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Summer REU Opportunity with the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study

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Undergraduates - First Year
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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, with funding from the National Science Foundation, Long Term Ecological Research program has openings for four students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during this upcoming summer.

Students will work with research teams involving other undergraduate and graduate students. Students also develop and conduct an independent research project. Many REU students continue their work as an independent study or senior honors thesis at their home institution. Some have even published in major scientific journals. In addition, through weekly presentations given by the mentors and other scientists, students are also exposed to a full spectrum of ecosystem research at Hubbard Brook.

Students receive a $5000 stipend for the 10-week program, as well as free housing. Limited funding is available for research supplies and travel expenses. Food costs are paid by the participants and run approximately $42/week. Students live in researcher housing adjacent to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, among a community of summer field students and technicians. All residents are expected to share and cooperate with cleaning, cooking, and related chores.

For more information about how to apply, please visit our website. You'll need to contact the research mentor of your field of interest. Projects include:

Environmental controls on soil carbon cycling: This research project will involve measuring CO2 and O2 concentrations from different soil depths in the Climate Change Across Seasons Experiment (CCASE), which investigates the effects of both warmer soils and increased freeze-thaw cycles on the biogeochemistry of a northern hardwood forest. - Co-mentors: Caitlin Hicks (Dartmouth) and Alix Contosta (UNH).

Ash tree dendrochronology: Emerald ash borer has decimated populations of native ash (Fraxinus) species across the northeast. It was recently found for the first time at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and is expected to kill every mature ash there over the next several years. We are aiming to collect tree cores from mature ash trees across the full range of conditions where they occur at Hubbard Brook, in order to look at how establishment dates vary across the forest, as well as how growth has varied over time. - Co-mentors: Matt Vadeboncouer (UNH) and Nat Cleavitt (Cornell)

Tree drought tolerance across environmental gradients: With the observed and predicted increases in drought in the northeast due to climate change, we are interested in how different trees respond to drought conditions. - Co-mentors: Jess Gersony (Smith), Andy Ouimette (UNH), and Nat Cleavitt (Cornell)

The Aging of a Forest in the Anthropocene: Invertebrates are an essential link in the food chain. This project aims to understand how the abundance of forest invertebrates varies as a result of forest succession and available nutrients. - Co-mentors: Matt Ayres (Dartmouth) and Miranda Zammarelli (Dartmouth)
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences

Carbon Cycle Research
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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