The Echinacea Project seeks undergraduate students and graduates to conduct fieldwork in Minnesota prairies. We investigate ecology and evolution in fragmented prairie habitat in Minnesota, focusing on a model organism, the purple coneflower. This summer, we will investigate the effects of spring fires on summer flowering, pollination, and plant reproduction; you can read more about our work with fire in Popular Science or watch this video we made. We have many projects for interns with backgrounds or interests in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, and conservation. We also have projects for interns with little field research experience but enthusiasm to learn. All positions are paid, including several NSF-funded REU internships, a field assistant position, and a 12-month internship for recent grads. We especially encourage students from groups underrepresented in science to apply!
Applications are due starting February 24th. See our website for more information. The team and I are happy to answer any questions.