REU: Carbon cycling in alpine ponds of Colorado

Dr. Scott Wissinger and Dr. Amanda DelVecchia

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Allegheny College

We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student to conduct a

10-week research project investigating patterns in CO2 saturation and

efflux across alpine ponds in Gothic, Colorado (

nitedstates/colorado/placesweprotect/mexican-cut-preserve.xml).  The

project involves rigorous field sampling, measurement of headspace samples

on a gas chromatograph and/or LiCor, and collection of routine hydrologic

measurements.  Student should have taken basic biology and chemistry

classes and should be in good academic standing.  An interest in ecology

and/or hydrology is preferred.  Experience with both field and lab

techniques is also preferable, but not necessary.

Sampling requires hiking with equipment to 12,000 feet in elevation in

variable weather conditions =E2=80=93 thus student should be comfortable in

wilderness conditions and in excellent physical condition.  The student

should also be comfortable living in a relatively remote setting.

Position includes room, board, and stipend from the beginning of June to

mid August.  The student will be housed at Rocky Mountain Biological

Laboratory ( and will be enrolled in RMBL=E2=80=99s REU progra=

m, where

the student will be able to participate in routine meetings and a symposium

at the end of summer.  The student will also be part of a large team of

aquatic ecologists including professors, postdocs, graduate students,

undergraduate research assistants, and other REU students.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and 1 page statement of

interest to