Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience)

The sustainability program and Missouri River Institute invite current undergraduate students to apply for the Sustainable RIVER project, a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Through individual research projects with faculty mentors from the multi-disciplinary Missouri River Institute, students will address the question of how invasive elements in the Missouri River and its uplands affect the sustainability of the river and the humans who depend on it.

Summer 2017 Projects

  • Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds
  • Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology
  • Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs
  • Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database
  • Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River
  • Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River
  • Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River
  • Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River
  • Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes

Student participants will:

  • Spend 11 weeks during the summer investigating different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River.
  • Conduct independent research, participate in six field trips and produce a team project between May 30-August 11, 2017.
  • Receive $5,775 plus additional funding for food, housing and travel.
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