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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity: stream functional responses to consumers at the Oregon Cascades
We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This research will help inform our larger SCALER project which examines changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream discharge gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon); travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest). The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The 10-week program will start in July and end in early September. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs of the project and a team of students working on the grant. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and experience in water quality analysis is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2015. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Dr. Alba Argerich (alba.argerich@oregonstate.edu). Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity: Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI)

The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) (http://eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu/ ) will be held again this summer at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ ) in the beautiful Oregon Cascade mountains.

WHO: Undergraduate students from all over the US.
WHAT: Summer institute experience, stipend, and housing provided.
WHEN: June 15th - August 21st, 2015.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th, 2015.
WHERE: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River and at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.
WEBSITE: http://eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu

Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems. Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, the EISI will provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world.

Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, participants will gain:
1. Valuable research experience in Eco-Informatics and in their own disciplines.
2. The foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal.
3. The training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems.

Participants will receive:
1. A total stipend of $5,000.
2. Free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and on the OSU campus
3. The opportunity to attend the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, CA in December of 2016 (Awarded to the most outstanding research team as chosen by the EISI faculty mentors)
4. The opportunity for down time and group activities.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the program manager at leeb@onid.orst.edu

Summer Field Research Opportunities

Undergraduate student job opportunities at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon State University: stream functional responses to aquatic consumers.
We are seeking applicants to cover 2 undergrad research assistant positions to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in summer 2015. This research will help inform the larger SCALER project which examines changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream size gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

Category: Student worker

Pay: $10/hr

Closing date: Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Responsibilities: Assist with preparation and installation of long-term experiments in HJ Andrews Experimental Forest related to understand interactions between aquatic consumers and stream functional processes (primary production, stream respiration and nutrient uptake). Primary responsibilities will be with understanding stream functional processes. Responsibilities consist of field work (e.g., equipment preparation, equipment installation, stream surveys, physical/biological monitoring), water chemistry analysis, and office duties (e.g., processing/managing field data).
The positions begin on July 6th, 2015 and continues through mid-September, 2015. Qualifications: Applicants should have considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and some experience in water quality analysis is required. Driver’s license required.

Desired qualifications:

• Experience in field work and water chemistry analysis.
• Ability to work with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
• Good writing, problem solving and data analysis skills.
• Computer skills with spreadsheets and databases.

Application materials: 1. A letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals after graduation and indicates the areas of research in which the applicant is most interested. 2. A curriculum vitae or resume. 3. Transcript(s) of all college course work, and a list of courses in which the applicant is currently enrolled. A copy of an unofficial transcript will suffice. 4. Names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two current or former professors with whom the applicant has taken courses and/or participated in research. Submit application materials to Dr. Alba Argerich (alba.argerich@oregonstate.edu).

Undergrad jobs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon State University: aquatic consumers populations.
We are seeking applicants for 4 undergrad research assistant positions to evaluate the presence of consumers across the HJ Andrews landscape and to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in summer 2015. This research will contribute to both the stream aquatics group at H.J. Andrews and the larger SCALER project. SCALER will examine changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream size gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

Category Student worker

Pay $10/hr

Closing date: Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Responsibilities Assist with preparation and installation of long-term experiments in HJ Andrews Experimental Forest related to understanding interactions between aquatic consumers and stream functional processes (primary production, stream respiration and nutrient uptake). The primary duty will be electroshocking consumers in streams, and carefully entering that data into a computer database, but responsibilities will also consist of equipment preparation, equipment installation, stream surveys, physical/biological monitoring and data entry. The position requires working independently and in a group, navigating remote forest roads and terrain, using a map, compass, and handheld GPS unit, and entering data carefully into a computer database. These positions will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon), although it might be required to travel to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon) for short periods of time. The H.J. Andrews was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of Cedar and Hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas Firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The positions begin on July 6th, 2015 and continue through mid-September, 2015.

Qualifications: Applicants should have considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and some experience in water quality analysis is required. Driver’s license required.

Desired qualifications:
• Experience in field work and electroshocking of fish or amphibians.
• Ability to work with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
• Good writing, problem solving and data analysis skills.
• Computer skills with spreadsheets and databases.

Application materials: 1. A letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals after graduation and indicates the areas of research in which the applicant is most interested. 2. A curriculum vitae or resume. 3. Transcript(s) of all college course work, and a list of courses in which the applicant is currently enrolled. A copy of an unofficial transcript will suffice. 4. Names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two current or former professors with whom the applicant has taken courses and/or participated in research. Submit application materials to Dr. Brooke Penaluna (brooke.penaluna@oregonstate.edu).

 



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