REU positions in forest invasion ecology

The Fei lab at Purdue University is accepting applications for 1-2 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions. The undergraduate student(s) will be based in West Lafayette and would work on projects for the NSF MSB-FRA Award # EF-1638702, Modeling Invasion Dynamics Across Scales (MIDAS) in collaboration with members of the Fei lab. Two specific areas of research interest are available, including (1) investigating associations between forest understory invasion patterns and forest tree mycorrhizal types, and (2) determining the influences of forest canopy phenology and structure on plant invasion.
The students will primarily be responsible for assisting with tasks related to expanding the current project. In particular, students will be expected (1) to collect species trait and/or remote sensing data, and (2) to assist in analyzing data and producing papers. Preferred qualifications include (but are not required): quantitative and computational skills, and experience with working with GIS and remote sensing data.
This is a 12-week position during the summer term starting during the 2nd or 3rd week in May of 2018 and a successful applicant will be expected to work 40 hours per week. Compensation is $6,000 over the course of 12 weeks. A successful applicant is expected to secure their own lodging, meals, and transportation. Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply: Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience. Send application materials in one PDF file to Dr. Insu Jo ( and Dr. Elizabeth LaRue ( The letter of recommendation should be e-mailed directly from the recommender with the applicant’s name in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until April 20, 2018.
Elizabeth LaRue, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University