College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Summer Research Opportunites

January 29, 2010

Click on the link below for more information about:
1. Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity at the University of Maryland
2. Summer Ecology Research Positions Available

1. Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity at the University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park has a summer research program intended for undergraduate students. This program is geared at rising juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in the social, behavioral and economic sciences immediately following the completion of the Bachelors degree. All students are eligible; however, we highly encourage those from under-represented populations to apply (i.e. African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific Islanders).

We expect 10-12 scholars to participate in the upcoming eight-week experience (from May 31- July 23, 2010). Events and activities will include lab and research experiences, didactic science lectures, and opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and networking. Accepted students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board and a $2,700 stipend. The application deadline is February 12, 2010.

Please review the program website http://www.bsos.umd.edu/diversity/summer-research-initiative.aspx or email us at sri@bsos.umd.edu


2. Summer Ecology Research Positions Available
California Research Positions: Amphibian Disease Ecology
Dr. Pieter Johnson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado, Boulder
We are currently seeking highly motivated undergraduates or recent graduates to apply for positions studying Amphibian Disease Ecology in California. These positions will focus on the interactive effects of land use change and biodiversity losses on infectious diseases in amphibians, including pathogens that cause limb deformities and population declines. Positions are full-time and begin in mid-May and end in late-August.

California Field Team (East Bay): 2 Positions
Field assistants will conduct intensive sampling of amphibian populations at more than 150 wetlands across the Bay Area of California, including Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Selected individuals will gain valuable experience in sampling amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, fishes, pathogens, water chemistry and wetland habitat assessment. Ongoing projects include: (a) identifying the determinants of aquatic biodiversity and (b) evaluating the effects of land use change on amphibian disease and deformities.

California Experimental Team (Hopland) : 1 Position
A research assistant will participate in the design and implementation of outdoor mesocosm and field experiments designed to evaluate the effects of biodiversity losses on amphibian disease. Experiments will be established at the Hopland Research and Extension Center in Mendocino County. The selected candidate will develop skills in experimental design, field sampling of amphibians, parasite biology, water chemistry, and statistical analysis. Housing will be provided at the Hopland Field Station.

Pacific Northwest Field Team A: 1 Position
We are seeking a field assistant to conduct intensive sampling of amphibian wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington as part of a National Geographic-sponsored project. The research team will be based in California but will make trips throughout the Pacific Northwest to resurvey historical malformation sites. Selected individuals will gain valuable experience in sampling amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, fishes, pathogens, water chemistry and wetland habitat assessment. Housing will be provided but candidates should be prepared to camp frequently.

Education/Experience:
Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or a similar discipline, experience conducting field research, preferably with amphibians, and outdoor experience. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, physically fit, and able to work closely with others under adverse conditions. Applicants with the ability to recognize and identify amphibians are preferred.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter stating which position(s) you are applying for, a current resume, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Miranda Redmond (Miranda.Redmond@colorado.edu), preferably as a single pdf. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start/End dates may be flexible. Please contact Miranda Redmond with questions. Candidates are expected to work 40 hours/week. For more information, see www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter.

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Ecology Research Positions: Colorado Amphibian Conservation
Dr. Pieter Johnson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado, Boulder
We are currently seeking highly motivated undergraduates or recent graduates to apply for positions studying Amphibian Conservation in Colorado. These positions will focus on the study of major threats to native amphibians, including invasive species, land use change, and infectious diseases. Hiring is in progress for field- and lab-based positions. Positions are full-time and begin in mid-May and end in late-August.

Colorado Field Team (2 positions)
Field assistants will conduct intensive sampling of amphibian populations throughout Colorado and will visit >50 wetlands through the duration of the summer. Ongoing projects include: (a) monitoring of native leopard frog populations, (b) elimination of non-native amphibians (bullfrogs), and (c) broad-scale surveys of amphibian biodiversity.

Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or similar field, experience conducting field research, preferably with amphibians, and outdoor experience. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, physically fit, and able to work closely with others under adverse conditions. Applicants with the ability to recognize and identify amphibians are preferred.

Colorado Experimental Team (2 positions)
Research assistants will work to plan, implement, and complete experimental projects focused on amphibian disease ecology at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Ongoing projects include (a) identifying the diversity of pathogens in amphibian communities, (b) understanding the effects of parasites on amphibian malformations, (c) testing the effects of biodiversity on pathogen transmission. Researchers will gain experience with a range of species (amphibians, snails, and parasites) and techniques (necropsies, parasite identification, microscopy, and experimental design).

Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or similar field, and experience conducting laboratory research, preferably involving amphibians or pathogens. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, and able to work closely with others. Applicants with previous laboratory or amphibian experience are preferred.

*To Apply:* send a cover letter stating which position(s) you are applying for, a current resume, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Miranda Redmond (Miranda.Redmond@colorado.edu), preferably as a single pdf. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start/End dates may be flexible. Please contact Miranda Redmond with questions. Candidates are expected to work 40 hours/week. For more information, see www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter.