Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Ecology and the Environmental Sciences (Responses)
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TimestampPosition titlePerson and/or lab doing hiringContact informationDepartmentPosition descriptionType of systemType of activityType of positionTime commitmentLocationCompensationQualifications expectedHow to applyAny additional information?Application deadline/closing dateOne-time or ongoing position
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10/29/2019 9:51:29Research internGwen Arnoldgbarnold@ucdavis.eduEnvironmental Science & PolicyWorking on a project to understanding local governance of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Research tasks include (but not limited to): Collecting and organizing secondary-source data; requesting and collecting public records from state and local agencies; content analysis of newspaper content and public records; constructing network matrices; calculating basic descriptive statistics; and doing basic social network analyses.Human/social science/policyData entry, Data analysis, Social science surveysOpen-endedminimum 6/hours per week, minimum 2-quarter commitmentDavisUnits, Volunteer, Units if you want them, and none if you don't!Interest in the topic, basic familiarity with Excel, organizational skills, persistence, responsibility; having taken ESP1 and/or ESP160 is a plusContact Gwen, gbarnold@ucdavis.edu
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11/13/2019 21:57:46Student Research Assistant/InternJohn Durandjrdurand@ucdavis.eduCenter for Watershed SciencesLab and field support for food web studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Includes microscopy, water quality analyses and boat sampling for fishes. Marine/coastal, Freshwater, Temperate, Invertebrate, Vertebrate, Hydrology, OceanographyField, Lab, Data entry, Data analysisYearly/long-term10+ hours per week during classes; 20+ hours per week during breaksCenter for Watershed SciencesPaid, UnitsBasic lab and outdoor skillsCover letter, CV and Transcripts
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1/29/2020 12:12:48Undergraduate Research InternFangue/Rypel Labsebaird@ucdavis.eduWildlife Fish & Conservation BiologyAssist research staff and graduate students with fish husbandry, data collection, experimental preparation/setup, and laboratory maintenance.Freshwater, Vertebrate, HydrologyField, Lab, Data entry, Data analysisQuarterlyFlexible, but looking for between 5-10 hrs/weekVarious laboratories and fish facilities on and off campus, as well as field sites throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin watershedUnits, Volunteer, Opportunity for potential paid undergraduate positionsSend me an email with your information (major, year, any animal husbandry or research experience, classes related to fish/ecology/physiology) as well as an estimate of your weekly availability for the quarter.
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2/26/2020 17:59:04Undergruate student internsThorne labrmboynton@ucdavis.eduEnvironmental Science & Policy2- 3 undergraduate student internships are available in Dr. Thorne’s lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. The work is to help document all the records in the State of California’s collection of stored seeds. These seeds are used in reforestation efforts. Interns will be involved with data entry, and will interact with professional foresters located in Davis who are developing approaches to reforestation efforts that take into account a changing climate, with the hope of having more resilient forests in California. There is a potential for summer fieldwork associated with the project. We are looking for people with good attention to detail!Plant, Forest Tree seed collectionLab, Predominantly a lab position, with some training available for fieldwork.Open-ended3 hours per week minimumOn campusUnitsJunior or senior, computer literate, good attention to detail. Familiarity with climate change impacts preferred. resume, coursework and cover letter. Make your cover letter to Ryan Boynton. He will compile the applications. Position can start before spring 1/4 depending on schedules.
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3/2/2020 17:19:20Interns (Outstanding student has potential to get paid and working as a student research assistant in the lab) Shenwen Gu/ Dr. Ching-Hsien Chen Labamygu@ucdavis.eduDepartment of Internal Medicine, School of MedicineResponsibilities:
o Lab dudes
o Review and research project background and status with mentor
o Become proficient in laboratory experiments such as IHC, protein assay, western blots etc.
o Participate in all phases of research including planning, preparation, calibration, application, evaluation, data analysis, maintenance, and when necessary, appropriate disposal.
o Design and conduct experiments, with mentorship guidance, within a defined project
o Make novel observations
o Collect and interpret data
o Draw sound scientific conclusions based on data analysis. The results of these studies, and the conclusions generated, will impact research plans and advancement decisions on the experimental materials.
o Present project reviews before colleagues and peers
Vertebrate, Mammal, Human/social science/policyLab, Data entryOpen-ended (prefer long-term students)10-12 hours/weekGBSF, DavisUnits, Transcript notation via Handshake, Volunteer, Outstanding student will get hired as student research assistant motivated, willing to read and learn send resume to Shenwen Gu (amygu@ucdavis.edu)
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3/13/2020 15:45:46Volunteer Research AssistantRichard Kim (Lawler Lab)sfrkim@ucdavis.eduEntomologyRecruiting field assistants interested in invasive species, conservation of threatened species, wetland ecology, and predator-prey interactions!

