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Student Research Positions in Plant Ecology in the Cavender-Bares Lab

How does climate influence the local habitat limits of mountain plants?  Do past migration patterns reveal climate-determined range limits? 
 
Summer and Fall 2014 UROP positions now available in Plant Ecology in the Cavender-Bares Lab.

A graduate student in the Cavender-Bares Lab is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Summer and Fall 2014 to assist investigation of freezing and drought tolerances and past population genetics in arid-land oaks. This work uses functional traits collected in the field, greenhouse experiments, and genetic data to determine the physiological limitations and past population histories of the oaks. 
Research assistants would gain experience in collection of plant morphological traits, collection and processing of leaf samples for genetic data, data collection in a greenhouse setting, and common statistical analyses. Applicants should be interested in learning about plant ecology and developing detail-oriented research skills. 
 
Funding for the positions is possible through the university’s UROP program. This program provides a $1400 stipend and a small research budget. The applicant will collaborate with researchers to develop an independent project and an application for the stipend. 
 
To apply: Please send 1) a brief statement detailing work and educational background and 2) a letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability (Summer or Fall) to Beth Fallon at eafallon@umn.edu 
 
Applications are due by February 17. 
 
Contact: Beth Fallon, eafallon@umn.edu