1. Program Assistant in Education - Urban Ecosystem Education
2. Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in Baltimore, MD
An outstanding undergraduate student in earth/environmental sciences
(or related fields, including engineering) is sought to carry out
research under the guidance of Profs. Joel Moore (Towson U.), Dan Bain
(U. Pittsburgh) and C. Welty (UMBC) in Baltimore for the summer of
2014. This position is sponsored by National Science Foundation through
supplemental funds to the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) Long-Term
Ecological Research project.
The student will conduct a geochemical weathering investigation from
start to finish. The goal is to calculate the long-term geochemical
weathering rates (>105 years) of ultramafic and amphibolite bedrock
in Dead Run watershed, a long-term BES study site. The calculation of
long-term weathering rates, as determined by changes in soil,
saprolite, and bedrock geochemistry, is an important first step for
determining the changes in geochemical weathering and elemental fluxes
from watersheds impacted by urbanization such as Dead Run.
The student will gain experience in:
- Choosing an appropriate site for geochemical investigation using GIS and field reconnaissance.
- Fieldwork, which will primarily entail collection of soil, saprolite,
and bedrock samples for geochemical analysis as well
as installation of piezometers for groundwater
- Laboratory work to analyze the geochemistry of the soil, saprolite,
and bedrock samples using X–Ray Fluorescence.
- Writing results in the form of a short technical report.
- Presenting results at the annual science meeting of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study in October 2014.
Qualifications: A cumulative GPA above 3.0 is required. Students
must be entering freshman through senior year in college as of summer
of 2014. Students having completed their bachelor’s degree,
including expected graduation in May 2014, are not eligible to apply.
Some prior experience working in the field or lab on projects related
to hydrology, geology, or biogeochemistry is preferred but not
Compensation: The stipend for this full-time position is $500 per week for 9 weeks.
Dates: 9 weeks, June 2 – August 1, 2014.
How to Apply: To apply for this position, please email the following to
Prof. Joel Moore at email@example.com (1) a cover letter outlining your
qualifications for this position; (2) your current resume including
three professional references; and (3) electronic copies of unofficial
college transcripts. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered immediately until the position is filled.
3. Graduate Research Assistant
PhD student position is available for a NSF Water Sustainability and
Climate project investigating the impacts of regional climate
variability and patterns of urban development on the urban water cycle
and nutrient export. A PhD student interested in urban
hydrology/modeling will work with Drs. Claire Welty and Andrew Miller
at UMBC in Departments of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering/Geography
and Environmental Systems. The student will have opportunities to
interact with collaborators at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Long-Term
Ecological Research project. Interested applicants should contact
Dr. Claire Welty at firstname.lastname@example.org.