Responsibilities include:
1. Nocturnal surveys of wetlands for amphibians--involves wading through wetlands in wet suits and kayaking to capture animals
2. Weekly husbandry of lab animals (snakes and frogs)
3. Potential to learn frog handling/marking/collecting diet data
4. Setting up cameras and arena for predator-prey interaction experiments
5. Weekly data entry
6. A potential to develop a senior project, based on the amount of commitment and level of performance during the field work and experiments

All field work will be conducted in the Natomas Basin (40-min drive from campus). Our field season begins at the end of June and ends near the end of September; each month, we will conduct about 7 days of consecutive field site visits. All experimental work will be conducted in the UCD TRACS facility (10-min bike ride from Mrak hall). Our experimental work will begin potentially in late May and end in September.

Availability for the entire field season is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be willing to work long hours in the field during the field season (8 p.m. - 4 a.m.; 7-consecutive days each month for 3 months). Applicants must be willing to handle amphibians and reptiles by hand--previous experience is NOT required, but preferred. Applicants may be asked to use personal vehicles to drive to field sites.
Terrestrial, Freshwater, HerpField, Lab, Data entry, Data analysisQuarterlyNocturnal field work (8 p.m. - 4 a.m.; 7-consecutive days each month, between July and September 2020)
Lab work (2~4 hours each week; between May and September 2020)

*Additional work is available upon request, during Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 quarters, for data analyses experience
Field work (Natomas Basin, CA; 40-min drive from campus); Lab work (UCD TRACS; 10-min bike ride from Mrak Hall)Units, Transcript notation via Handshake, Volunteer, A potential to develop a senior project, based on the amount of commitmentPrevious experience handling reptiles and amphibians are preferred, but NOT required. Must be willing to work long hours at night in the field. email your resume and references (maximum 3) to sfrkim@ucdavis.edu. Please apply as soon as possible, as positions are limited.
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6/15/2020 15:16:40Captive endangered rodent volunteerJanet Foley jefoley@ucdavis.eduVeterinary Medicine and Epidemiology As part of a small mammal conservation project run by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and multiple collaborators, 20 endangered Amargosa voles were removed from shrinking habitat in July 2014 and moved to UC Davis to create a captive breeding colony. Our voles do very well in captivity and we maintain ~40 animals at a time. The captive population serves as an insurance colony in case a catastrophic environmental event occurs in their natural habitat, as a source of new animals for supplementing the natural population, and for research to better understand the species. To maintain the colony, We have a team of undergrad students that provide daily care to the animals (spot-cleaning cages, giving fresh food and water, making sure all animals are alert and healthy).Scheduling is very flexible. Each volunteer assists with 2-3 vole care shifts per week. Students sign up for any days/times that work for them. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with physical health exams, and learn wild rodent handling techniques.Terrestrial, Vertebrate, MammalDaily care to the animalsTwo quarters Each volunteer assists with 2-3 vole care shifts per week and each shift usually takes about 1-2 hours, so you would be committing ~5 hours of time per week.The facilities are located on Old Davis Road, 15 minutes from main campus by bicycleVolunteerNo previous experience is required Email your CV or resume and a brief statement of interest (including you expectations for the position) to Dr. Janet Foley
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11/4/2020 19:11:53Research Intern (GIS and Remote Sensing)Yuhan Huang (Jin Lab)yuhhuang@ucdavis.eduLand Air & Water ResourcesWe are recruiting 2-3 undergraduate research internships in Dr. Yufang Jin's Lab. You will be working on a research project investigating wildfire and forest ecosystem under the Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions, a multi-institution collaboration. In our lab, we use geospatial, remote sensing, and machine learning methods to map and analyze trends of tree mortality and wildfire behaviors. As a research intern, you will be involved with tree mortality annotation and ground truth collection from high-resolution images using ArcGIS and will have the opportunity to learn about geospatial tools, programming, and deep learning as the project progresses.Terrestrial, PlantData entry, Data analysis, ModelingOpen-endedflexible but 4+ hours/week is preferredoff-campus; remote connection to lab computerTranscript notation via Handshake, Volunteerfamiliarity with ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro; basic knowledge about tree mortality is preferred but not requiredIf interested, please send me an email with your information (major, year, classes or experiences related to GIS/remote sensing) as well as an estimate of your weekly availability for the quarter. Ongoing
