Seeking 2 summer students to contribute a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (NSF LTER) project addressing how forest species interactions amplify or reduce responses to microclimatic variation. The students will help to implement a large-scale field experiment involving seedlings of canopy tree species, mosses, and fungi along a 1,000 m elevational gradient in the Western Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Students will additionally develop independent research related to the performance and physiology of transplanted seedlings and mosses, and will have an opportunity to present results of their summer research. Project mentors include: Posy Busby (Oregon State University), Jeff Diez (University of Oregon), Joe LaManna (Marquette University), Bruce McCune (Oregon State University) and Matt Betts (Oregon State University).
The full-time positions are for 10 weeks (40 hours/week), roughly from June-August 2022. The work will occur at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest (https://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/), which is located approximately one hour east of Eugene, Oregon. The area is known for its recreational opportunities including hiking and backpacking, scenic volcanoes, and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Students will be provided with a stipend of $5,5000 and apartment-style, shared-room housing at the HJ Andrews. There are funds to defray the cost of traveling to the HJ Andrews. Please note that the REU program is considered an educational program rather than employment; therefore, Oregon State University does not provide Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage nor medical insurance on your behalf. You are responsible for your own health insurance coverage.
Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances (5+ mi) over uneven, mountainous terrain, and be comfortable spending long days on their feet in the field. The position will involve working in inclement weather. Being a team player is necessary for group work/living situation. Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is also necessary. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduation date no sooner than fall 2023 (no graduating seniors). All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three professional references to: Posy Busby with the subject “LTER REU application.” Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2023 but applications will be considered until the position is filled.