NSF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES in BARRIER ISLANDS – Paid summer research opportunity

Dr. Julie Zinnert is seeking 1 motivated undergraduate student with a strong background and interest in plant ecology to assist with research on the role of vegetation and feedbacks with environment in barrier island communities of the Virginia Coast Reserve. We have several ongoing NSF-funded research projects centered on the following topics: vegetation feedbacks with geomorphology, mechanisms and consequences of shrub expansion, and effects of nutrient inputs on plant functional diversity. Motivated students may also be supported to develop a research project. Work involves ~ 3-4 days/week in the field assisting with data collection and monitoring and some lab work. Applicants should enjoy working outside, capable of handling long days in the heat and sun, and mild physical labor. The undergraduate student will reside part-time at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, Virginia (http://www.abcrc.virginia.edu/siteman1/index.php). The remaining work will be conducted at VCU. Stipend ~ $420 / week for 10 weeks (beginning June 1).

For more information on our lab and research, please visit:http://cpel.vcu.edu/ To apply, please send a CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and a contact info for 2 references to Julie Zinnert (jczinnert@vcu.edu). Review of applications begins immediately!