Keywords: Biogeochemistry, Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Sediment, Kelp, Santa 
Barbara

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is available 
for one 
student in partnership with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological 
Research 
program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, 
June 18-Sept 
7, although these dates are flexible, and the student will be compensated 
$1,500/month. 
We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students 
from U.S. 
colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer 
research 
experience. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the 
cycling of 
terrestrially and marine-derived organic matter in kelp forests and nearby 
marine 
sediments. The main objective of this project is to evaluate how the input of 
various kinds 
of organic matter affects nitrogen and carbon cycling in kelp forest ecosystems 
and 
surrounding regions and to develop a quantitative understanding of the 
potential supply 
of nutrients provided by these organic matter inputs. Applicants should possess 
a strong 
analytical chemistry background, an interest in fieldwork, and the desire to 
conduct an 
independent project.

There are several potential avenues of research that the REU may pursue, and 
the final 
project will be decided upon following a literature review and discussion with 
their 
supervisor. The REU will be responsible for conducting an independent project 
and 
completing a written report at the end of the summer. They will also have the 
opportunity 
to learn R software, participate in field work in the Santa Barbara Channel, 
collaborate 
with other undergraduate students, and receive training for several 
biogeochemical 
protocols and appropriate instruments.

Eligibility: You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has 
completed at least 
two years of study towards a bachelor's degree in a related topic (including 
but not 
limited to environmental studies, chemistry, biology, ecology, or physics), and 
if you will 
still be an undergraduate in the fall term following the summer fellowship.  
Students from 
underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research 
opportunities are 
especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent 
residents. 
The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Application Materials: Interested applicants should send a personal statement, 
CV, 
unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information 
for one 
additional reference. The statement should be no more than a page in length and 
should 
include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in the 
position, and 
(iii) relevant experience.  Send application materials as a single PDF, to 
Heili Lowman 
(heili.low...@lifesci.ucsb.edu). Please include your name and REU application 
in file 
names and the e-mail subject line. The letter of recommendation should be sent 
directly 
from the recommender. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
Applications will 
be accepted through May 10, 2018.

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