REU opportunity: plant & animal phenology in response to climate variability in the Oregon Cascades (USA) ~

25 de enero de 2014

REU opportunity: plant & animal phenology in response to climate variability in the Oregon Cascades (USA)

We seek applicants for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position on a long-term study of plant and animal phenology at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Central Cascades of Oregon.  This study attempts to understand the influence of microclimate heterogeneity on phenology and trophic responses to change in climate and disturbance. The REU participant will work as part of a team observing and collecting plants and insects at plots distributed across topographic and vegetation gradients. The student will develop a study to test different insect trapping and biomass estimation methods and will investigate relationships between microclimate and insect abundance.  This position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in ecology, natural history or forestry to gain valuable field research experience.  The 10-week REU position will begin in mid-May, with modest flexibility in start date to accommodate spring class schedules.

The REU student will be housed at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre ‘living laboratory’ representative of forest and stream ecosystems in the western cascades.  With a 60-year research history and large tracts of old-growth and mature forest, the Andrew Forest provides students with unparalleled opportunities to deepen understanding of forest ecology. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest).  The region provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is widely considered among the most scenic in the country.  Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Candidates should have a strong interest in field research and a demonstrated enthusiasm for spending long hours outdoors in relatively remote locations under any and all weather conditions. A valid driver’s license is required, and experience driving on dirt roads would be beneficial.  Prior field research experience is highly desirable.  The participant must be capable of working effectively within a team, as well as functioning independently.  Prior class or field experience with entomology is preferred; capacity to handle insects and other invertebrates, even slimy or gooey ones, is required.

To apply: For full consideration, send a letter of interest, resume and contact information (email and phone number) for three references to Mark Schulze at by February 18th, 2014. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mark Schulze via email or phone 541-822-6336.

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