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Researchers collect data on plant phenology and insects. by Lina DiGregorio

Summer 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity:

Hydrologic connectivity during base flow condition

We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position this summer to examine hydrologic connectivity along head water streams at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA). This research will contribute to understanding water sources and flow paths in streams, soils, and riparian vegetation based on spatial variability of water stable isotopes. The student will be based primarily at the HJA but also will work at the watershed processes lab in Oregon State University (Corvallis) where she/he will be trained in water stable isotope analysis.

The HJA 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 logging accommodations in furnished apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/). 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 fit student on either the quarter or semester systems.

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 graduate students working on related topics. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid drivers license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience is a plus and a general understanding of hydrology is desirable.

Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2016. 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: Catalina Segura (Catalina.segura@oregonstate.edu). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.