Biodiveristy and Change in Nebraska's Forests

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Sabrina E. Russo
Contact Email
Additional Faculty
Tala Awada
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Start Date
5/7/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also apply for UCARE
Paid Rate
$12/hour (depending on start date)
Hours Per Week
10-20 (academic year); 40 (summer)

Nebraska's forests house a diversity of herbs, trees, and wildlife, but they are rapidly changing due to environmental stresses, such as altered fire and climate regimes, invasive species, and drought.  The goal of this project is to monitor these changes in order to develop effective conservation and management strategies. The work involves mapping trees in Nebraska's forests and taking measurements in order to monitor the growth and survival of trees and and herbaceous understory plants, so that the responses to environmental stress can be quantified.

Field researchers will work in teams and should be self-motivated, enjoy exploring and working outside for long hours, be physically fit to be able to hike on hillsides, and be able to pay attention to detail to ensure accurate data collection.  Training will be provided, but field experience in plant ecology or forestry is preferred.  UCARE is available for the 2018-2019 academic year, or summer opportunities starting on May 7, 2018.  Contact Sabrina Russo at for more information, and email a resume listing relevant coursework and work or research experience.

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