About the Project:  Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood 
Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF-funded project that seeks to examine the 
limits to forest productivity in the context of resource optimization 
theory. Experimental tests of N and P limitation in temperate forest systems 
are few, and those few have been short-term with very high rates of 
fertilization. In 2011 we began long-term low-level additions of N, P, and 
N+P in 13 forest stands distributed across three sites in the White Mountain 
National Forest of New Hampshire. At Bartlett Experimental Forest, which is 
underlain by granite, we have three young, three mid aged, and three mature 
stands. At both Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, on granodiorite, and 
Jeffers Brook on amphibolite (metamorphosed basalt), we have one mature and 
one mid-aged forest stand. Each stand has four plots treated annually with N 
(30 kg N/ha/yr as NH4NO3), P (10 kg P/ha/yr as NaH2PO4), both N and P, and 
control. These treatments allow us to test for NP co-limitation and to 
challenge balanced forest nutrition and thereby induce mechanisms that 
maintain co-limitation.  More information on the project is available at 
http://www.esf.edu/melnhe, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description:  Interns will be guided in the design of their 
research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and 
senior research scientists.  Research projects could include the effects of 
nutrient addition on fine and woody litter production, seed rain, tree water 
use (sap flow), soil respiration, and canopy spectral properties, which 
involves ground truthing remotely sensed tree crown locations. Interns will 
gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects.  Interns 
have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook 
Cooperators Meeting in July. 
Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; 
tenting is optional.  Work days typically begin at 8:00 and end at 4:30, but 
may be shorter or longer depending upon the day’s activities.  Food is 
prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and 
costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $200 per week is 
provided for living expenses. 

Desired Qualifications:  Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in 
forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and 
recent graduates will be considered.  A positive attitude is important and a 
sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal 
setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks 
with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.  
Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated 
breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data 
management, and 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information 
for three references to Alex Young, aryo...@syr.edu. Interested students 
should apply by Friday, March 9th, but applications will be accepted until 
the positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed in the order in 
which they are received. The field season will begin on June 4 (arrive June 
3) and end on August 10 (depart on August 11).

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