Opportunity: NSF – Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is looking for motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology, for 10 weeks, during the summer of 2022. Successful applicants will work with graduate students, technicians and postdocs to assist with ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments, vegetation and soil sampling, and other field surveys at several field sites across the US. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to work with Sala Lab members and the PI to develop a personalized project.

Activities will be based at the Jornada Experimental Range (~25 miles from Las Cruces, NM).

The successful applicants are awarded a stipend, which is to cover food, lodging, and travel costs.


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 Sala Lab and LTER is available at:





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 via email to the Sala Lab’s Manager, Stephen Doucette-Riise, sdoucet1@asu.edu by April 14, 2022.


Application materials must include:

Cover Letter

Resume or CV

Unofficial undergraduate transcript