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Savannah River Ecology Laboratory REU

Location: South Carolina
Agency: US Department of Energy
Due Date: January 31, 2019
GPA: 3.00
Description: Participants will spend 10 weeks at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, where they have the opportunity to gain hands-on field and/or lab training in Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health. Our program merges environmental chemistry with ecology to better understand global anthropogenic changes to natural systems. For example, at the environmental chemistry level, students can explore the fate, transport, and biogeochemistry of anthropogenic elements within aquatic and terrestrial environments with an emphasis on developing remediation technologies. At the ecological level, students might address how an organism's habitat use and life history impact exposure to and subsequent uptake and impact of contaminants. Finally, at the population and community levels, students examine how physiological effects at the individual level can impact population connectivity, trophic transfer, and disease transmission. Access to a variety of natural and impacted areas on the SRS, SREL's analytical capabilities, and SREL's 60+ year history of interdisciplinary ecological and environmental combine to make this a unique learning environment.

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