This project aims to understand how habitat (pond) age influences fish community structure and involves sampling ponds and streams in the Oakmulgee District, Talladega National Forest. The position is primarily field-based, where students will spend approximately eight hours per week conducting focused field research with graduate students and faculty in the Talladega National Forest. Off-campus transportation is provided. Students with interests in ecology and/or conservation biology, and a love of the outdoors, are particularly encouraged to apply....
Course Credit?Yes - BSC 398
I'm looking to recruit a computer scientist interested in biology and bioinformatics to work on a project that aims to improve the methods used to identify orthologous genes (genes related by speciation and not gene duplication). My collaborators and I previously developed a program to this end (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3825643/) and I am looking for a top-notch student interested in helping to further develop this software or to write a new, more advanced program. This work is expected to result in one publication describing the approach and software that would be led by the student researcher as well as opportunities to collaborate on other publications employing this software. ...
Required AvailabilityFall 2018 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2017 | Summer 2018 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?Yes - BSC 398
Student research assistants help with data collection, usually with 2-6 year old children and local preschools and elementary schools....
Required AvailabilitySpring 2017
IHNV is a virus that affects Pacific salmon. It is especially of concern in hatcheries where juvenile fish are raised for release in the Columbia River basin. There can be up to 90% mortality of a juvenile hatchery cohort. We are trying to identify the predominant pathways by which IHNV is spread to juvenile salmon in hatcheries. We have IHNV testing records from hundreds of sites in the Columbia River basin and have GIS layers of site locations and river systems. The project is to calculate the river distance between hatchery sites. For example, if sites A, B, and C could have exposed site D to IHNV, how far would water or a fish have to travel between sites A and D, sites B and D, or sites C and D?...
Required AvailabilityFall 2016
Course Credit?Yes - 398
Brain data can be useful in predicting individuals that might be more susceptible to age-related diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Help will be needed in any of the following areas: 1) Conduct a literature review on brain differences in populations at risk for Alzheimer's disease, 2) Conduct cognitive testing on individuals that might get Alzheimer's disease, 3) Conduct MRI testing in Birmingham to measure brain variables in individuals who might get Alzheimer's disease, 4) Analyze data using brain and cognitive variables to test for group differences. There will be a steep learning curve and a strong internal-motivation of learning new material is required....
Course Credit?Yes - PY451
One of my field areas is in the Hell Creek are of central-eastern Montana which contains rocks that preserve the Cretaceous - Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, which is the interval where dinosaurs (and many other organisms) went extinct. I have two projects related to samples I've collected from the area: 1. I'm trying to reconstruct climatic conditions in the latest Cretaceous using geochemical tests of fossil mussel shells and descriptions of rock types. This work will help us understand what environments fossils are preserved in, and the hydrology of the area during the Cretaceous. 2. I've also collected samples at high resolution across the K-Pg for chemical tests of the sediment. This will help us locate the K-Pg boundary precisely, assess...
Course Credit?Yes - GEO 399/499
Approximately 550 Head Start preschool children were enrolled in an intervention study to determine the effectiveness of an intervention to improve social and emotional well-being and school readiness. We are now assessing these children 2 years later, in 1st grade, to see what lasting impact the intervention had. Students selected for this research opportunity will become part of a team that visits schools and assesses children. While one team member interviews the child, another monitors physiological responses related to stress (e.g., changes in heart rate and skin conductance). This is used to help us understand individual differences in children's responses to a non-threatening but novel encounter with a stranger asking them to do a se...
Preferred MajorsAnthropology | Biology | Biology/Biochemistry | Early Childhood Education | Early Childhood Education | Educational Psychology | Psychology
KeywordsDevelopmental Psychology | neuropsychology | early intervention | Education | Child Development | Educational Neuroscience | Psychology | children | Research | Team Project | Early intervention | families
Project CHAP (Case management, Housing, HIV Advocacy and Policy) or RuTelCo Project (Rural Telemedicine Counseling)
We are seeking undergraduate or graduate students to assist with one of two current research projects: Project CHAP or RuTelCo Project as research assistants. Both projects are being conducted with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). Research assistants will be asked to commit 8-10 hours per week to help with study activities, including but not limited to recruitment, telephone screening, data entry, telephone interviews, in person computerized interviews, literature review, data analysis and preparation of presentations, posters and manuscripts. Active students will be included as co-authors when they assist with and significantly contribute to the preparation of abstracts, posters, presentations or manuscripts. Students will be require...
Course Credit?Yes - NUR 317
Investigating the domestication of the chili pepper (Capsicum spp.) in Mexico using modern and archaeological seeds
What was the timing and context of the domestication of the chili pepper (Capsicum spp.) in Mexico over 10,000 years ago? To address this question, this project will conduct a morphometric analysis of modern chili pepper seeds collected from across Mexico to develop an identification methodology that can be used to distinguish various chili pepper cultivars and species. This methodology will then be applied towards the systematic identification of chili pepper seeds recovered from some of the earliest archaeological sites with evidence of plant cultivation in Mexico. This project is a single component of a broader, multidisciplinary collaboration between archaeologists and biologists from multiple institutions in the United States and Mexic...