps ·         Deployment and takedown of bat detectors ·         Vegetation sampling and tree identification ·         Operating ATVs ·         Driving trucks and towing ATV trailers ·         Carrying 50+ lbs. of equipment over rugged, uneven terrain (up to a ¼ mile) ·         Working outdoors in extreme and undesirable conditions, i.e., hot and cold temperatures ·         Filling out data sheets ·         Data entry using Microsoft Access ·         Limited mist-netting

Basic Qualifications: ·         Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife biology, or related field ·         Previous field experience ·         Willingness and ability to travel throughout the study area (northern Missouri) ·         Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks ·         Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility ·         Recognize a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions and solve problems ·         Maintain focus, remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity ·         Ability to communicate well with team members, supervisors, and the public ·         Ability to use Microsoft Access for data entry

Preferred Qualifications: ·         One or more years of field experience working on bat related projects ·         Experience with acoustic monitoring of bats and/or mist-netting ·         Experience using handheld GPS units and reading maps ·         Experience towing trailers ·         Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations

Special Notes: The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an “Employment Eligibility Verification” (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email as a single pdf attachment to For more information about the position, contact Jonathan Brooks ( or Matt Combes (

5) Student intern positions – Columbian ground squirrels/Rocky Mountains

Internship Description: We are looking for 4 interns interested in taking part in a field ecology project on Columbian ground squirrels. Positions will begin on May 15, 2017 and will finish on Aug 31, 2017. The project investigates the ecology of Columbian ground squirrels. As a member of the study, interns will be involved with monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation), reproduction and survival of individuals. Fieldwork will involve live-trapping and handling of animals, radio-telemetry, behavioural observation and assistance with the measurement of physiological (metabolism) traits on free-ranging animals. This is an excellent opportunity to gain training and experience working with a collaborative research team on a long-term study of a wild mammal. Opportunities for independent research projects are also available.

All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, other researchers working with ground squirrels on a diversity of projects in behavioural and population ecology. Additionally, a number of other researchers in the area are studying a range of species, from insects to large mammals.

International applicants: We welcome applications from all individuals. If applicants are not Canadians or permanent residents, there is the opportunity to enter Canada and complete the internship as a Visiting Research Student. To be eligible for this program, you must be an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or be in between degrees (e.g., following graduation from a bachelors degree and looking to pursue graduate school). As part of this program, applicants will be registered at the U of S in a non-credit activity and it is expected that you will gain a demonstrable educational benefit from being involved. We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to use this opportunity to pursue an independent research project. Applicants are eligible for this program for a maximum of 6 months per 12 month period. Application forms and information are available at If you are interested in this program, please contact us (contact details below) and we will guide you through the process.

Skills Required: These positions are best suited to applicants with interests in ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology, and/or physiological ecology. As evidence of this, applicants must either be enrolled in, or have graduated from, a relevant discipline. Successful applicants will need to be able to cope under these field conditions (including periods of time spent camping), enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive, responsible and work well as a member of a team. Evidence of these abilities (gained, for example, through previous involvement on field projects or extended back-packing trips) is expected.

Terms of Employment: Salary is not provided as part of these positions. Accommodation and food are provided. Volunteers are required to provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between the field station and Saskatoon is provided.

If you wish to apply for one of these posts then please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details for three references (with e-mail addresses), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below) ASAP. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. To ensure full consideration, please apply right away.

6) Research Internship on greenhouse gas fluxes from subtropical grazing lands

Starting date: Mid to end May/beginning June 2017. Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School. Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend.

Internship at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), a division of Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the Agro-Ecology Program.

The successful intern will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (University of Illinois) and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (MAERC). The intern will be exposed to research in biogeochemistry, grassland and wetland ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). Primarily, the intern will work on a project investigating how cattle grazing and fire affect the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and grazed pastures. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois (Drs. Evan H DeLucia, Carl J Bernacchi and Nuria Gomez-Casanovas), Cornell University (Dr. Jed Sparks) and MAERC (Drs. Elizabeth Boughton and Hilary Swain).

