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Research Opportunities in Climate Adaptation Summer 2016

Interested in gaining hands-on research experience in plant ecology and evolution? Want to learn more about biological field research? Thinking about graduate school? Apply to be an undergraduate research assistant volunteer for summer 2016! 

The research project is investigating adaptation to current and future climatic conditions in a major allergen, common ragweed, in Minnesota and Missouri. Majority of research and data collection will occur in the field, therefore applicants should be fit, enjoy outdoor work, and be willing to work under sunny and hot conditions. Volunteers should be willing to put in 12-16 hours per week. 

Tasks for volunteers will include:

  • Field site preparation and maintenance (tilling, weeding, watering)
  • Planting seeds and seedlings
  • Data collection on key ecological traits
  • Potential to conduct independent research project on ragweed
  • Optional - occasional trips to Missouri (accommodations paid)

Interested in applying?

Contact Amanda Gorton ( Please attach a copy of your CV/résumé (including undergraduate courses taken) and a short paragraph describing your research interests and why you are interested in applying.

April, 2016