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3/16/2021 9:58:38
Undergraduate researcher
Elena Suglia and Danielle De La Pascua via the Gremer lab
esuglia@ucdavis.edu, drdelapascua@ucdavis.edu
Evolution & Ecology
We are looking for undergraduates interested in research in plant ecology and evolution, especially considering how herbivory and drought affect a plant's life history and defense responses. Options for both remote and in-person work available, depending on vaccine availability. Tasks may include:- fieldwork, plant rearing, data collection, imaging analysis, modeling
Plant
Field, Lab, Data entry, Data analysis, Modeling
Open-ended
Time commitment is flexible, can be a few hours a week to whole work days in the field
Davis, remote, field sites
Units, Volunteer
Please email esuglia@ucdavis.edu and drdelapascua@ucdavis.edu if you are interested in this position. Please include your location for Spring 2021 quarter, as well as the types of projects that you are interested in (for e.g., field work, analytical lab work, imaging analysis, data entry and analysis, plant rearing and maintenance), and your time availability.
Ongoing
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3/22/2021 15:36:35
Seagrass Ecology at the Bodega Marine Lab
Jay Stachowicz
jjstachowicz@ucdavis.edu
Evolution & Ecology
The Stachowicz Lab is hiring a Student Research Assistant for a paid summer position (approximately June 21-September 10, 2021) located at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. The student will assist with ongoing lab and field experiments and field surveys studying the ecology of fish and invertebrate communities associated with eelgrass. Specifically, this project is assessing how communities of invertebrates and fish assemble and influence each other and their seagrass habitat. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Pay is ~$14 per hour. Compensation will will also include paid housing at Bodega Marine Laboratory (pending approval from BML administration). Applicants must be UC Davis undergraduate students (students who graduate in June 2021 are eligible). More details at https://stachlab.wordpress.com/summer-undergrad-position/
Marine/coastal, Invertebrate, Plant
Field, LabQuarterlyFull timeBodega Marine LabPaid
Basic understanding of and interest in ecology. Comfortable in field conditions, early mornings, mud, wet and cold. Hard-working, conscientious and reliable.
See details and application requirements here: https://stachlab.wordpress.com/summer-undergrad-position/
4/5/2021One-time
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4/19/2021 12:05:52
Position in Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Hodson Lab
akhodson@ucdavis.edu
Entomology
The job responsibilities involve field sample collection and laboratory sample processing as part of ongoing research on sustainable pest management and soil ecology. Laboratory work will involve preparing soil and plant samples analyses, as well as data entry and general lab maintenance such as washing dishes, cleaning/organizing lab supplies and equipment, and restocking and preparing media for experiments. Field and greenhouse work will include measurements of plant physiology and soil health as well as green house gas emissions for carbon accounting. For more information on projects see http://hodsonlab.org/. While the hire date will be in Spring quarter 2021, preference will be given to those who can work over the summer. Having own transportation to field sites is a plus.
Terrestrial, Plant, Microorganisms, Geology/soils, Atmosphere
Field, Lab, Data entryQuarterly5-10 hrs/weekDavis campus
Paid, Work study for eligible students, Units
Candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills as well as strong familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel programs. Desirable qualities include the ability to take charge of projects, flexibility, trustworthiness, and experience in customer service.
Applicants should send a CV and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest as well as an unofficial copy of transcripts to Dr. Amanda Hodson at akhodson@ucdavis.edu.
6/9/2021One-time
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