Undergraduate Summer Internship at the University of Montana

The PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking for an undergraduate intern to participate in all aspects of summer field and lab research. This would be a great opportunity to learn ecological field and lab techniques in a beautiful setting. Research in the Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales. More information about the lab can be found at: http://www.cfc.umt.edu/research/paleoecologylab/.


The summer intern would participate in two ongoing projects focused on understanding the ecological consequences of wildfires in the Northern Rockies. The first project aims to understand how climate and wildfires interact to determine post-fire tree regeneration. The second project focuses on understanding fire history and ecological change in the Northern Rockies over the past 2000 years, utilizing environmental archives in lake-sediment records.  Fieldwork for both projects involve hiking to remote field sites, either low-elevation forests sites or subalpine lakes. The intern will learn general forest ecology of the region, and specific dendroecological and/or lake-sediment coring field techniques. Field campaigns will range from 2-10 days and will involve camping and at time strenuous hiking. In between field efforts and/or at the end of the field season, the intern would spend time in the lab, learning how to process tree cores and cross sections for dendroecological studies.


This internship could span 8-10 weeks, from early June through mid-August, with some flexibility in timing. Missoula is a vibrant community and a wonderful place to spend the summer. Many outdoor recreational opportunities exist in the area, including hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, etc., and the city hosts two weekly farmer’s markets, as well as numerous music events. If interested in this internship please contact Kim Taylor at [email protected].