Ecology REU

Students working on mentored research projects in field sites near Kent State University, in the 3,600 acre Holden Arboretum, and in the 23,000 acre Cleveland Metroparks. A wide range of projects are available to students with interests in ecology and environmental sciences.

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Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems

ANNOUNCING: Summer 2015 REU opportunity focused on Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban impacted ecosystems at Kent State University, The Holden Arboretum, and Cleveland Metroparks. Program dates: May 31 - August 7, 2015.


Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars.

Faculty mentors come from four departments at Kent State, from The Holden Arboretum, and from Cleveland Metroparks. Many are members of Kent State University's Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability (CENRS)


Participants will be provided housing and a $500/week stipend.

Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Community college students and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is February 16, 2015.

For more information contact the REU Coordinator at ecologyREU@kent.edu, or the PIs Mark Kershner (mkershne@kent.edu), Patrick Lorch (plorch@kent.edu), or Kurt Smemo (kurt.smemo@gmail.com).

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