The successful intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to measure: net ecosystem CO2 exchange and soil greenhouse gas fluxes (N2O, CH4, CO2). Other fieldwork will include aboveground and belowground biomass, and soil collection. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements or a strong background (coursework) in biogeochemistry, but all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates with experiences that demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

Internships offer an opportunity for providing novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world: securing food in a sustainable way; and for learning how research works.

Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They typically work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships run for 6 months but are flexible in their duration.

The intern must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and provide their own transportation for personal activities. MAERC is a division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff, located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch which serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere. The Station cannot hire people without legal status to work in the U.S.

To apply for this internship, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and two letters of recommendation before 17 April 2017. Please email applications to: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas,

7) Field technician position: plant community and restoration ecology

A field technician position is available with Lars Brudvig’s research group at Michigan State University ( to assist with plant community and restoration ecology projects in Michigan.

Primary job duties will include plant community surveys and measurement of environmental (e.g., soil, light) parameters within prairies and oak savannas undergoing restoration, establishment and maintenance of experimental field plots, and lab/office work (e.g., sample processing, data entry and proofing).  The technician will work both independently and collaboratively with postdocs and graduate students in the lab.  The technician will also have the opportunity to spend (paid) time working with restoration practitioners on related projects.

Minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology or a similar field of study, previous research experience, the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid) field conditions, and a valid driver’s license.

Desired qualifications: Formal botanical training, knowledge of prairie and/or oak savanna flora, prior experience conducting vegetation surveys, and experience with restoration practice.

Positions will begin as early as May and no later than July 2017, and will last 6-9 months.  Applicants should indicate dates of availability in their application letter.

Pay rate will be $12.00/hour, for 40 hours/week.  The technician will spend time based out of Michigan State University’s main campus (East Lansing, MI) and Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI;, with daily and some overnight travel to field sites.  These travel expenses will be covered.

To apply: Email a CV and a letter describing your interest in this position, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig (  Review of application materials will begin on 14 April 2017; applications received after 21 April 2017 will not be considered.

8)  Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3-4 month position)

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health. Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.48 – 12.53 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for $145 per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 11 – June 25 and continuing through mid September to the end of October, depending on a candidate’s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate will need a driver’s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field work experience is preferred, but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Robert Srygley (  Be sure to include available start and end dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program visit: or contact us directly.

9) UC Santa Barbara NSF REU

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is available for one student in partnership with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Duration is 10 weeks, June 19-Aug 31, although these dates are flexible. We invite applications from qualified,highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 10-week lab and field based summer research experience. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the cycling of terrestrially and marine-derived organic matter in kelp forests and nearby marine sediments. The main objective of this project is to evaluate how the input of various kinds of organic matter affects nitrogen and carbon cycling in kelp forest ecosystems and surrounding regions and to develop a quantitative understanding of the potential supply of nutrients provided by these organic matter inputs. Applicants should possess a strong analytical chemistry background, an interest in fieldwork, and the desire to conduct an independent project. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2017.

Eligibility 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 chemistry, biology, ecology, or physics), and if you will still be an undergraduate in the fall term following the summer fellowship.  Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Application 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 as a single PDF, to Heili Lowman ( Please title file names and email subject lines with “REU Application – YOUR NAME”. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicant’s name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2017.

10) Research Technician/Lab Manager Position at University of New Hampshire

A full-time position of research technician is available at the University of New Hampshire in the lab of Dr. Adrienne Kovach.

