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The Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR) Program - REU in Conservation and Urban Ecology

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Academic Level:
For most summer research programs, this is your upcoming status as of the fall. Always check with the individual program's website for details.

Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

All CSUR students accepted into the program will participate in a 10-week, intensive research program in which they will learn the fundamentals of experimental design, use of the scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and oral presentation. Examples of recent undergraduate student projects include:

- Biological control of insects that transmit disease.
- Connecting algal biodiversity with stream ecosystem health.
- Ecology of symbiotic fungi in hemlock and oak forests.
- Ecosystem responses to disturbance.
- Evolutionary genetics and genomics of bacteria.
- How do forests respond to multiple stressors?
- Impact of an invasive species on local mosquito species.
- Local food production in urban ecosystems.
- Plants in urban systems.
- Stoichiometric differences among aquatic and terrestrial plants.
- Ecological and genetic characterization of sunfish in Calder Lake.
- Selection and adaptation on Brassica rapa (garlic mustard) plant at Calder.
- Feeding ecology of darter fish.

Students work closely with staff ecologists at the Calder Center and have access to study sites at the station and nearby ecosystems, such as the Hudson River, Black Rock Forest, Long Island Pine Barrens, Mianus River Gorge, Catskill Mountains, and at several sites along the New York Urban-Rural Gradient. Students complete a research project of their own design, attend short courses on conducting ecological field studies and data analysis, and make a presentation of their findings to researchers in the area and members of the station.

Participating Institution(s):
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Fordham University (Lead)
New York Botanical Garden
Wildlife Conservation Society

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences

Aquatic Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Biological Invasions
Evolutionary Ecology
Insect Ecology and Evolution
Invasive Species
Plant Ecology
Urban Ecology
Vector Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 12/1/2018
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