Students with Physical Disabilities to Pursue Field Biology

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Students with Physical Disabilities to Pursue Field Biology

Post by edfrank » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:34 pm

by Tree Climbers International, Inc. on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:57pm ... 7505577802

REU Site | 3D Invertebrate Herbivory and Biodiversity in Deciduous North American Forest Canopies:

Inspiring Students with Physical Disabilities to Pursue Field Biology
W.R. Miller, E. McCord, and M. Lowman

Looking for a different Research Experience?
Looking for a new suite of skills?
Looking for a physical challenge?
Looking for a research publication?
Looking for a bit of adventure?
Looking to be part of the future of the planet?


The Research Opportunity

The Principle Investigator Team has proposed a three dimensional research project to define the Taxonomy, Distribution & Herbivory of Tardigrades and Insects in the Canopy of Four Types of North American Forests.

This project is a fast paced travel, tree climbing, data collection internship and not for the timid.

You will be professionally trained to ascend into the canopy to conduct ecological research.

You will measure the impact of micro and macro invertebrates on the habitat and establish a baseline from which change can be measured. This is the cutting edge of ecological analysis in a world impacted by climate change.

You will meet and network with the scientists and graduate students at the Harvard Forest Research Station and the North Carolina Museum of Natural History.

You will use remote sensing, GIS, HPLC, GC-MS, and a Scanning Electron Microscope.

You will be employed for the summer, and have a part time job for the next two semesters.

You will collaborate with the PIs to prepare your data for presentation and publication.

You will attend a regional, national or international meeting and present your results.

You will become part of a small team of young scientists who are defining the condition of the temperate forests before global warming exerts pressure for the forests and canopy to change.

We Are Recruiting Students With Ambulatory Disabilities

There are no barriers to using microscopes, instruments, or accessing the tops of trees for students with ambulatory disabilities. The PI Team has reserved a portion of these REU Internships for students who might not normally consider themselves competitive for an aggressive, high profile, field research project due to an ambulatory disability.


This is a Preliminary Exploratory Announcement. The National Science Foundation will not announce program awards until February, while the PI Team understands there is no guarantee of funding, we are asking for an expression of interest from students with ambulatory disabilities such that when funded we can move quickly into the recruiting phase.

If interested please contact Dr. William Miller at 785-594-8379 or

The PI Team:

William R. Miller, Department of Biology, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006
Else McCord, Department of Biology, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida
Meg D. Lowman, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina.
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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