NSF – Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity
The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is is looking for three motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2020. 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.
We have 2 different opportunities to offer:
- Field work at Jornada LTER: Participation in ongoing experiment including two unique long-term rainfall manipulation experiments. This position will be primarily based at the Jornada basin LTER (Las Cruces, NM).
- Cross-site experiment: Design and deployment of a new cross-site experiment in drylands across the Southwest. This activity involves multiple field trips (1-2 weeks in duration) to locations in Nevada, Idaho and New Mexico.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 8, 2020.
Application materials must include:
- Cover Letter
- Resume or CV
- 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.