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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU) – ALPINE LAKE ECOLOGY IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
Alpine lakes are important indicators of environmental change because they are especially sensitive to shifts in climate and rates of atmospheric deposition of nutrients. Our research seeks to understand the structure and function of high-elevation aquatic ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. Identifying what is driving long term change in these lakes will inform us as to how montane regions in general are responding to environmental change. The REU student will assist with research on physical limnology, aquatic biogeochemistry and paleoclimate.
Applicants should have considerable backcountry experience and the ability to carry heavy (50+ lb.) loads for 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 is limited to currently enrolled or graduating undergraduates.
REU includes $4,800 stipend, paid housing in Sequoia National Park and food allowance for field work. Start and end dates are flexible, but must be between June 1 and September 15.
Please send a resume, unofficial transcripts and a cover letter to: Dr. James Sickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). The cover letter should describe your background, qualifications and career plans. The application deadline is May 9, 2014.
James O. Sickman
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Room 2324 Geology
Riverside, California 92521
Office: (951) 827-4552
Fax: (951) 827-3993
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