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REU opportunities at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER


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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Description:
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available with the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research (VCR-LTER) program for this summer. VCR-LTER researchers from eight universities study patterns and mechanisms of ecosystem function, connectivity, and state changes in the coastal barrier system – from mainland marshes to intertidal and subtidal bay habitats and barrier islands. Along with focusing on one of the specific projects listed below, REUs also help collect data for ongoing long-term field projects.

REUs spend the summer in a thriving research community; the VCR-LTER is based in the small town of Oyster on Virginia’s Eastern Shore – one of the last coastal wildernesses on the east coast. The 10-week program begins the first full week of June. REUs are provided a stipend ($4,500) plus on-site lodging and research support administered through the University of Virginia. More information about VCR-LTER research initiatives and potential advisers can be found in Research Highlights on our website. Applicants seeking more information about specific projects may contact potential mentors directly. Program and application questions can be directed to Dr. Cora Baird, the program coordinator.

Projects include:

-Coastal Forest & Marsh Ecology.

-Shorebird reproductive success in a rapidly changing ecosystem.

-Dune plant ecology and barrier island geomorphology.

-Assessing legacy Blue Carbon in a restored seagrass meadow.

-From time lapse to investigations: creating a data extraction workflow that takes community science into the classroom.


Application Deadline: 2/8/2022
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Virginia (Lead)
George Washington University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Program Materials:
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movie  Program Video

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Chemistry
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Hydrology
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences
STEM Fields

Keywords:
Aquatic Ecology
Biogeochemistry
Climate Change
Coastal Ecosystems
Community Ecology
Ecological Modeling
Ecosystem Science
Forest Ecology
Spatial Ecology
Wetlands

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


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