Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities in forest dendroecology and microclimate

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities in forest dendroecology and microclimateWe are seeking applicants for two NSF-funded Research Experience forUndergraduates (REU) positions in summer 2022 to examine the impacts ofwildfire and drought on tree survival, tree growth, and streamflow at theH.J. Andrews (HJA) Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)site in the lush Oregon Western Cascades.*Background*: Wildfires burned through more than a million acres of forestsof the Pacific Northwest in 2020, bringing new urgency to understanding theimpacts of wildfire on water resources. It is well known that fire effectson trees impact hydrological dynamics (e.g., streamflow) by alteringevapotranspiration and runoff. Less understood, however, are the mediatingeffects of pre-fire forest conditions such as management history, radialgrowth patterns, and fine-scale microclimate on tree mortality. Similarly,how is watershed hydrology, in general, affected by first- (4-5 yr postfire) order fire effects on trees, and at what temporal scales streamflow impacts are highest (e.g., sub-weeklyvs. sub-daily) in temperate mesic forests.Near the HJA-LTER site, the Holiday Farm Fire burned >700 km2 of forest,including watersheds with old-growth forest and managed (i.e. a plantation)stands. To our knowledge, this is the first time that wildfires haveaffected paired managed and unmanaged watersheds with existing long-termrecords that can be used to quantify the effects of fire. This provides uswith a unique opportunity to learn about these processes and to informmanagement and conservation efforts!*The opportunity logistics*: The Field station has research camping sitesrestricted for use for researchers with kitchen areas and portablebathrooms. The station has wireless internet near headquarters.  The studentswill be based in Corvallis or Portland and travel in 7 5-day campaigns. Theremaining 3 weeks, the REU will work in the lab learning about tree ringsample processing techniques.*The setting*:  The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwestold-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglasfirs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The 10-week programwill fit students on either the quarter or semester systems.*Position*:  The REU students will conduct supervised and guided research.The REU will work closely with the PIs of the project, Drs. Holz (PSU) andSegura (OSU), and graduate students working on related topics. Each REUwill receive a $5,500 stipend and up to $2,500 to offset travel, housing,and supplies expenses. As this is considered an educational program ratherthan employment, Oregon State University (OSU) does not provide WorkersCompensation insurance coverage nor medical insurance.*Position Requirements*: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license,and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances overuneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, inthe field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience isa plus and a general understanding of forest ecology, biology, and/orsilviculture is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolledundergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2022. Further,all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. *Applicationsfrom women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities areespecially encouraged.**To apply: *Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest,experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae,copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and emailaddress of at least two references to: Catalina Segura ( and Andres Holz ( of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitablecandidate is identified.