Tag Archives: Ecology

Summer Internships @ Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns, research field supervisors, ornithology technicians, and prescribed burn technicians. Many positions run from June through August, but some technicians will be needed as early as March and some are needed through October. As a research intern or technician, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific seminars, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, ornithology, or related field we encourage you to apply.

We have three large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. The third large scale experiment, FAB, is
looking at tree competition under different diversity levels. This experiment includes approximately 40,000 trees within a 30 acre field that will run for over 100 years. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments. We also have a couple of technician positions that will involve studying woodpecker behavior, habitat use, and nesting success throughout the spring and summer
season at Cedar Creek.

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve itself is a nine square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. Because of its fortunate location in mid-continent at the triple meeting point of three great biomes of North America, it carries much of the continent’s biological heritage. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. To learn more detailed information about experiments, researchers, and the Cedar Creek area please visit our website at www.cedarcreek.umn.edu.

To apply for any of the above intern positions please visit our website, http://z.umn.edu/ccjobs. The deadline for application submission is February 19 th or 26 th (depending on position). For any questions regarding the internships or application please email ccintern@umn.edu.

Panama Avian Field Ecology 2018

This 4-credit course will provide students with an immersive study of Tropical Ecology with a focus on bird ecology and conservation of coastal and mangrove ecosystems. While in Panama, students will visit and learn about four major ecosystems important to migratory birds including Panama Bay, coastal mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, and tropical cloud forest.

A unique blend of rigorous science and community engagement in both Panama and Richmond, participants will have opportunities work with local biologists, conservationists, and collaborators from other Universities as part of an international team of researchers.

Program dates: January 2 – January 15, 2018

Website:  https://rampages.us/vcupanama/2017/10/09/310/

Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3ir3b8rMiBD1srlF2

Trees 101 – Free Workshop

Richmond Tree Stewards will host a free tree care workshop, along with pruning and planting demonstrations and a tree walk, from 9-noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Round House, Byrd Park.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Whether you want to plant a tree, care for ones you already have or just find out how amazing trees are, come to the Tree Stewards’ Community Roots Arbor Day celebration. The speaker will be Janine Lester, who holds credentials as an ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist®, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® and has ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – REU 2017

Below you’ll find information about “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region,” our 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors from any college. We’ll be accepting applications until Wednesday, March 1.

Dr. Chris Gough in VCU Biology regularly serves as a mentor and is senior personnel on this REU.  Interested students are encourage to contact Dr. Gough (cmgough@vcu.edu) as well as apply to the REU program.

Here’s the link to the REU portion of our website, which includes a link to the application and a list of last year’s projects and mentors: http://lsa.umich.edu/umbs/students/research-opportunities/reu-program.html

 

2018 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is excited to announce the release of the 2018 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are placed in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship period is one year beginning February 1, 2018.

Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 10, 2017, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a relevant field at a Virginia institution is eligible to apply through VASG. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found in the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Applicants must submit all materials to VASG via eSeaGrant by 5:00pm EST on, February 10, 2017.

Panama Avian Field Ecology

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Winter Break Ecosystem Field Studies

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Virginia Conservation Network – Environmental Assembly

Virginia Conservation Network is hosting our annual Environmental Assembly on September 9th and 10th in Charlottesville, VA. Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment.

This year’s Assembly will feature a lively evening reception; plenty of educational workshops; breakout sessions; and engaging field trips, including a pipeline hike, a kayaking trip down the Rivanna River, and a sustainable winery tour. The full event schedule can be found here.

We would love to have a stronger student presence at this event, as it is an excellent learning and networking opportunity with environmental organizations and legislators. Student tickets are $10 (the regular ticket price is $30), which covers the cost of the Friday evening reception and Saturday’s meals/programming. If you know of any students who would be interested in attending, please pass this invitation on to them. Please also pass this information along to any professors who are willing to share this invitation with their classes.

Please feel free to call me at Communications Manager Kelley Galownia, 804.644.0283 if you have any questions. We hope to see you in September!

Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory Assistant

Description:
This is a paid ($8/hour) undergraduate research opportunity. The aim of this project is to test physiological limits of heat tolerance in the highly invasive gypsy moth. We will be conducting a laboratory experiment measuring ecologically relevant phenotypes in various temperature regimes and performing a genome-wide association of genomic regions to phenotypic variation within and among gypsy moth populations.

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Earth Day Bazaar

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