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New Research Internships at CCBER!

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) is excited to announce opportunities for student interns to work on a variety of research projects for the Fall and Winter quarters! Potential project topics for these Coastal Fund sponsored internships are coastal arthropod diversity, water quality and hydrology, and analysis of bird monitoring data. All projects will have a focus on, or be linked to the ecological restoration of our coastal environment, and there may be opportunities for mapping and analysis in GIS.

 

 

Potential projects include the following:

 

Coastal Arthropod Diversity

The intern will work with entomologist and CCBER Director Katja Seltmann and her team on a project quantifying, identifying and cataloging the arthropod diversity at several campus locations. A commitment of 6 hours per week is expected for the internship, and you will be trained in insect research methods, insect preparation and collecting, arthropod diversity, identification, and museum practices. No prior experience is necessary. Accuracy, strong attention to detail, and interest in insects (particularly the small ones) is important for this project.

 

 

 

Spatio-temporal analysis of bird observations and habitat use on campus restoration sites

CCBER has collected several years of bird observation data at the Campus Lagoon, and at the South Parcel restoration site (part of the new North Campus Open Space). For this project, the intern will work with Ryan Clark (Monitoring Coordinator) and other CCBER staff on analyzing the data using GIS and other tools in order to answer questions about spatial and/or temporal trends or changes in when and where birds are observed at these sites, and/or other ideas or questions that interns may have. A commitment of 6 hours per week is expected. No prior experience is needed, however, strong attention to detail, good organizational and communication skills, and an interest in birds and/or data would be valuable for this project.

 

 

Water quality and hydrology of Devereux Slough

Pending grant funding, this internship would involve the collection of water samples at a few locations around North Campus Open Space (NCOS) and Devereux Slough for the analysis of nutrients, bacteria, and possibly additional inputs such as metals, oil and grease. We would analyze the data and produce graphs and a report. A side project could involve measuring cross-sections and flow rates of the creeks that enter NCOS and the slough. A commitment of 6 hours per week is expected. No prior experience is needed, however, strong attention to detail, good organizational and communication skills, and an interest in field work in and around water would be valuable for this project.

 

Who can apply? UCSB undergraduate or graduate students in any major or department can apply. Stipends are available for three students per quarter, and we may have additional opportunities for credit or volunteer internships. All interns are expected to commit 6 hours per week to their project during each quarter. To apply, send an email to research.interns@ccber.ucsb.edu and include the following:

  1. the project(s) you are applying for and why (if applying for more than one project, please list the projects in order of preference);

  2. a description of your background and interests, including any relevant experience; and

  3. contact information for at least one reference.

 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and should be submitted no later than Thursday, October 5th.

 

 

 

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