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Two funded REU summer positions in the Lemoine Lab!

The Lemoine Lab at Marquette University is hiring two NSF-funded summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) positions to assist with researching how drought affects the role of insect herbivores in nutrient cycling and ecosystem function in prairies throughout southern Wisconsin. Students will conduct their own research projects as well as participate in ongoing field experiments.

Summer stipend: $4,000 plus housing

Dates: May – September 2022 (exact dates are flexible)

Overnight travel required 50% of the time

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Assist in building drought shelters, carrying heavy materials, tools and equipment

– Collecting soil samples, measuring for microbial respiration, and storing for DNA sequencing

– Using field meters and data loggers to record soil and air conditions

– Insect surveys and collection with sweep nets and vacuums

– Maintaining insect enclosures

– Identifying prairie plants and harvesting biomass at the end of the season

Required qualifications:

– Coursework in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Entomology, Plant Physiology, Botany, other related courses, or other experience identifying plants and/or insects

– Ability to work independently and within a team

– Exceptional communication skills with supervisors and team members

– Must work outside all day in often hot, humid, or rainy conditions with potential exposure to biting insects

– Reliable, punctual, and keen attention to detail and accuracy when operating instruments, collecting and recording data

– Flexible and adaptable. Field work often comes with on-the-fly changes to schedules and tasks

– Commitment to safety

Desired qualifications:

– Identification of prairie plants

– Identification, collection, and handling of insects (particularly grasshoppers)

– Other previous experience with fieldwork or outdoor research

– Ability to operate 4 wheel drive trucks

COVID-19 Safety:

The Lemoine Lab follows Marquette University and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety. Full vaccination (including booster) is highly recommended to those who are not Marquette students. Non-MU students who do not show proof of full vaccination (including booster) will be subject to weekly testing according to MU policies. Current Marquette students are still required to be fully vaccinated according to MU policies.

To apply:

Send a cover letter describing your interest and experience, CV, and list of two references to Michelle Budny Please include your dates of availability for this summer. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 25, 2022.