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Student Field Assistant Position in the Moeller lab

Ecology and range limits of Phacelia in Appalachian Mountains

May 15 - June 30, 2014

Research: The overall project involves the investigation of range limits in the rare endemic Phacelia fimbriata, native to the southern Appalachian Mountains. This work uses species distribution modeling and transplants (common gardens) in the field to determine ideal habitat conditions of the herb. The volunteer will assist in planting five large common gardens in locations throughout the Appalachian Mountains (TN, NC, VA, NY). They will also assist with seed collection, pollinator observations, and recording plant trait data such as plant height and fruit number.

Requirements: Applicants should be able to handle strenuous hiking and should be interested in learning about plant ecology. Ideal volunteers will have experience with field work and will have completed at least one upper level course related to ecology and/or plant biology.

Details: Room, board and transportation to the field sites will be provided for the volunteer. Lodging is at research stations and campgrounds.

To apply: Please send (1) a brief statement detailing work experience and educational background and (2) a letter (1-2 paragraphs) explaining your interest in the position to Stephanie Erlandson at

Applications are due February 26, 2014.
Email: or visit the lab website.