Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summer Research Experience in Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida

The University of North Florida Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between May 26 and July 31, 2015.  REU participants will be paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Jacksonville Field Lab and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  At the beginning of the program, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-symposium.  Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science.  Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

The 2015 REU session will focus on research topics including shark ecology and physiology, pinniped nutrition, dolphin behavioral ecology, invasive species (lionfish) biology, evolutionary genetics and speciation in mollusks, crustacean reproduction, salt marsh restoration, fish ecology, fish endocrinology, and marine natural products. 

Information about mentors, research topics, dates, and application procedures are posted on the REU web site (https://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU.aspx), which will updated with information on the 2015 REU session by February 1, 2015.

Applications are due on March 20, 2015.