Summer 2015: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Integrative Tropical Biology

The Jones lab has an opportunity available to any elegible REU student from the US.  For more information, see the website at STRI here.

Join 9 other students for an intensive summer program in Integrative Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. The 10-week program is driven by the common need to understand how biological systems are integrated to answer questions about the origins, maintenance, and preservation of biodiversity. Over the 10 weeks, you will conduct mentor-driven research at STRI on elements of existing projects that fit your needs (see Mentors and Project Descriptions for a list of scientists and potential projects). Additionally, you will participate in workshops, professional development activities, and networking events that will challenge you to critically think about science and present several opportunities for future academic careers.

2015 Program Dates: June 6 to August 14

Application deadline: February 15

It is advised to consult this website frequently for updates.

This REU program is supported by NSF’s Office of International and Integrative Activities and the Directorate of Biological Sciences and STRI.

stri REU 2014

USRA Engage opportunities for undergraduate researchers at OSU

The Jones lab has an opportunity to do research in our lab as part of the USRA Engage program.

Here is a short description of our proposed research, this would be an ideal project for a student interested in bioinformatics and genomics.

Tropical forests harbor the majority of the Earth’s terrestrial diversity. Global climate change is predicted to affect the tropics by generating changes in total annual rainfall, seasonality and the severity and frequency of extreme events. The goal of this project is to characterize the genome variation of ten common tropical species that are distributed along a drought gradient in Panama.  This information, combined with field experiments, will help us determine how much of these species’ genetic diversity is locally adapted in the landscape and might be under selection and therefore important in a species ability to respond to changing climate.

More can be found here.

Contact Dr. Jones for more information or stop by Cordley 2070 to talk in person!