SUMMER NSF REU- how do predators alter parasite transmission

How predators alter parasite transmission in complex communities

The Johnson Laboratory ( is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for our lab crew at the University of Colorado in Boulder beginning in May 11 (some flexibility) and concluding in early August 2019.

The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all student candidates (that will not graduate prior to June 2019) from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.

Research Project: Predator inhibition of trematode parasite transmission: The primary objective for this project is to have a student investigate a much-needed research topic surrounding the study of infections and pathology caused by trematodes. The selected student will lead an ambitious yet tractable study into how common aquatic predators affect the spread of parasites and whether these effects vary by parasite species or predator foraging strategy. Over the summer, the selected REU will work closely with Dr. Johnson and our research team at the University of Colorado Boulder. The student will gain valuable experience in designing experiments, quantifying ecological data, and statistical analysis. They will also obtain foundational knowledge of host-parasite interactions, predator-prey dynamics, and the identification of both parasite and free-living species. Following completion of the experiments, the student will work closely with the PI to analyze (1) how the rate of parasite consumption varies by predator, and (2) whether predators select certain parasites preferentially as a function of body size, movement patterns, or activity times based on the natural history of the parasite.

To apply: Email an application package that should include (1) a brief statement of interest detailing how obtaining an REU would advance your career goals; (2) a description of related previous research; (3) a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our laboratory, and finally (4) a current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to with the subject title (PREDATOR REU application) by February 11th, 2018.

*Please remember ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2019 can apply*