ANNOUNCING: Summer 2015 REU opportunity focused on Terrestrial-aquatic
linkages in urban impacted ecosystems at Kent State University, The Holden
Arboretum and Cleveland Metroparks.

Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a
10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program
will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic
linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be
designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry,
farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and
aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without
urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial
community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil
interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream
ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial
community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical
cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and
land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project
design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training
archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars.

Participants will be provided housing and a $500/week stipend.

Students must have good standing at a community college, college or
university and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Members of
underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications February 16, 2015.

For more information and application procedures please see the program
website at or contact the REU Coordinator at or the PIs Mark Kershner (, Patrick
Lorch (, or Kurt Smemo (