REU Program in Sensory Ecology at UC

Summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati – the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Sensory Ecology. http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/undergrad/REU.html Our program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Ten sophomore and junior Biology major students will be chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:.

* Genomics and development of sensory systems * Neural mechanisms of sensory system function * Neuromuscular coordination and control of locomotion
* Genetic mechanisms of neuroendocrine function, development and behavior
* Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment * Neuroethology
* Animal communication
* Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal * Sexual selection and evolution

The REU Site will emphasize interdisciplinary training, and introduce undergraduates to team-oriented research. An educational program will develop student research and professional skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

* 10 weeks in summer (June 2 – August 8, 2014)
* Students will receive a summer stipend ($5,000) plus dorm and meal expenses
* Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs and grad students

* Weekly group seminars and meetings for students over lunch

– Research presentations, progress updates, readings w/discussions – Career development, responsible research conduct, panel discussions – Demonstration of lab techniques by individual labs
* Social events for students (e.g., trips to Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Reds baseball)
* Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success.

The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Students can apply online at: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/content/dam/artsci/departments/biology/Docs/pdf_dept/REU%202014%20Admissions%20Application.pdf

We hope you will encourage your students to visit our website and consider applying.

Thank you.

co-PIs.George Uetz george.uetz@uc.edu and Ken Petren ken.petren@uc.edu

Butterfly Research Intern

I am currently looking for applicants interested in butterfly research/ecology for a project on butterfly abundance and diversity in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is a continuation of a study that started in 2012 through the College of William and Mary.

Title
Butterfly Research Intern

Agency
College of William & Mary

Location
Williamsburg, Virginia

Job Category
Internship

Salary
$3,500/stipend

Start Date
June 1st, 2014

Last Date to Apply
February 28th, 2014

Description
BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN (1) needed for a biodiversity study from June 1st to August 5th, 2014. The intern will assist in conducting transect surveys for a study on local species richness and distribution of eastern butterfly species. Surveys are conducted by walking transects and identifying butterflies either by sight or with nets. Sites are located throughout the Williamsburg area, in local parks or managed properties. Along with surveying, duties include data entry, field gear maintenance, and habitat assessment. Surveys start mid-morning, around 9:00am and go until early evening, 5:00pm. The intern will be part of a small team in the ACER lab of Dr. Matthias Leu and have the opportunity to assist in other projects during free time. Field truck is provided for surveys, however a private vehicle is recommended for personal travel outside work. Pay is $3,500/stipend, and housing is provided at the campus of William & Mary for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

Qualifications
*Must be a student at an accredited university, currently enrolled in Spring and Fall 2014.
*Preference for applicants who have had experience identifying eastern US butterflies *Other important qualifications are an interest in ecology, conservation biology, enthusiasm for field work, and the desire to gain diverse experience sampling flora and fauna. The intern should retain excellent data quality and good spirits, while working alongside other field crew.
Biting invertebrates, including mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks, will be present.

Contact Person
Send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF file to Angela Zappalla (acer.hires@gmail.com). Please put BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN in the email title.

Outdoor MS program positions available

University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School

Live, learn, and teach in the mountains!

Looking for a rewarding MS program combining ecology, science communication, and field-based teaching? The University of Idaho’s award-winning* McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is accepting applications for next year’s graduate student class. Start date is August, 2014.

Gain hands-on, outdoor teaching experience, study ecology in a field setting, and develop leadership skills while living in the spectacular natural environment of McCall, Idaho. As a University of Idaho MOSS graduate student, you will change lives by providing field-based environmental education programs for 5th and 6th grade students and teachers, and use those experiences as the foundation of your M.S. degree. Because MOSS is a program of the UI College of Natural Resources, students can earn a Master of Science in Natural Resources in as little as three semesters.

To learn more about MOSS, visit http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/moss.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/moss/graduate-program. Graduate assistantships are available.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Karla Eitel at (888) 634-3918; kbradley.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be processed on a rolling basis until all 20 available positions are filled.

*MOSS is the winner of the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Award for Engaged Scholarship and 2012 J.K. Albertsons Foundation Grand Prize winner for Innovation in Education.

Native bee field technicians

Job Ad: Native bee field technicians

Description: The Winfree lab at Rutgers University (winfreelab.rutgers.edu) has two (2) research positions open for summer 2014 to study restoration ecology of native bees and honey bees. Both positions will involve travelling throughout New Jersey to observe and collect bees and plants.

One position, crew leader, is a six (6) month field/lab position. This position will start in early to mid-May. Pay is $12-14 per hour depending on experience.

Qualifications: Entomology fieldwork (experience with native bees highly preferred); plant identification, valid drivers license, personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed), data entry and data management. Experience managing projects and/or a field crew is highly preferred.

The second position, field technician, is a field/lab poisiton lasting for 10 weeks at $10 per hour. This position would start in mid-May or early June.

Qualifications: Entomology fieldwork (experience with native bees preferred), plant identification, valid drivers license and data entry. Personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed) is preferred.

For both positions, approximately half of time will be fieldwork and will take place throughout New Jersey. The other half of the time will involve the curating insect and plant specimens and entering data and managing a database.

Our lab is located at Rutgers University Cook Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (See http://winfreelab.rutgers.edu/people)

To Apply and For Questions: Send a cover letter, resume, names and contact information of three references to: Dan Cariveau (cariveau@rci.rutgers.edu). Please include “Bee Field Tech in the subject line. Also, state whether you would be interested in either or both positions (crew leader or field technician)

Review of applications will begin February 24th and will remain open until filled

REU: human impacts on terrestrial-aquatic linkages at Kent State and Holden Arboretum

ANNOUNCING: Summer 2014 REU opportunity focused on Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems at Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum

Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars.

Participants will be provided housing, and a $500/week stipend.

Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications February 17, 2013.

For more information and application procedures please see the program
website at http://ecologyREU.kent.edu or contact the REU Coordinator at ecologyREU@kent.edu or the PIs Patrick Lorch (plorch@kent.edu), Mark Kershner (mkershne@kent.edu) or Kurt Smemo (kurt.smemo@gmail.com).