College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming CNR Events and Deadlines 9/13/12

September 13, 2012

I. CNR Honors Program Enrollment Deadline: Friday, September 14, 5:00 PM
II. New SPUR Project: Integrating Clonal Pattern and Stand Structure Indices in Coast Redwood Forests

I. CNR Honors Program Enrollment Deadline: Friday, September 14, 5:00 PM

CNR students who have attained junior status, have a 3.6 GPA and two semesters remaining to complete a two semester honors research project are eligible to undertake CNR Honors research. Students must submit the H196 Enrollment form to their major advisor by Friday, September 14, 5:00 PM. Students must have their faculty research mentor's signature, and a copy of their honors research proposal (title, abstract, background, objectives and hypothesis, methods, timeline).

Program Guidelines:
--All honors students must be on campus for their two semesters of research (no EAP, no summer).
--A minimum GPA of 3.6 must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.
--All honors students must present their research at the end of their second semester at the CNR Undergraduate Honors Symposium.
--A copy of the H196 Enrollment Form is attached. It is also available on the CNR Honors website at the link below.
--Transfer students must complete at least one semester at UCB and eligibility is only based upon UCB GPA. Junior transfer students are encouraged to undertake their Honors research their senior year.
--Some students are doing research with a research mentor outside CNR. They must get their research mentor's signature and also they must have a CNR faculty sponsor who will be responsible for their grade.

For more information about the Honors program and a list of participants and their research topics from previous years, please see the CNR Honors website: http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/honors_program.php

Contact Carina Galicia, cgalicia@berkeley.edu, 260 Mulford Hall, if you have any questions.

II. New SPUR Project: Integrating Clonal Pattern and Stand Structure Indices in Coast Redwood Forests
Professor: Kevin O'Hara, ESPM

Project Description: The O'Hara lab would like to request a SPUR intern to work on our project “Integrating Clonal Pattern and Stand Structure Indices in Coast Redwood Forests.” The goals of this project are to 1) describe and compare patterns of clonal diversity in redwood populations throughout California; and 2) investigate whether patterns of clonal diversity affect stand structure in redwood forests. The intern will learn a variety of laboratory and analytical skills including DNA extractions for foliage and cambium, polymerase chain reactions, primer development, and data analysis. In addition to picking up these valuable technical skills, we hope this project will also provide an opportunity to learn about designing ecological studies with forest management implications.

Role: The undergraduate researcher will assist a graduate student in performing genetic analysis on coast redwood tissue. This will involve laboratory techniques such as sample grinding, DNA extractions, and polymerase chain reactions.

Qualifications: Prior lab experience is not necessary, but attention to detail is critical.

Hours/Week of Commitment Required: 5-10

Research Location: Berkeley campus

Contact: Carina Galicia, cgalicia@berkeley.edu, 260 Mulford Hall