Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to
apply for an expense-paid summer internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and
Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests, New Hampshire.
About the Project:
Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an
NSF-funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New
York, Cornell University, and Miami University of Ohio. The project involves
large-scale additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium to 13 stands of
different ages. More information on the project is available at
http://www.esf.edu/melnhe, including a blog from previous field crews.
Interns will gain experience in the field with tree identification,
fertilizer application, soil respiration measurements (LiCor LI-8100), stem
mapping, leaf litter collection, and more. Laboratory duties include
weighing leaves, sorting roots from soil, and entering and documenting data.
Interns are encouraged to design their own summer projects, and will have
access to previously collected datasets. Interns will have the opportunity
to present their work to a group of leading ecosystem scientists at the
annual Hubbard Brook Cooperator’s Meeting in July.
Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest;
tenting is optional. Typical weekdays begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, but
may be shorter or longer depending upon the task. A stipend of $200 per week
is provided for living expenses. Food is prepared communally by the interns
and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $7-8 per
day. Interns willing to drive personal vehicles for fieldwork will be
reimbursed for mileage at $0.54mile. Unfortunately, we are unable to
reimburse for travel to and from New Hampshire.
The ideal applicants have strong interests in forest biology, ecology or
biogeochemistry, and are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a related
field. Recent graduates will also be considered. A positive attitude is
necessary and a sense of humor is a plus. Candidates should be able to
perform tasks with attention to detail under harsh conditions (heat, rain,
biting insects). They should also be willing to perform repetitive tasks in
the lab. Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an
estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 25% labwork, and 15 %
To apply please send a brief letter of interest, resume, and contact
information for three references in a single doc or pdf file to Craig See at
[email protected] Please include all previous work experience (not just
research) on your resume. Please include dates of availability in the cover
letter. We will begin reviewing applications on March 7th.