We are looking for one or two undergraduate research assistants to help with fieldwork and data collection this summer and/or fall (2015). The undergraduates would be working with Elsa Anderson (PhD student in Biological Sciences) and Emily Minor (Associate Professor in Biological Sciences).
The project could be for course credit (Bios 391 or 399) or could be an excellent capstone project for an upper-level Honors student.
This study will examine the growth and functionality of prairie plant communities in urban areas. We will assess differences in plant fitness, soil structure, and human perceptions that arise after using different methods for establishing prairie plant communities. We will test seed bombing, broadcast seeding, planting seedlings, and intensive gardening to determine which method might be valid for large-scale use.
Work responsibilities may include the following:
• constructing experimental plots, tilling ground, planting seed
• watering, weeding, and measuring plant growth
• collecting and processing soil samples
• sorting and identifying plant material including seeds
• data entry
This is an unpaid position for course credit; work hours can be flexible.
Interested? Please contact Elsa Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include a brief statement of interest and your resume.