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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 2018 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
  • Mapping cultural ecosystem services in the upper Missouri River basin
  • Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River
  • Interactive effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River
  • Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River
  • Evaluating Native and non-Native values toward their environments

Student participants will:

  • Spend 10 weeks during the summer investigating different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River
  • Conduct independent research, participate in field trips and produce a team project between May 29-August 3, 2017
  • Receive a $5,500 stipend plus more than $1,000 for food, housing and travel
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