We seek an experienced individual to perform a variety of laboratory research, organizational, and analytical tasks in the fields of molecular ecology and conservation genetics/genomics. The research technician will contribute to ongoing projects in the Kovach lab, including genetic and genomic analyses of adaptation and gene flow, landscape and conservation genetics, noninvasive genotyping for wildlife population monitoring and abundance estimation, and other studies integrating genetic and ecological data toward conservation management. More information can be found on the lab website:

The position is full-time for 1 year, with the opportunity for renewal upon satisfactory performance, and it provides a competitive salary with benefits.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities 1.         Perform routine molecular biology tasks – e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing, genotyping, next- generation sequencing library preparation 2.   Collect raw molecular genetic data (sequencing and genotyping data) 3.               Perform standard population genetic analyses 4.               Assist PI and lab members with analyses of molecular data 5.            Maintain records (hard copy and digital laboratory notebooks) of research work 6.  Assist and supervise undergraduate students in the laboratory 7.            Manage day-to-day organization and functions of the lab, under direction of PI 8.               Assist with or conduct supplies inventory and ordering 9.             Work cooperatively and collaboratively with PI, graduate students, and other laboratory members 10.               Additional duties as assigned; may include: assisting in development of molecular assays, analysis of next-generation sequencing data, and assigning with preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences (biology, genetics, ecology, conservation biology, wildlife) At least 2 years prior experience conducting molecular laboratory work. Basic laboratory bench skills, including PCR, DNA sequencing, and genotyping

Additional Desirable Qualifications Graduate degree with thesis or dissertation research in molecular ecology Experience with population genetics analyses Experience with next generation sequencing, library preparation, and data analysis Collaborative research experience Skills and interest in report and manuscript writing Proficiency in R Skills in bioinformatics GIS skills

To apply Applications should include 1) a cover letter describing skills, qualifications and motivation for applying, 2) a CV, and 3) a list of references; and should be submitted online: and also emailed to Please contact Adrienne Kovach at with any questions.

11) Summer Research Assistants, Duke Biogeochemistry, Bernhardt Lab

The Bernhardt lab at Duke University is an interdisciplinary team conducting aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry research. This summer we are seeking enthusiastic and detail-oriented research assistants to join several ongoing research projects exploring,

  • the effects of increased salt-water incusion/intrusion on North Carolina’s coastal ecosystem and communities, •how the rates and patterns of stream metabolism vary within and across streams, •how development configuration and connectivity influences the delivery of stormwaters and storm- borne contaminants in urban streams, and •environmental implications of nanomaterials on ecosystem processes.

Candidates will gain hands on experience with a variety of biogeochemistry field sampling methods (e.g. water, soil, vegetation) in a variety of systems throughout North Carolina and beyond, as well as experience with sample processing and analytical methods. Interns will be working with a large group of post-doctoral associates, graduate students and research technicians affiliated with the Bernhardt lab and Duke River Center.

Applicants must be comfortable spending long days outside and willing to endure potentially strenuous field conditions. Undergraduate course work and prior lab experience in biogeochemistry, ecology, and environmental science is preferred but not required to apply.

Openings are full-time term positions available from May through August 2017. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application. We will be accepting application until Tuesday April 18, 2017.

Please submit 1) a brief cover letter, 2) a single page resume and 3) contact information for two references in a single PDF file to Steve Anderson ( For more information on our research visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

12) Orchard Interpretation Intern

How to Apply: Please visit our employment web page to apply directly through our online portal:

Description The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), is recruiting an Orchard Interpretation Intern to join our AmeriCorps program to assist the interpretive division and the park horticulturist with the development and presentation of orchard interpretive materials for the historic orchards of Capitol Reef National Park. The intern will work as a partner between the interpretation division and the natural resource divisions to develop, improve, create and present interpretive materials and presentations regarding horticulture and the historic orchards of Capitol Reef National Park. Presentations may include multimedia shows, structured and impromptu talks, guided tours, and on- and off-site programs. The intern will be based out of the interpretive division and will be responsible for learning about Capitol Reef National Park and the historic orchards and disseminating information regarding resource education and protection to the public at the visitor center desk, developing and presenting interpretive orchard programs including an evening program, porch talk and orchard walk, and assisting the interpretive and natural resource divisions with improving orchard publications or informational items.

