Research Opportunity - Enquist Macroecology Lab

Opportunity Type: 
Research
Location of Opportunity: 
On Campus
Host Department/Organization: 

Enquist Macroecology Lab

Opportunity Description: 

The Enquist Macroecology Lab is looking for students to work in the lab for research credit for the 2018 Spring Semester and potentially beyond depending on interest and project needs. There are several opportunities available: 

  • (A) Dr. Erica Newman, postdoctoral researcher, is looking for an undergraduate to assist with data entry and mapping for a project on the causes of wildfires on remote Pacific islands. The responsibilities of the student will include (a) using ArcGIS to enter GPS location data that was collected in the field, and (b) perform basic spatial analysis of these data; (c) create maps and graphics representing the data. Extended project goals include (d) using NASA data to map wildfires over time in the region of French Polynesia, and (e) using Worldwide Lightning Location Network data to correlate lightning and wildfire activity. The student will interact with Dr. Newman, the Arizona Remote Sensing Center and their staff in the ENR2 building, and various graduate students and faculty who can provide some guidance and training. This project can be 1-3 credits depending on student's availability and interest. Student must have previous ArcGIS training (such as having taken a class in remote sensing or similar topic), and be highly organized with respect to data management. 
  • (B) Jehova Lourenco, PhD student, is looking for an undergraduate to assist with a project examining the structure of tropical rain forest communities from a functional perspective through the analysis of wood anatomy. Samples come from transects and surveys from Brazilian rain forest species across a water availability gradient. The project will examine these samples by making numerous measures of xylem traits based on anatomy (cell wall thickness, number of conduits, conduit size, estimates of conductivity etc.) in order to predict forest functional shifts. The wood anatomy project provides students with the opportunity to gain experience utilizing lab equipment and to become familiar with the wood anatomy protocol. Students will assist with slicing wood samples, taking microscope images, and analyzing anatomical slides. The micro scale of this project allows students to gain experience looking beyond what the naked eye can see.
  • (C) Dr. Danilo Neves, postdoctoral researcher, is looking for an undergraduate to assist with analyses for a project on the drivers of variation in plant species diversity across New World biomes. Student must have previous training in the R statistical environment. The student will interact with various graduate students and postdocs in the Enquist Macroecology Lab. Expected products are maps and graphics representing the data. This project can be 1-3 credits depending on student's availability and interest.
  • (D) Dr. Sandra Durán, postdoctoral researcher, is looking for an undergraduate to participate in a project looking at the effects of climate change in the functional composition of tropical tree species. The undergraduate student will be responsible for organizing vegetative material, obtaining measurements of dry masses of leaf and wood samples, grinding leaves for chemical analysis, data entry and management, among others. This can be used to get credit hours, but opportunities to conduct independent projects or a honors thesis exist. Experience using spreadsheets is desirable. Students in honors program are encouraged to apply. The student will have the opportunity to work in a very active lab and learn data analysis tools such as the R-software, and other methods to quantify tree biodiversity. If you want to know more about Dr. Durán's research, please visit her website (sandramduran.wordpress.com).
  • (E) Dr. Daniel Park, postdoctoral researcher, is looking for an undergraduate to assist with data collection from published flora and online biodiversity databases. The gathered and curated data will be used to explore gaps in our knowledge of plant biodiversity, functional community assembly, and biogeography in islands, and assessing traits that may predict endangerment and rarity. The student will have the opportunity to learn about plant biology, conservation, and biodiversity research, and present the results as a poster or talk at a suitable venue. Time commitments will be determined based on the student(s)' availability, interest, and expertise. Ideally the student would be detail oriented, organized, and have programming experience, scraping data from online sources. Familiarity with regular expression is desired.

Please read every opportunity above, and if interested, please email Christine Schrimer (chrissch@email.arizona.edu) stating which project you are interested in contributing to and why. Also state your availabilty for next semester and relevant qualifications. You can express interest in more than one project.

 

 

Paid Position: 
N/A
Required Documents: 
Responses to Specific Questions
How to apply: 

To Apply, please email Christine Schrimer (chrissch@email.arizona.edu) stating which project you are interested in contributing to and why. Also state your availabilty for next semester and relevant qualifications. You can express interest in more than one project.