We have one REU position available for a student to conduct a research project within a large-scale, replicated experiment on conservation corridors in South Carolina. The REU will be mentored by Dr. John Orrock (Associate Professor at UW-Madison) and Savannah Bartel (PhD student at UW-Madison). We will work with the student to develop a project centered around the general question: “What is the role of small mammals in the dispersal of seeds through connected habitats?” Within this general framework, the REU will have the opportunity to select specific questions and hypotheses to test, such as: 1) How do corridors affect small-mammal activity and community composition? 2) How do corridors affect predator activity? 3) How do corridors alter seed preference by small mammals?
The REU will conduct fieldwork over the summer of 2018 (~May-August). The student will receive a stipend ($6000), along with an offset to living expenses ($600). All research expenses will be covered. The student will live close to our field station (USFS Savannah River), near New Ellenton, SC.
Interested undergraduates should contact Savannah Bartel (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy of their CV or resume and a brief statement of interest (~1 paragraph).
Applications are due by March 15th.