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California Current Ecosystem – Long Term Ecological Research 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – Summer 2018



We seek up to 4 undergraduate students to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research as part of the NSF-funded California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research LTER site. The CCE LTER site is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, students and educators working to understand and communicate the effects of long term climate variability on the California Current pelagic ecosystem, a major coastal upwelling biome (see http://cce.lternet.edu/ for more information).  Well-qualified and highly motivated undergraduates with interests in biology, chemistry, physics and/or computer science are encouraged to apply.  Starting in summer 2018, selected undergraduates will work with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, CA) in research related to CCE LTER projects.  Opportunities for undergraduates may exist in a number of areas related to oceanographic research, including conducting mesocosm experiments, nearshore measurements, data analysis and modeling.  See http://cce.lternet.edu/outreach/reu/ for descriptions of previous student research projects.  Anticipated salary:  $13/hr for full-time position (40 hrs per week); 10-12weeks from mid-June, 2018.

NOTE:  Housing and transportation costs are NOT provided as part of these REU positions.


College level background in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science required.  Ability to follow oral/written instructions and good interpersonal skills also required.  Additional desired characteristics include upper division status in a science major, a desire to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research, and an interest in possibly pursuing science/research via graduate school.  Student must be a registered undergraduate and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions.


Please send resume, college transcripts, and a cover letter – including a brief paragraph that highlights your past or current involvement in activities that advance diversity and equity in LTER or STEM fields via email to Robin Westlake Storey, CCE LTER Program Office Coordinator, at rwestlakestorey@ucsd.eduPlease list previous applicable coursework, any previous lab experience, anticipated date of graduation, and daytime telephone number and email address.  Members of groups under-represented in earth and environmental science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California and we embrace it as a source of strength. Our differences – of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more – enhance our ability to achieve the university’s core missions of public service, teaching and research. We welcome students from all backgrounds and want everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Review of applications will begin February 2018, and application period closes April 15th, 2018.