Internships available – PA State Park Region 3

It is that time of the year where students begin thinking of spring and summer internships. The Bureau of State Parks has a long history of working with students who are interested in an environmental and/or park career, and I would like to ask you to remind students of the opportunities we have available. After the new year, we will begin the process of hiring interns, therefore interested students should ensure that they complete an online application so they may be considered for an interview. They can use the link below for more information and to apply. Please also note that there is housing available at a minimal rate for students selected to work out of the region 3 office, however many parks may be located closer to their home, so there is a variety of options to help meet their needs or desired experience. If any student has any questions specific to the internship they can call Elaine Foor or me at the number below.

Mary H. Lorah l Regional Park Manager

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bureau of State Parks l State Park Region 3 l South Central PA

435 State Park Road l Schellsburg PA 15559

Phone: 814-733-2202 l Fax: 814-733-4945



SUMMER 2016 Field Biology Courses and REU Internships: Mountain Lake Biological Station

Hi ES students,

See below for an REU opportunity!



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Subject: SUMMER 2016 Field Biology Courses and REU Internships: Mountain Lake Biological Station


Summer 2016 Field Courses


REU Opportunities (NSF Site)
Mountain Lake Biological Station

Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program,now in its 24th year.

Summer Courses:

· Plant Diversity and Conservation

· Field Herpetology

· Science Writing

· Field Biology of Fishes

· Field Biology of Fungi

Financial aid available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Summer REU Internships:

REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include room and board, travel, and a $5,250 stipend.

Program dates: May 23 – July 29

Application deadline February 20.

Please forward this information to colleagues or students you think might be interested. Thanks for your help!

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Best wishes, happy and safe holidays,

Eric Nagy, Associate Director and REU Coordinator

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Tropical Ecology at La Selva, Costa Rica

FW by Andy Wilson

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Tropical Ecology at La Selva, Costa Rica

The Organization for Tropical Studies is now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 REU program at La Selva Research Station.

This experience will be held in Costa Rica from June 9 to August 10, 2016. Students will live at La Selva Biological Station during the entire nine-week research experience.

OTS and the National Science Foundation offer two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in Costa Rica to provide hands-on, field-oriented research experience for undergraduate students from the United States. One program is supported by NSF, and the other is supported by LSAMP-NSF (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program).

Students will complete an independent research project in the field with an experienced tropical ecologist, from the project planning stage to symposium presentation and potential publication. Twenty undergraduates will be selected through a competitive application process for an nine week research program at the world renowned La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The program provides students with a first-hand insight at the challenges and rewards of tropical field ecology. Students will live immersed in a rich academic community of researchers conducting novel tropical research, and they will attend workshops on field skills, current research in tropical biology, international research ethics, statistics, and scientific written and oral communication. Participants also have access to the social, cultural, and recreational activities of rural communities surrounding La Selva.

The OTS REU award covers the cost of room and board and international travel to and from Costa Rica. Participants will also receive a stipend of $4,000 for their 9 weeks of research.

Who can apply? The NSF-OTS REU program is open to undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at accredited U.S. institutions. Graduating seniors (May or August 2016) and students from R-1 research universities are not eligible. The LSAMP REU program is open to undergraduates who are (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents, (2) members of underrepresented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, and/or Native American), and (3) enrolled in a LSAMP program. Graduating seniors (May or August 2016) are not eligible.

The application deadline is January 31, 2016.

For more information on our program, please visit

PhD Opportunity in Interdisciplinary Conservation at the University of Georgia

FW by Andy Wilson

We are anticipating an opportunity for a mature, energetic PhD student to study multiple environmental stressors, plant community dynamics, stakeholder perceptions, and conservation decision-making on a Georgia barrier island. This research assistantship would be available beginning summer or fall 2016 for a PhD student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources ( and the Integrative Conservation PhD Program ( at the University of Georgia.

High-priority coastal upland and wetland plant communities are experiencing multiple environmental stressors, including intense deer herbivory, changing hydrological conditions, and fire suppression. In addition to research of plant community dynamics, the student will employ social science methodologies to study societal values and perceptions that affect management options. The student will develop and apply quantitative tools to predict plant community outcomes in response to management actions, and evaluate decision alternatives in terms of stakeholder objectives.

