Jornada Research Training Program for Undergraduates (JRTPU)

JRTPU: Due March 30, 2018 to

The Jornada LTER desert ecology research program has opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research during summer 2018. Each participant will develop a personalized project under the guidance of a suitable mentor associated with the Jornada LTER and/or New Mexico State University. Successful applicants will be awarded $12-15/hr (depending on experience) for the summer (approximately 5/15 – 8/14). Activities will be conducted on the campus of NMSU with field work at the Jornada research site northeast of Las Cruces.

How to Apply
Applications are evaluated upon submission, with priority given to those received before the deadline, and positions filled as long as funding is available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with potential mentors before applying. Applications should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts

About the Jornada LTER

The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program is focused on the ecology of drylands in the southwest USA, including the causes and consequences of alternative ecosystem states and expansion of woody plants into grasslands. 

We are interested in spatial and temporal variation in ecosystem dynamics, and how historic legacies, geomorphology, wind, water, climate and land use interact with vegetation, soils, microbes and animals to determine past, present, and future ecosystem states across scales. We use a large suite of long-term ecological and climatic data to understand and predict these dynamics.

More information on the LTER program and potential LTER mentors is available at NMSU faculty not directly associated with the LTER may serve as JRTPU mentors if the proposed research is relevant to broad LTER themes.

Applications due: March 30, 2018

To apply, contact:
Dr. Niall Hanan (
Jornada LTER Program
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Science
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003


Download and complete this form and send by email: Jornada-LTER_Undergraduate_Research_Opportunity_2018.pdf