Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) –PIE LTER

Position Title:  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) –PIE LTER
Date:     December 18, 2017
Position Summary:         
The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (
REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).
Additional Information:
REU projects will be drawn from the following areas: microbial processes and communities, sediment dynamics, plant ecology, population and community ecology of invertebrates, fish population size and diet, marsh carbon and nitrogen cycles, and watershed inputs and processing. Students will work closely with mentors to develop and conduct independent projects within these research areas. However, both students will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. Students are expected to present their findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole. Housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA.
Basic Qualifications:       
Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential.
Preferred Qualifications:             
Previous experience with boats is useful but not required.
Physical Requirements:
Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required.
The Marine Biological Laboratory is an
Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.
Molly Kelleher
Human Resources Assistant
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA  02543