NSF – Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity


The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is looking for two motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2021. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to develop their own research program while assisting with ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments, vegetation and soil sampling, and other field surveys at several field sites across the Southwest US.

The successful applicants are awarded a stipend, which includes cost of travel, lodging, and food.


About the Jornada

The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program is focused on the ecology of drylands in the southwest USA, including the causes and consequences of alternative ecosystem states and the expansion of woody plants into grasslands resulting in more “desert-like” conditions. By conducting long-term precipitation manipulation experiments, we are interested in how long-term changes to precipitation amount and variability affect ecosystem functioning. More information on the LTER is available at https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter



Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.


How to apply

Applications are evaluated upon submission, and positions will be filled as long as funding is available. Please send application materials to Stephen Doucette-Riise (e-mail: sdoucet1@asu.edu) by May 7, 2021.


Application materials must include:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Contact information for two references



The health and well-being of all Lab members and REUs is a top priority. This program will only be effective if the restrictions due to COVID-19 allow.