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Summer Research at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Translational Ecology: Independent Research in Ecology for Undergraduates
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York

Ten undergraduate students will join the Cary Institute research community in 2011 to:
  • Complete a research project of their own design.
  • Be a part of an exciting research community.
  • Work closely with leading ecologists.
  • Exchange ideas with a diverse group of students, scientists and educators.
  • Have access to state of the art facilities.
  • Explore ecology career options and rewards.
  • Build skills and gain practice in connecting ecological research to policy/management, communication and education.
  • See how ecological research has an impact on our society.

The program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology.

Dates: May 29 to August 17, 2012 (12 weeks)
Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.
Stipend: $6,000 stipend, plus $600 allowance for food and free housing in Bacon Flats Lodge.
Other support: Some assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well.

Projects for 2012:
  • Microbial processes in urban ecosystems.
  • What, if anything, controls tick populations and tick-borne disease?
  • Effects of alternative road de-icers on ecosystems.
  • Urbanization and vectors of human disease
  • Ecosystem responses to an introduced pest in hemlock forests.
  • Investigating people's ideas about ecosystems
  • Songbird Behavioral Ecology: How do veeries use their songs for mate choice and territory defense?
  • The impact of synthetic compounds on stream ecosystem function
  • Enhancing the ecological function of Hudson River shore zones.
  • Biomass scaling of the effects of ecosystem engineering by organisms.

To apply: See our website at:
Online application only.
Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2012.

For more information, contact:
Patricia Zolnik
Undergraduate Research Coordinator
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
PO Box AB, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY 12545
(845) 677-7600 x326
Fax: (845) 677-5976

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