Other: FieldMuseum_Chicago.NSF_REU.BiodiversityEvolution

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Evolution of
Biodiversity across the Tree of Life

We are looking for 8 undergraduate students to participate in hands-on
research in biodiversity science and receive training in cutting-edge
techniques and analysis in evolutionary biology for 10 weeks during the
summer of 2017.

Applications close February 10, 2017.

Students will learn research techniques that include DNA sequencing and
computational analysis of genetic and genomic data, morphological
measurements and phylogenetic analysis, and microbiology and
next-generation microbial sequencing.  Scientific projects to be conducted
by the students in 2017 include:

Forest Canopy Response to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)
Greenhouse Event
Evolution of Mitochondrial DNA in Ferns
Diversity in Mediterranean habitats – insights from lichenized fungi
Habitat-driven Morphological Syndromes in New Zealand Water Beetles
Systematics and Taxonomy of Cichlids in the Genus Thorichthys
Does diet influence the evolution of body size in ants?
Morphometric analysis of the elaborate soldier head in turtle ants
A Small World: Uncovering Hidden Diversity in Early Land Plants

In addition students will receive career mentoring in a diversity of STEM
fields, gain experiences in public outreach and science communication,
receive training in ethics/responsible conduct of research, and participate
in a diversity workshop to help overcome bias in science.


Students will be provided a stipend, dormitory housing, and assistance with
travel costs.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and an
undergraduate during the entire period.  We especially encourage students
from groups traditionally underrepresented in science to apply.

To apply, please send complete the online application:

Applications close February 10, 2017.
Please direct any questions to Emily Hallock (ehallock@fieldmuseum.org).