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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant Position: 2018

Duration: Approximately June 11 through August 3, 2018 (start and end dates negotiable).

Location: Work is based out of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA directed by Cornell faculty/staff in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Fieldwork in a local estuary on Cape Cod.

Position Description: The successful applicant will assist Cornell staff with a research project studying the effects of anthropogenic nutrient additions on a shallow estuary on Cape Cod. Responsibilities will include assisting with laboratory and field analyses such as: measuring nitrogen fixation rates associated with seagrasses and sediments, collecting water column data using automated instruments, collecting water samples and analyzing nutrient chemistry in the laboratory, assessing seagrass extent and biomass, data entry, routine cleaning of sampling bottles, and other related tasks. The field sampling is conducted almost exclusively from a small skiff, and may involve the collection of samples by snorkeling.

Requirements: This position is open to Cornell undergraduates only, and requires moderately strenuous fieldwork in a coastal marine environment under variable weather conditions. Must be willing to spend time on boats and wading in near-shore waters. Experience with small boats is advantageous; applicant must be able to swim.

No prior experience is necessary, however some course and laboratory experience in ecology, chemistry, or oceanography is desirable, as is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new concepts and techniques in ecology. Priority will be given to applicants with an interest in marine and/or environmental science, aquatic ecosystem ecology, water resources, oceanography, or biogeochemistry.

Some funding is available to support this position

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and unofficial transcript by February 23rd to:

Dr. Roxanne Marino: rmm3@cornell.edu

For more information on our research in West Falmouth Harbor, see our publications:
Howarth et al., 2013 Hayn et al., 2013