The intern will be interacting with the public and national park visitors on a daily basis. The intern should be courteous and passionate about education, interpretation and visitor outreach. The intern will be spending about 40% of their time working at the visitor center desk, 30% of their time working on orchard outreach presentations and interpretive documents, and 30% of their time giving interpretive programs to audiences of 5-50 people. The intern may assist with some other interpretive duties such as programs regarding other topics and assistance with development of additional interpretive documents.  The intern may also assist with park outreach through social media including orchard updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The ideal intern will have a background in interpretation and/or education and be comfortable interacting with the public and public speaking. The visitor center can experience high visitation during summer months and good people skills and patience are required skills. The intern should have experience developing educational programs for a variety of audiences, including children and adults from multi-cultural backgrounds. The intern should be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint.  The ideal intern will also have social media skills to assist with park outreach.

Compensation •Living Allowance: $7,626 (allocated biweekly) •Education Award: $2,887.50 (May be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans.) •Health and dental benefits •Housing: The park will provide housing in a 5-6-bedroom dormitory. The intern will have a private room with a shared bath, shared kitchen and common areas. The dormitory includes all appliances, coin-operated washer and dryer, some kitchen pots, pans and dishes.  Internet service may be provided. Heat, electricity and water are included. A phone is available in each dorm and long distance calls can be made with a calling card. Housing is located approximately a 5 minute walk from the duty station. No pets allowed in NPS housing.

Timeline •Early May – Late October 2017 (26-week appointment)

Location Capitol Reef National Park is located near Torrey, UT. The location is remote. The nearest gas station is 10 miles away and the nearest grocery store is approximately 35 miles away. A personal vehicle is required for travel/transport outside of work. There is currently no cell service in housing or near the duty station and it is spotty in other locations. Reliable cellular service is usually only found when nearing Torrey. The intern should find living in a remote location desirable. Located in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef NP is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges. In addition to unique geological resources, the park also has a rich cultural history.

Qualifications •Bachelor’s degree – or coursework and relevant experience – in Environmental Education, Natural Resource Management or related field; •Previous experience developing and presenting interpretive programs for a diverse audience; •Comfortable interacting with the public and public speaking; •Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; •Willingness to work to accomplish the goals and mission of the NPS and GBI; •Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion; •Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate an off-highway vehicle, as well as a 4WD pickup on paved and unpaved roads;  and •Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply Please visit our employment web page to apply directly through our online portal:

13) REU opportunity on grassland ecology

The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is looking for motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2017. The participant will work with graduate students, technicians and postdocs to assist with ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments, vegetation and soil sampling, and other field surveys at several field sites across the US. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to work with Sala Lab members and the PI to develop a personalized project.

Activities will primarily be based at either the Jornada basin (Las Cruces, NM) or Konza Prairie (Manhattan, KS) with possible field trips (1-2 weeks in duration) between these sites and our third location, the Semi-arid Grasslands Research Center (north of Fort Collins, CO). The successful applicants are awarded a stipend, which includes cost of travel, lodging, and food.

About the Jornada The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program is focused on the ecology of drylands in the southwest USA, including the causes and consequences of alternative ecosystem states and the expansion of woody plants into grasslands resulting in more “desert like” conditions. By conducting long-term precipitation manipulation experiments, we are interested in how long-term changes to precipitation amount and variability affect ecosystem functioning. More information on the LTER is available at

About Konza Prairie The Konza Prairie LTER is centered on one of the most productive grasslands in North America – the tallgrass prairie. The Konza LTER program has focused on fire, grazing, and climatic variability as three critical and interactive drivers that affect ecological patterns and processes in grasslands worldwide. In the context of the Sala Lab, Konza Prairie is one site across a precipitation gradient where we specifically address how changes to precipitation affect above versus belowground primary production. We also ask what mechanisms, such as plant allocation or belowground herbivory, may be driving plant responses to precipitation change. More information on the LTER is available at

Eligibility Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.

