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Summer Research Opportunity: Oak Ecology and Physiology in the Sky Islands of Arizona

Volunteer Field Assistant needed May 22 - August 1, 2013

Spend your summer exploring the mountains of the southwestern deserts!

A graduate student in the Cavender-Bares lab is seeking a field assistant for research in the Chiricahua and Santa Catalina Mountains of southeastern Arizona.  The volunteer will assist in establishing oak occurrence plots and performing physiological tests on oaks. The work will be based out of the Southwestern Research Station (Portal, AZ) and will also involve camping in the mountains and adjacent Sky Island Ranges.

Ideal volunteers will have hiking experience and have completed at least one upper level course in biology, ecology, or plant biology. Applicants should be interested in plant identification, plant ecology, and strenuous hiking. The volunteer will gain experience in field botany, plant voucher collection and preservation, vegetation documentation protocols, drought tolerance testing (in a pressure bomb), as well as compass, map and GPS navigation, and the basics of ArcGIS. There are several opportunities for independent and collaborative research projects for interested students.

Room, board, and transportation to Arizona will be provided for the volunteer.

To apply: Please send (1) a résumé (2 page max) detailing work experience and educational background and (2) a cover letter (1-2 paragraphs) explaining your interest in the position to:

Beth Fallon at eafallon@umn.edu by April 22.