Thursday, March 31, 2016

Summer Travel

SEEDS student participants at the 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD
The SEEDS program offers two types of travel awards to attend the ESA Annual Meeting every year. This year the meeting will be hosted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from August 7-12, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Summer Research Opportunity

Linking ecosystem and geomorphic processes to understand the large-scale dynamics of tropical mountains mediated by landsliding.  

Are you interested in learning about plant functional diversity? Do you want to gain experience in a project combining ecology with geomorphology? Do you want to want to learn about how soil fertility may influence plant traits influencing slope stability? Are you interested in learning how these interactions may influence carbon cycling? Do you want to learn about the relationships between landsliding and climate change? Do you want to learn about new cultures? Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, this summerexperience can be for you! Through field sampling of vegetation and soil in two contrasting environments (forest and landslides) this project seeks to understand the dynamics of landsliding and its importance for the diversity and functioning of tropical montane ecosystems. The work will be conducted in the Sierra de Las Minas, a mountain range located in eastern Guatemala that harbors and enormous diversity of plants and is critical in the production of water. 

The student participating in this project will learn about field methods and will have the opportunity to develop a research project. Students interested in applying to graduate school in the Fall semester are encouraged to consider the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras as an option. 

* Desire to gain experience in the field. 
* Desire to learn new ecosystems and cultures. 
* Interest in outdoor activities. 
* Strong work ethic
* 3rd year of studies in Biology or related disciplines. 
* Ideally have taken a course in ecology or field techniques. 
* GPA> 3.5 
* Knowing Spanish is a plus. 

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified students. If you are interested in this opportunity please submit the following documents: 
(a) Letter explaining you interest in participating in this study
(b) 1-2 page essay describing your interests and goals 
(c) Curriculum Vitae
(d) Two letters of recommendation 

Visit the Tropical Large-scale Ecology Lab page for more information.