Research Opportunities

Undergraduate or Graduate Students Research Opportunities



Dr. Reece is now recruiting undergraduates and graduate students interested in research experience to work in his lab for 2015.

 The following projects are in need of student researchers. Please contact me at jreece@valdosta.edu if you are interested in any of these projects. In your email, include any research experience you have, relevant coursework, your education/career goals, and why you chose my lab. Please note that the type of work and/or skillset involved for each project is described, so make sure that this is something you either know how to do or want to learn. Time commitments will vary for each project, but should entail a couple of hours every week for a minimum of one semester, preferably two.

Phylogenetics of the Federally Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

Florida Grasshopper SparrowThis project will involve molecular lab work, specifically the sequencing of DNA (wet lab work) and analysis (computer work). The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is a rare bird endemic to south central Florida. It has been on decline for known reasons for the last 20 years, but in the last 5-10 years the rate of decline has increased for unknown reasons and there are fewer than 200 breeding males in existence. This project seeks to evaluate the subspecies status of the bird to see if it warrants consideration as a full species. Students can work on the laboratory DNA sequencing or on the computer analysis of DNA sequences. Experience with DNA isolation and PCR is preferred. There is also an option to examine morphological data to find evidence for phenotypic differences, which will require some knowledge of/ability to learn statistics.  

  • Skills/work involved
    • Isolating DNA from blood samples
    • PCR, gel electrophoresis
    • Literature searches of scientific papers
    • Microsoft Excel- organizing database of samples and sequences/genotyping data
    • DNA sequence analysis and phylogenetics
    • Statistical analyses of morphological data

Prioritizing Species for Conservation in Georgia

GA MapA student researcher could assist in research on the implications of climate change, human population growth, and sea-level rise on species and natural communities in Georgia. This work will involve data collection and analysis, including speaking with species experts. This project is part of a Masters Student’s thesis and you will work closely with Dr. Reece and the graduate student. As a result of working on this project, you will become familiar with natural communities in the southeastern US and the threats that they face from sea-level rise, coastal development, and climate change.

  • Skills/work involved
    • Conduct literature searchers on different natural communities
    • Organize a large Microsoft Excel database
    • Coordinate with expert biologists on their formal assessments of different natural communities

Moray eel phylogenetics and the evolution of color patterns and body shape

Moray eel

Fish can recognize predators by the placement of their eyes, among other things. Predatory fish often have eyes that are close together to maximize binocular vision for striking prey. To avoid detection, predatory fish often evolve spots or color patterns that mask the placement of the eyes, or they evolve disruptive coloration that makes it difficult for prey to identify them at all. In this project, we will use a phylogeny (basically a “family tree” for different species of moray eels) and data on color patterns to examine how those color patterns have evolved. In addition, I am interested in body size and shape, especially how much of the eel’s body is tail and how much of it is “body.” One expectation is that the more tail you have, the faster a swimmer you are; therefore, morays that eat fast prey like fish should have relatively longer tails than morays that eat slow prey like crabs. This project would also involve a phylogeny and accumulating data from online resources on the relative tail length of different species.

  • Skills/work involved
    • Data collection and management
    • Learning how to use phylogenetic programs
    • Doing literature reviews

Hagfish phylogenetics and the evolution of hagfish morphology and biomechanics

HagfishHagfish are jawless vertebrates that lack limbs and feed mainly on detritus and carrion on the sea floor. They exhibit some interesting skin, muscle, and biting processes that are being investigated by Dr. Uyeno, in collaboration with colleagues from several other institutions. Dr. Reece is joining their research team on this project to provide a phylogenetic perspective to the evolution of hagfish morphology. Interestingly, both hagfish and moray eels, Dr. Reece’s specialty, exhibit “knotting” behavior when trying to tear chunks of bite-sized food from a larger food item. An additional project might be observing this behavior in live hagfish and moray eels to compare and contrast their knotting behaviors.

