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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
2660 Fawn Lake Drive
East Bethel, MN
Posted: June 10 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 5 Full-time, Paid
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DescriptionThe Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for summer and fall research Internships. The research internships are in plant community ecology. Most research positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed in the fall and possibly into the winter. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, or related field we encourage you to apply.
We have three large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one large scale experiment where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, and altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. The third large scale experiment we will be surveying this year involves Oak Savannas. This study examines the effects of long-term prescribed burning treatments on vegetation structure and composition, productivity, and nutrient cycling in upland oak savanna and woodland vegetation. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments.
The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve itself is a nine square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. Because of its fortunate location in mid-continent at the triple meeting point of three great biomes of North America, it carries much of the continent's biological heritage. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. To learn more detailed information about experiments, researchers, and the Cedar Creek area please visit our website at www.cedarcreek.umn.edu.
TO APPLY FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE INTERN POSITIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE, http://z.umn.edu/ccjobs . The deadline for application submission is February 16th, 2015. For any questions regarding the internships or application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.