two REU positions in northern Alaska

We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer

field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess

labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Our overall research objective

is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future

changes in arctic vegetation.  In this project, we are focusing on the

mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra

ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to

further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra

and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data

entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigators,

graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research

project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will

present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In

addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station. You will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in

arctic Alaska (, which is the focus of research by

nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic

ecology projects.  The positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting

in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.=20

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics,

and computer science would be an advantage.  Experience in field or

laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a

remote field site is preferred.  You should have skills with plant

identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel,

and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally

under adverse weather conditions.  A valid U.S. drivers=92s license is

preferred.  Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people

desired!  We want the work to be both fun and challenging.  You must be a

U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an

undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall

2017.  You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of

employment.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume,

including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of

your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3)

a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your

background and research experience, and includes anything that you think

would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this

position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, by April 10, 2017.

We will contact you to discuss the position.