The Integrative Conservation (ICON) PhD program is a highly selective, innovative degree program that requires students to master in-depth training in their home discipline (Natural Resources, Ecology, Anthropology, or Geography), while also training participants to understand and employ multiple approaches from natural and social sciences to address complex conservation and sustainability issues. Students are encouraged to build transdisciplinary research programs that connect their research to applications, end users, and policy. Potential applicants are encouraged to peruse the ICON website to ensure that the program’s philosophy and structure align with their interests and goals.

The student will be advised by Warnell-ICON faculty members Lizzie King (primary advisor), Clint Moore, and Nate Nibbelink. Find links to our profiles at

Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree or commensurate research/publication experience in a relevant field of ecology or natural resources. Successful candidates will demonstrate aptitude and interest in quantitative areas including statistics, ecological modeling, or decision analysis. We are particularly interested in applicants who will be able to engage with local managers during the summer of 2016.

To apply, please send (1) a cover letter explaining how your background and interests align with the project and the degree program, (2) a CV with GRE scores and contact info for 3 references, and (3) unofficial transcripts, by email to Lizzie King ( Review of applications will begin January 20, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who apply before Jan 1, 2016 will be considered for additional competitive awards. Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the UGA Graduate School via the online application process described here:

For additional information, or to discuss this opportunity before applying, email Lizzie King at

2016 Summer Undergraduate Internship in Movement Ecology of Amphibians

FW by Andy Wilson


We are seeking a highly-motivated undergraduate student for a 10-week paid internship involving movement ecology and dispersal. This position will be based at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (, which is near St. Louis, MO and located in a scenic natural landscape on the banks of the Mississippi River in East Alton, IL. Students will be supervised by Dr. David Daversa and Dr. John Crawford (

DATES: 24 May – 02 August 2016


This project uses experimental approaches to examine individual differences in dispersal patterns of salamanders. Experiments will be laboratory based, though there is also potential for the student to adapt experimental setups to field settings. We expect interns to carry out an independent project and facilitate current projects being executed by the advisors.

This project will provide interns with first-hand experience with all stages of scientific research. Throughout this work, the intern will become familiar with fundamental concepts of behavioural ecology and develop the capacity to apply these concepts to issues in conservation that they can take with them in the future.

Students will receive a generous stipend and will have funds available for purchasing required equipment. Funds for accommodation throughout the internship (if required) may be available, but are not guaranteed.

Successful candidates should be working towards a degree in biology, ecology or a closely related field. Previous ecological research experience is desired but not essential.


To apply, please send the following documents to 1) a cover letter addressing relevant skills and interests (research experience, experimental work, field work), academic experience, and academic ambitions; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) unofficial academic transcripts. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will accept applications through 08 January 2016. Please contact or for further information.

Summer fellowships for research at UVA field station

FW by Andy Wilson

Blandy Experimental Farm has some wonderful fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs during summer 2016.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):

The program emphasizes experimental, field-based approaches to a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollination ecology, landscape ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $5775 stipend, funds for research supplies, additional money for food, and free housing. Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts an independent research project. The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings. REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops. This is a truly wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science.

To apply:

Graduate and Postdoc Research Fellowships:

Are you currently a graduate student or postdoc and looking for a field station or summer financial support?

Summer stipends ($6000 per summer), free on-site housing, and funds for research ($750 per summer) are available for a limited number of graduate students or postdocs proposing original research that uses our resources and facilities and contributes to the ongoing science program at the station.

Interested students/postdocs should contact a Blandy faculty member to discuss your ideas about conducting research at Blandy. You can direct your inquiries based on the faculty member with the closest match to your research interests; however, we are open to all fields of environmental, ecological, and evolutionary research.

Keep in mind this is not a complete fellowship package, rather it provides summer financial support and access to our facilities to supplement existing support from your home institution.

Dr. Kyle Haynes (population and landscape ecology, forest insect dynamics)
Dr. David Carr (plant reproductive ecology, inbreeding and genetic variation)
Dr. T’ai Roulston (pollination, plant-animal interactions, bee biology)

For more information about the station:

Summer REU in Great Lakes, University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS)

FW by Andy Wilson


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 ecology 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.

The REU runs for nine weeks (June 21 – August 20, 2016) at the UM Biological Station.

Job Duration: June 21-August 20, 2016

Application Deadline: 02/01/2016


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.

The deadline to apply for 2015 is Monday, February 1, 2016.