REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunity ~

13 de febrero de 2008

REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunity

The University of Notre Dame offers an opportunity for a sophomore or junior interested in investigating the dynamic of climate change and biogeography. The selected student will participate in field studies that focus on the role for climate in limiting the distribution of species, the possibility that species could colonize regions outside their historic distribution, and the potential effectiveness of assisted migration as a tool for promoting biodiversity conservation under climate change. Studies involve two species of butterfly and their host plants in the threatened Garry oak ecosystem of Vancouver Island, BC. Research tasks will include catching butterflies, participating in butterfly population surveys, and tending to captured adults for egg collection. The student also will take on a related, independent project.

The REU can begin as early as April 1 but later start dates are possible. Field studies will end July 31, but subsequent study in the lab at Notre Dame is possible. The stipend is $4100 for a minimum of 10 weeks; housing and financial assistance for travel to Vancouver Island is provided.
Selected individual must be able to work as a team but also function independently. Prior experience with field work and camping is desired. A valid driver's license is required.

Interested applicants should visit the URL below for further details and application requirements. Queries also can be sent to Derrick Parker (Ph.D. student) at and Dr. Jessica Hellmann (principle investigator) at

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