  • Skills/work involved
    • Analysis of published gene sequences to reconstruct phylogenies
    • Collecting data on hagfish morphology
    • Using phylogenetic programs to examine how morphological traits evolve in an evolutionary context
    • Husbandry of keeping fish alive in aquaria, high speed video recordings of feeding events

 


Dr. Mott is recruiting undergraduate student researchers in several areas of amphibian ecology, biogeography, and conservation

A brief description of each research area is listed below.  Please contact me at clmott@valdosta.edu if you are interested in any of these projects.  Although responsibilities will vary by project, students are typically required to commit to one year of research, the first semester of which is dedicated to training and data collection and the second of which is dedicated to writing a paper or creating a poster to be presented at local, regional, national, or international meetings.  Students may engage in undergraduate research through either “for credit” or “not for credit” pathways, and hourly paid positions (i.e. non-research positions) may be available at times, so feel free to contact me for more details.  Students with strong analytical and/or writing skills, as well as those whose career aspirations include ecology, herpetology, or conservation biology, are especially encouraged to apply.

Seining

Comparing abundance estimates of aquatic vertebrates through time- and area-constrained capture methods

Aquatic vertebrates are often sampled using either time-constrained methods (i.e. how many individuals captured per minute, hour, etc.) or area-constrained methods (i.e. how many individuals captured per square meter, kilometer, etc.).  However, the results of these disparate approaches are in different measurement units, preventing potentially useful comparisons of abundance among separate populations.  We are resolving this issue by relating abundance estimates from each method under standardized densities of amphibian larvae.  Beginning as early as January 2015, students involved with this project will sample amphibian larvae using time-and area-constrained methods from cattle tank arrays at Lake Louise Experimental Research Station and compare the results of both sampling methodologies to facilitate future conversions between time- and area-constrained abundance data to best monitor population trends among aquatic vertebrates.

Population age structure as a range-limiting factor for ectothermic vertebrates

Species often adhere to an “abundant center distribution”, a pattern in which population density decreases dramatically as the geographic range edge is approached, though little is known regarding the factors creating such distributions.  We are Lithobates sylvaticusexamining the role of breeding population age structure in maintaining abundant center distributions.  Beginning in Spring 2015 and continuing indefinitely, students involved in this research will determine age structure for range edge and range core populations using non-lethal capture (mark-recapture) and aging (skeletochronology) methods for several amphibian species found throughout the southeastern United States.  This will initially be a largely field-based research program, and therefore flexible schedules and an ability to work under adverse conditions are highly beneficial. No special skills are required for this research, though students that have taken (and done well in) Herpetology and/or Ecology and Evolution are especially encouraged to apply.

Ambystoma talpcideum

Are the effects of size structure on trophic cascades mediated by demographic feedbacks?

Our understanding of the impacts of predator size variation on trophic cascades is limited, yet variation in size-structured interactions can help explain why the strength of trophic cascades varies so much across systems and within individual systems over time.  Many opportunities are available for students involved in this NSF-funded research program, though most will focus on analysis of invertebrate prey consumption under differing levels of predator size variation and the subsequent effects on primary producers, ecosystem functions, and survival and/or morphology of future predator generations.  Students who have excelled in Ecology and Evolution are especially encouraged to apply, and because much of this work may involve identification of aquatic invertebrates, students interested in entomology and/or aquatic ecology are also encouraged to apply.



Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

Introduction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.

Qualifications

Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences that have completed three years of major coursework may apply. Chemistry and biology majors are preferred, although highly qualified candidates from other science majors may be considered. Must be able to comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

Application Process

The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  The application is available at: http://orise.orau.gov/cdc

To be considered, please send all application materials, including the application, a current resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation, to CDCrpp@orau.org by January 16, 2015. Please reference CDC-NCEH-2015-0002 in all communications.

For further information contact | PDF
Daniel Parker at (770) 488-7854 or DParker2@cdc.gov.
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/orise.html



University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

 Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Application Deadline:  27 February 2015

The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience.  The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.

We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply. 

Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

Get Flyer here


College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware

All documents must be submitted by Friday, February 13, 2015

Greetings! 

Please pass the following information on to your students about a great undergraduate summer research opportunity at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware.  Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science.  We especially encourage applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in science.

The program will run for 10 weeks (June 8 - August 14). Please go to our website http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program to find out more about the program. Student support includes a $5,500 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.  The application form and instructions for submitting supporting documents are available at http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program/application.

Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.

This internship program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna York (302) 831-7040 or at jyork@udel.edu.

Sincerely,
Joanna York
REU Coordinator


2015 Summer Research Scholars Program

Cornell University

Geneva Campus

Applications due: 13 February 2015

Information Flyer

Greetings!

Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science and Horticulture.

The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students and post docs on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

I am asking if you would please print and post the attached pdf where undergraduate students would take notice of it, and where appropriate, forward this email to faculty that lecture advanced plant science, microbiology, agronomy, horticulture, etc. courses that may bring this to the attention of their students (preferably in their junior year).

The internship is for 9 weeks beginning June 1, 2015 (May 31st for travel) through July 31, 2015 (August 1st for travel), and provides a stipend of $4,000, housing, and assistance with transportation costs.

Details maybe found at http://www.scholars.pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/

Thank you very much for posting.

Sincerely,
Kate Keagle
Administrative Assistant IV
Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Cornell University
630 W. North Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Telephone: 315-787-2331
Fax: 315-787-2389
Email: kev35@cornell.edu


A nine-week National Science Foundation summer undergraduate research experience for future Earth science, chemistry, and biology teachers from around the country

 Geoenvironmental Challenges

Application now available.  Application deadline: 15 February, 2015.

Project website: http://capone.mtsu.edu/mabolins/REU.pdf 

* A nine-week undergraduate science research experience in the greater Nashville, TN area.

* May 31 – August 1, 2015.

* For future middle school and high school Earth science, chemistry, and biology teachers.

* Includes one-week field trip to Mammoth Caves and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

* Includes travel to the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

* $4,500.00 stipend + all expenses (including room, board, and travel to Denver)

Mark Abolins, Ph.D.
Room 322D Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Webpage: http://www.mtsu.edu/~mabolins
Blog: http://eliageoscience.wordpress.com/ 
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-abolins/3a/a94/a22
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELiAgeoscience
Coordinator of Geoenvironmental Challenges REU Site
Professor of Geology
Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
Tel: 615-594-4210
Fax: 615-898-5592
E-mail: Mark.Abolins@mtsu.edu


REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is now accepting applications

The application deadline for the Summer 2015 REU program is Friday March 6, 2015

Dear URDP Colleagues:

The REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is now accepting applications. 

This is a new program and I would appreciate your assistance in advertising the program.

Please direct your biology students to the on-line application and list of potential mentors at https://faculty.unlv.edu/microreu/.  The deadline for applications is Friday March 6, 2015.

Happy New Year,
Kurt Regner, Ph.D.
School of Life Sciences
702-895-1071
Shipping Address:
Biology Stock Room - White Hall
UNLV
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154


Kellogg Biological Station REU Program

Applications are Due March 1st

KBS Flyer

Greetings!

Michigan State University's Kellog Biological Station (KBS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (see below and attachment).

Could you please forward this message on to students interested in research opportunities investigating questions in Ecology, Evolution and Sustainable Agriculture.

Many thanks!
-Danielle
________________________________________________________

Danielle C. Zoellner-Kelly, MSc
Kellogg Biological Station - Undergrad Research & Internship Coordinator
Research Technician/Editor - Snapp Lab
Michigan State University - Dept. of Plant, Soil & Microbial Science
PhD candidate - DeWalt Lab
Clemson University - Dept. of Biological Sciences

KBS will be funding 8-10 REUs on projects related to Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture.

The KBS REU program provides a $5,000 stipend, FREE room & board, up to $500 in travel expenses, and up to $500 in research funds

The program runs 12-weeks from May 18th to August 7th

Applications are due March 1st.

