Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Dartmouth College

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):

The Aging of a Forest in the Anthropocene

Invertebrates are an essential link in the food chain. This project aims to understand how the abundance of forest invertebrates vary as a result of forest succession and available nutrients. We aim to collect insect and gastropod samples from three locations at Hubbard Brook: 1) Watershed 1, where 45 tons of calcium silicate were added via helicopter in 1999, 2) Watershed 5, where a whole-tree harvest was carried out from 1983 to 1984, and 3) Watershed 6, the reference watershed. With these samples, we can compare invertebrate abundance and species composition in the reference forest to that in an acid-remediated forest of the same age, and a forest that is now at about the same age as the other forests were when studies began 50 years ago. Co-mentors: Dr. Matt Ayres ( and Miranda Zammarelli (, Dartmouth College.

To apply please email the following to

1.            A one page resume (including relevant coursework)

2.            Contacts for three people who can provide a reference

3.            Short answers (~1 paragraph each) to the following questions:

  • There are many options for working in the environment, and research is one particular way. Why do you want to explore research?
  • Why are you interested in the research project to which you are applying?
  • How do you think that participating in the Hubbard Brook REU program could help you in your degree program and in your future pursuits?

For information on REUs at Hubbard Brook, please check out the website: