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Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Research Experience

California Current Ecosystem (CCE) – Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

We seek 3-5 undergraduate students to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research as part of the NSF-funded California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research LTER site. The CCE LTER site is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, students and educators working to understand and communicate the effects of long term climate variability on the California Current pelagic ecosystem, a major coastal upwelling biome (see for more information).

Well-qualified and highly motivated undergraduates with interests in biology, chemistry, physics and/or computer science are encouraged to apply.

Starting in summer 2009, selected undergraduates will work with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in research related to CCE LTER projects.

Opportunities for undergraduate research may exist in a number of areas related to sampling on an oceanographic research cruise, conducting mesocosm experiments, satellite remote sensing, nearshore measurements, data analysis and modeling.

See for descriptions of recent student research projects. Anticipated salary: $10/hr for full-time position (40 hrs per week); up to 12 weeks May-September 2009.


– College level background in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science required.

– Additional desired characteristics include upper division status in science major

– GPA >3.4 cumulative,

– a desire to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research, and

– an interest in possibly pursuing science/research via graduate school.

– Ability to follow oral/written instructions and good interpersonal skills also required.

Please send:

– cover letter,

– resume and

– transcripts (unofficial satisfactory)

via email to Robin Westlake Storey at

Please list previous applicable coursework, any previous lab experience, date of graduation, job number, and daytime telephone number and email address.

Ability to participate in a 2-week oceanographic research cruise off Southern California in July/August is also a plus.

Must be a registered undergraduate student and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions.

Review of applications will begin ASAP.

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