REU Position – Summer 2019

NSF Undergraduate Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Position at Michigan State University

Data-Intensive Macrosystems Research in Freshwater Ecology

Description: An National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position is available at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary macrosystems research team that applies data-intensive approaches to freshwater ecology. The student will work on a collaborative project that includes computer science, statistics, and ecology faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. This collaborative project is building a database of all 350,000 lakes in the continental US that is the basis for studying how lakes respond to changes in climate and land use across broad scales. The work will include a combination of GIS/remote sensing tools and ecology theory and methods to study lakes. Students will be trained in the use of data-intensive tools, which will build their skill sets for future research and career needs. The student will develop their own research related to this project.

This summer research project and the REU position is part of an NSF-funded Macrosystems Biology project called Continental Limnology, which is an effort to build a large, integrated lake and geospatial database for all lakes in the continental US. See for more details.

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to students with coursework and/or experience in ecology, statistics, GIS, the MS Office Suite, Google Earth Engine, and an interest in learning coding in R, Python, or Java.

Hours: 40 hr/week, May – August; exact start and end-dates are negotiable

Pay:  $12-$15/hr depending on experience

Location: Data-intensive Landscape Limnology Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Deadline: April 16, 2019

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to Dr. Patricia Soranno at Review of applications will begin on April 19, 2019.