The goal of this NSF funded program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods every summer and fully engage them in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity.
In their application, students will have the opportunity to select from more than 10 faculty driven projects/topics, each focusing on a biological discipline related to Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity. Students will receive meaningful exposure to research methodology as described in each of the project summaries:
- Eli Greenbaum - Evolutionary genetics, herpetology
- Jerry D. Johnson - Population and Community Ecology, ecogeography, reptiles, birds
- Carl S. Lieb - Ecology and Biosystematics, relationships between lizards and arthropods as hosts and vectors of the malaria (Plasmodium) parasite
- Vanessa L. Lougheed - Aquatic Ecology, ecological roles of ephemeral water bodies at IMRS
- William P. Mackay- Ant Systematics, collecting, classifying, and ecogeography of ants at IMRS.
- Rosa A. Maldonado - Ecology of disease
- Manuel Miranda - Characterize the architecture of retinal glycinergic cells from reptile retinas obtained on or adjacent to IMRS
- Michael L. Moody - Plant Evolution, plant phylogeography, ecogeography
- Elizabeth J. Walsh - Evolution and ecology of freshwater invertebrates
- Douglas M. Watts - The biology and ecology of the arthropod-borne malaria parasite (Plasmodium) and its lizard host and arthropod vector at IMRS.
- Arshad M. Khan - Brain and motivated behaviors, comparative neurobiology, neural imaging, circuit mapping, functional neuroanatomy.
- $5,000 for 10 weeks
- Housing in shared apartments
- Travel reimbursement to/from El Paso of up to $600