Are you interested in biology and conservation? Would you like to gain research experience that provides a foundation for a career addressing globally important issues such as the loss of biodiversity and the need to create thriving human and natural environments? If so, then the Urban Ecology lab in conjunction with the UCF Arboretum has an opportunity that may help you reach your goals. This opportunity is for an undergraduate student to do an independent research project on urban pollinator ecology under the mentorship of Dr. Patrick Bohlen. The student will help plan the specific nature of the research. This research will contribute to UCF’s continuing designation as a Bee Campus USA https://arboretum.ucf.edu/programs/bee-campus-usa/.
The project will begin in Fall 2020 and continue through 2021. The student must be available to work on their project locally through the summer of 2021, and will will be expected to present their research at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). Students will be able to sign up for independent research credit for one or more semesters. No previous research experience is required but preference will be given to students interested in pursuing graduate study in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field. Interested students can apply for this opportunity by submitting a resume and a letter of interest that explains future goals and desired outcomes for this experience to Dr. Bohlen at Patrick.Bohlen@ucf.edu. Applications should be submitted by August 21.