Dr. Hill and students


Summer 2017

Duke Marine Lab Scholarships

The Duke University Marine Lab is pleased to offer full scholarships for two undergraduates ( covering tuition & fees, room & board, books, travel to Beaufort, and support for participation in a Beaufort Signature travel course to Panama during a semester of study, Fall 2017 in Beaufort North Carolina. Undergraduate scholars will enroll in Duke courses taught in Beaufort where there is emphasis on the biology and physiology of marine organisms, marine molecular biology, marine policy, and coastal socio-ecological issues. Scholars will choose their coursework from a list of fall course options: https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/fall. Students will receive a Duke University transcript at the conclusion of the semester.

Application deadline: 25 February 2017

Notification of awards will be made no later than 15 March 2017.

To be eligible, an applicant must

*   be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior in college in Fall 2017=

 (Duke students are not eligible for this scholarship)

*   be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa

Other factors considered in the evaluation process include whether an applicant

*   identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented =

in marine science

*   has demonstrated interest in marine science and its impact on society

*   anticipates pursuing a PhD in the marine sciences

*   submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

To apply, interested students are required to submit:

*         Personal essay: How has your heritage made a difference in your life? How might it resonate in your work in marine science? How will a semester at the Duke Marine Laboratory benefit your career goals?

*         Resume

*         Two academic letters of recommendation (email to dukemarinelab@nicholas.duke.edu)

*         Official transcript

*         Undergraduate Scholarship Application (available at the website link below)

Students on financial aid should consult with their financial aid advisor to determine how a scholarship would impact their financial aid package.

Check the website for complete application information:  https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/undergraduate/scholarships-marine-science

Long-Term Resilience of the Chihuahua Desert Ecosystem

Curious about how human related disturbance impacts vegetation and soil in a fragile desert ecosystem? The Jornada Basin LTER in collaboration with New Mexico State University invites applications for a NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) in summer 2017. This 10-week experience enables you to investigate long-term impacts of different disturbance types on the resistance and resilience of desert vegetation, biological soil crusts and soil properties. As an REU you will complete final (20th year) measurements on a unique study designed to determine how resilience is affected by disturbance type, frequency, intensity, and soil/geomorphic surface/plant and biological soil crust community. The study is replicated at 5 locations in southern New Mexico on and near the Jornada Basin LTER. You will work as part of a team collecting data on plant and biological soil crust community composition, soil aggregate stability and carbon flux rates. Additional measurements of soil hydrology may be included depending on time and interest. You may have the opportunity to serve as a co-author on one or more publications resulting from this 20-year dataset.

This REU experience provides you with:

High quality research experience in desert ecology

Skills in field biology and laboratory methodologies

Opportunity to work alongside researchers from interdisciplinary fields at a NSF funded LTER facility

Participation in the 1-day Desert Ecology short course taught by Jornada LTER scientists

Opportunity to disseminate results in presentations and scientific publications

A stipend of $800 for 10 weeks


You must be enrolled as an undergraduate at an approved university for spring and fall of 2017.

Valid US driver=92s license is required.

Ability to work full days outside in the sun, wind, and low humidity.

Interest and ability to stay overnight in field station lodging. Accommodations will be provided on-site with other researchers at the remote Jornada field station located 40 miles north of Las Cruces, NM.

Your travel to and from Las Cruces from your home will need to be paid from your stipend

Your application should include:

Letter of intent including statement of interest and previous research experience

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Unofficial undergraduate transcripts

For more information on the Jornada Basin LTER please visit https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter. You can find information on the research mentors here:Nicole Pietrasiak http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/nicole-pietrasiak.html; and Jeff Herrick https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter/user/10156/view.

Applications due: March 1, 2017. Please send your applications to Nicole Pietrasiak (npietras@nmsu.edu<mailto:npietras@nmsu.edu) and Jeff Herrick (jeff.herrick@ars.usda.gov)<mailto:jeff.herrick@ars.usda.gov).

Firefly Research Internship

2017 Research Internship Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc. (PAFF)  (501c3 Non-Profit) 13558 Route 666 Tionesta, PA  16353 https://pafireflyfestival.org/

Paid Internship  June-August 2017 (dates flexible).  Housing  includedApply to Bruce Parkhurst parkhurst.bruce@gmail.com copy to PAFF board pafireflyfestival@gmail.com

Research Internship   PAFF seeks undergraduate student for basic field research on firefly habitats, Forest County PA (Allegheny National Forest area).  Ongoing research: collecting phenological data by day, GPS data at night, where fireflies are active. Additional requirements: participate in educational outreach events, peak firefly season (~2 weeks). Funded by grant from the Huplits Wildlife Fund (Sierra Club).

For full description: parkhurst.bruce@gmail.com

Qualifications     Basic field research experience. Ideal candidate: energetic with inquisitive mind. Remote location: must have good health, physical stamina, love of outdoors & no reservations being in the forest at night. Own vehicle, camping experience (& gear) helpful.

Duration: 8-10 week internship, June-Aug (PA Firefly season.). Flexibility on dates, but  must be on site continuously 6/12-7/1 for seasonal events/outreach.

Application:  Send letter of interest to emails above (or mail PAFF by post). Describe research interests, experience, & evidence of outstanding academic potential. Provide 3 references, 1 of which is your faculty or research advisor. Salary Level  $2500. Stipend. Small budget available for supplies & research work. Housing included   Tent camping and/or rustic cabin available on festival premises: Black Caddis Ranch, Kellettville. B&B overnights or temporary stay with local supporters possible on non-peak dates. Letters of Interest due March 4. Submit info to both emails shown at top (or snailmail PAFF)

PhD Scholarships

Three fully funded PhD scholarships are available to work on crisis conservation situations in Brazil, Indonesia or South Africa (follow the hyperlinks in each country's name to learn more) as part of the 'Crisis Conservation: Saving Nature in Times and Spaces of Exception'project. 

Field Schools

For an extensive list of  Field School and Internship opportunities, check the American Anthropology Association website.

Professional Organizations



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