For more information or to apply please visit: http://www.kbs.msu.edu/index.php/education/ugrad/reu

About KBS:

The Kellogg Biological Station is located in Southwest Michigan on the shores of beautiful Gull Lake.  KBS encompasses over 3,000 acres and includes the KBS Bird Sanctuary, KBS Long-term Ecological Research Site, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Experimental Pond Lab, Lux Arbor Reserve, KBS Farm and Pasture Dairy and the Kellogg Forest.

KBS is the academic home to MSU professors with research expertise in Ecology, Evolution, and Sustainable Agriculture. Each summer undergraduates from across the country live in residence at KBS for courses, research and internships.


Yosemite Ecology REU June 14th - August 22nd

 Applications are due by Feb 15th, and details can be found here

flyer

Do you know any undergrads who would like to spend the summer in Yosemite doing research?

Student activities consist of individual research projects, spanning a broad range of disciplines such as Ecology, Geoscience, Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration, Hydrology, and Engineering. Research training is provided by mentors from UC Merced (Schools of Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences), Yosemite National Park Scientists and the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Students also participate in a series of field trips led by teams of UCM, USGS, and NPS scientists focusing on Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. The successful students will be staying at the SNRS Yosemite Field Station, located in the village of Wawona just inside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Program dates: June 14th - August 22nd
Application deadline February 15th.

questions? email yosemite.reu@gmail.com

Thanks
Becca
______________________________________
Becca Fenwick, Ph.D                          
Director, Sierra Nevada Research Stations         
Yosemite, Sequoia Kings Canyon        
Natural Reserve System, UC Merced
office: (209) 375 9917
cell: (951) 522 8100
PO Box 2117, Wawona, CA 95389
http://snri.ucmerced.edu/yosemite-field-station-wawona


University of Delaware

Application Deadline:  February 13, 2015

Greetings!

Please pass the following information on to your students about a great undergraduate summer research opportunity at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. 

Please visit our REU website to find out more about the program. Student support includes a $5,500 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.  The application form and instructions for submitting supporting documents are available online on the REU application page.

Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.

This internship program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.

If you or your students have any questions, please contact me at (302) 831-7040 or jyork@udel.edu.

Sincerely,
Joanna York
REU Coordinator


2015 Cornell Summer Research Scholars Program

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station REU

Application Deadline:  13 February 2015

Flyer

Greetings!

Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science and Horticulture.

The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students and post docs on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based. 

I am asking if you would please print and post the attached pdf where undergraduate students would take notice of it, and where appropriate, forward this email to faculty that lecture advanced plant science, microbiology, agronomy, horticulture, etc. courses that may bring this to the attention of their students (preferably in their junior year).  

The internship is for 9 weeks beginning June 1, 2015 (May 31st for travel) through July 31, 2015 (August 1st for travel), and provides a stipend of $4,000, housing, and assistance with transportation costs.  

Details maybe found at http://www.scholars.pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/

Thank you very much for posting. 

Sincerely,
Kate Keagle
Administrative Assistant IV
Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Cornell University
630 W. North Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Telephone: 315-787-2331
Fax: 315-787-2389
Email: kev35@cornell.edu


Central Michigan University

Applications due by Friday, February 27 2015

Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island.  This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Lake Michigan nearshore shunt and its influence on nearshore-offshore coupling.  Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 1 – August 7, 2015, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island.  More information on the program and the online application are available at: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cst/cmubs/students/summer_research/Pages/default.aspx

Applications, along with supporting materials, are due by Friday, February 27, 2015, with the final selection of participants expected by March 27, 2015. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to jessica.lapp@cmich.edu or by phone to 989-774-4401. 

John Gordon
Station Manager CMUBS
Mailbox: ET 200
Office ET228D
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Mi. 48859
gordo2jj@cmich.edu
989-774-4400 Mt. Pleasant Campus
231-448-2325 Beaver Island Campus
http://www.cst.cmich.edu/CMUBS/