Texas A&M University is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud forest in central Costa Rica. Specifically, the REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in:
1. Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand
2. Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow
3. Meteorology and climatology: spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, evapotranspiration and boundary layer structure from the scale of an individual stand to the entire watershed
4. Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil
5. Biogeography: distribution and structure of forest vegetation at various scales in the watershed
Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend. Further information about the program can be found at http://costaricareu.tamu.edu/ and a description of the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica can be found at http://soltiscentercostarica.tamu.edu/.
The application deadline is January 31, 2013.