Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Below is a list of external funding sources and other undergraduate research-related opportunities.

UT has some funding for summer internships.  UT’s undergraduate research page also provides tips and strategies for applying for research funding.

Additional places to look for research opportunities are: the Ecolog Listserv (UMD), the Wildlife Jobs board (TAMU), and the Society for Conservation Biology jobs board (ConBio).  They are called “jobs” boards, but they also have a lot of internship-type things that undergrads can apply for.

To submit opportunities for inclusion on this page, use this Google Form.

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Florida State University Job: FSU’s Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium invites applications for two biodiversity informatics technicians. The 13-­‐week, full-­‐time positions begin May 11, 2015, and end August 7, 2015. The two technicians will barcode, digitally image, and database 70,000 herbarium specimens during that time. The targeted specimens are housed at four institutions: Florida State University, University of West Florida, University of Central Florida, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Approximately 4 weeks will be spent in Tallahassee, 4 in Pensacola, 3 in Orlando, and 2 in Sarasota (not necessarily in that order). Download Flier
Deadline: Open until filled
Marine Biological Laboratory Job: A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory for the TIDE project. Duties include participating in a large-scale field experiment to determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on salt marsh ecosystems. We will follow the effects of additional nutrients on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring some aspect of the ecosystem response to the manipulations.
Deadline: rolling
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research: The RMBL Education Program is an excellent way to decide if a career in field biology is right for you. Independent research offers an intensive mountain field work experience and emphasizes individual research projects. You will interact with a variety of scientists and their research projects at RMBL. This program runs for 10 weeks, June 7- August14, 2015.
Feb. 15, 2015 (REU)
June 1, 2015 (program deadline)
Great Basin Institute Job: The Great Basin Institute and Bureau of Land Management in Nevada are hiring field and lab technicians for a variety of jobs in conservation biology in 2015. See website for more specifics on the positions.
open until filled
Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research Job: The ‘Mountain Ecosystems’ and ‘Climate Research’ teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for Master’s students and paid summer field assistants in the project: ‘Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation’. A field crew will visit up to 70 climate stations at high elevation (1500-3000 m asl) all over the Swiss Alps in partly remote alpine areas to record the vegetation at the stations. The field crew would consist of a postdoc, 1 or 2 Master’s students and 1 or 2 field assistants. The position should start in June 2015. The end of the season is the end of September. Contact Dr. Christian Rixen for more information.
Deadline: rolling
  • Conservation and Land Management Internship (website)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (website)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (website)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden REU (website)
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (website)
  • Oak Ridge National Lab: Climate Change Science (website)
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (website)
  • Nano REU at West Virginia University (website)
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station (website)
  • NASA DEVELOP internship (website)
  • Minorities in Marine and Environmental Science (website)
  • Fairfax County Park Authority (website)
  • Knoxville Zoo
  • University of Tennessee


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