Summer 2019 REU at University of Idaho

ITEAM Lab NSF REU Summer 2019 Internship opportunity *

The Idaho Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling Lab (ITEAM) at the

University of Idaho is seeking one paid undergraduate Research Experience

for Undergraduate (REU) intern for the Summer 2019. This National Science

Foundation REU opportunity provides 11 weeks of funding ($500

stipend/week). *The project offers ample opportunities for an undergraduate

to develop a research project and pursue a senior-thesis while building the

necessary foundation to pursue a career in ecological research*.

The ITEAM lab studies forest ecosystems in relation to the interactions

between climate change, policy decisions, and natural and anthropogenic

disturbances. Current research projects include: exploring the use of

ecosystem measurements in differing forest types to estimate carbon

balances in the context of climate conditions; modeling forest ecosystem

responses to changes in climate, wildfire, and forest management.

During the summer of 2019, *the REU intern will assist the ITEAM lab with

field work, data management, and research project development*. The REU

intern will be exposed to field techniques associated with forest

inventories, and terrestrial vegetation and soil sampling to quantify

ecosystem properties. The student will learn database usage,

statistical/spatial analyses, and will communicate research findings in

both oral and written forms.

*Through this hands-on experience, the REU student will have to develop and

implement a unique and independent research project associated with the

lab’s field research. * There are many opportunities to develop an

independent project with the mentoring of ITEAM members from both

previously collected and the upcoming 2019 field season data. The student

will have 11 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) participation in the summer

of 2019. For students attending U. Idaho, there is a possibility to

continue their independent research with the ITEAM lab in the fall 2019


*Requirements:* Junior-standing undergraduate (as of Fall 2019) who plans

to reside near Moscow, ID for summer 2019; minimum GPA of 3.0; significant

interest in forest ecology, field research, camping, hiking, and outdoor

elements; ability to take direction and learn from others; strong work

ethic, self-motivated, and critical thinking skills with a desire to learn

and develop research and professional communication skills. Ability to

complete 11 weeks of full-time work between May 1 and October 1, 2019.


must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as an

undergraduate student. Students with backgrounds that are underrepresented

in forest science are encouraged to apply.

*Application:*  Please submit a cover letter (detailing your interest,

relevant previous experience(s), relevant skills to the ITEAM lab, and

summer availability), resume, academic transcripts (unofficial fine), and

1-2 letters of recommendation (minimum one from academic faculty member

familiar with your work) to Dr. Tara Hudiburg ( by

April 1st, 2019.