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Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health REU

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The Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health REU Site at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) is a ten-week summer program to provide early career undergraduate students research experience merging ecology and environmental chemistry to better understand global anthropogenic changes to natural systems. For example, at the environmental chemistry level, students can explore the fate, transport, and biogeochemistry of anthropogenic elements within aquatic and terrestrial environments with an emphasis on developing remediation technologies. At the ecological level, students might address how an organism's habitat use and life history impact exposure to and subsequent uptake and impact of contaminants. Finally, at the population and community levels, students examine how physiological effects at the individual level can impact population connectivity, trophic transfer, and disease transmission. Access to a variety of natural and impacted areas on the SRS, SREL's analytical capabilities, and SREL's 60+ year history of interdisciplinary ecological and environmental combine to make this a unique learning environment. The goals of this program are to:

deepen the knowledge base of future scientists concerning the global impact of environmental contamination on ecological processes and ecosystem health,

foster an appreciation for the importance of chemistry in traditionally field-based areas of research,

provide future scientists with the analytical, communication, and project management skills important for scientific workforce needs in a variety of professional settings, including academia, industry, and state and federal environmental agencies.

Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Georgia (Lead)

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

Aquatic Ecology
Climate Change
Ecosystem Science
Stream Ecology

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

Page last updated 11/19/2019
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