Odum Internship in Field Ecology
Application | Recommendation Instructions
2013 Program Dates TBA
Applications Due the second Friday in March by 11:59pm EST
Dr. Eugene Odum, regarded as the father of ecosystems ecology, launched his scientific career at the Huyck Preserve in the early 1940s as one of the first senior research fellows at the field station. In honor of his legacy, the Huyck Preserve offers an internship for undergraduate students who are interested in conducting ecological field research. Similar to the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, interns work with scientific professionals, conduct and present original research, and gain valuable professional experience at a biological field station that has a rich history of launching prominent ecologists' careers.
- This is a residential internship at the Huyck Preserve, located 30 miles SW of Albany, N.Y.
- Four highly qualified undergraduate students will be selected to participate each summer.
- This is a full-time internship for the duration of eight weeks
- The internship is unpaid, however housing and equipment is provided and there is an opportunity for paid work prior to the start of the internship
- Arrangements for college credit may be possible and must be made with the applicant’s home institution.
- Applications are due 2ndFriday of March by 11:59 PM by e-mail only
- Home institutions of recent interns include: Allegheny, Bard, Bates, Binghamton, Colgate, Cornell, Hamilton, Macalester, UMBC, SUNY ESF, and University of Chicago
Interns will work under the direction of the Senior Research Fellow (SRF). In previous years the position has been held by Dr. Eddie Watkins, Assistant Professor of Biology at Colgate University, Dr. Susan Beatty, formerly Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at University of Colorado at Boulder and now Dean of Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, and Dr. Radka Wildova, Plant Ecologist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology U. Michigan.
Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in the Preserve’s pilot year Monitoring Avian Survivability and Productivity Station (MAPS). Working with the Director of Conservation at the Preserve, Dr. Dawn O’Neal, interns will gain extensive experience mist netting, handling, and banding breeding birds.
Projects can be in the fields of ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, and evolutionary biology. Students will also have the opportunity to work on projects with visiting scientists whose research is supported by the station. Examples of the projects conducted at the Huyck Preserve recently include studies examining:
- Slave-making ants
- Forest disturbance and soils
- Aquatic macrophyte
- Streamside invasive earthworms
- Invasive vines
- Forest succession