Prior Fieldwork Experience required.

How to apply Applications are evaluated upon submission, and positions will be filled as long as funding is available. Please send application materials to the Sala Lab postdoc Dr. Laureano Gherardi (e-mail: by April 14, 2017.

Application materials must include: Cover Letter Resume or CV Unofficial undergraduate transcript

14) Summer Field Tech in California and Vancouver (Monkeyflowers)

JOB SUMMARY Interested in ecology and plants? Want to work outside in California? The Angert lab ( at the University of British Columbia is recruiting a technician to help with a field study looking at how plants adapt to climate. For this project, we have established large experimental gardens of scarlet monkeyflower in California (San Diego and Plumas counties). We are looking for a highly-motivated technician to work full-time (40 hrs/wk) from May to September (start and end dates are somewhat flexible). A competitive monthly stipend will be offered based on experience.

LOCATIONS Field sites in California (San Diego and Plumas Counties) Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Data collection and entry Field site maintenance (weeding, irrigation, etc. – physically demanding) Frequent travel between field sites

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related scientific discipline Research experience in biology or a related discipline Ability to work outside in remote locations and under variable weather Ability to work independently in person and remotely Excellent communication skills Current and valid State-issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record

DESIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS Knowledge of and interest in plant biology, ecology, and/or evolution Prior field research experience Solid outdoors experience

APPLICATION Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact info for 2-3 references to Chris Muir ( We will consider applications as they arrive, so please apply as soon as possible for full consideration.

15) Undergraduate field research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA

OVERVIEW An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship is open for one student to participate in a project studying Sierra Nevada amphibians affected by a chytrid fungal pathogen, and the role of the skin microbiome in disease resistance. The aim of this research is to understand if symbiotic microbes on the skin of frogs explain why some frog populations are able to co- exist with the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), while other frog populations suffer catastrophic declines. The successful candidate will work closely with a senior researcher to conduct surveys of frog population persistence, pathogen infection status, and symbiotic microbes.  This work entails strenuous long-distance hiking, back-packing, handling of sensitive amphibians, and collection of microbial skin swabs. The incumbent will receive experience and training in field ecology, disease ecology, and microbial ecology.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY To be considered for this position, you must have have extensive backpacking experience, including backpacking at high elevations (>10,000 feet). Must be able to safely carry a heavy pack long distances over rugged terrain, be comfortable spending days to weeks in the backcountry, working in remote areas often in uncomfortable conditions (e.g., inclement weather, mosquitoes, no access to phone, internet, running water while in the backcountry) and be in excellent physical condition. You must have a strong work ethic and a passion for field research, as well as the sensitivity and attention to detail required for handling fragile amphibians. Must have own backpacking equipment, including broken-in boots, tent, and pack. The ideal candidate will have a passion for field research and a strong interest in microbial ecology or disease ecology.

You must be an undergraduate student (enrolled in a degree program in biology, ecology, or related field, part-time or full-time, leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree); students graduating in Spring 2017 generally are not eligible. Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

SUPPORT, DATES, LOCATION This fellowship includes a stipend of $500/week. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL). Some funds to assist with travel to SNARL are available. Dates of the field work are approximately July 12 through August 30. Exact dates to be determined based on snow pack conditions and field site accessibility.

APPLICATIONS Applications should include the following: current transcripts (unofficial OK), resume, 2-3 references (include reference’s name, position, affiliation, and context from which he/she knows you), and a statement of interest specifically describing (1) why you are interested in the position, (2) your qualifications, including field research and experience backpacking at high elevations and in remote areas, and (3) your professional goals. Also specify your dates of availability.

Where to send applications: Send all application materials, PREFERABLY AS A SINGLE PDF FILE, to Andrea Jani ( Subject line for all application emails should include “summer REU” and your name.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19. Incomplete applications will not be considered.