Jornada Research Training Program for Undergraduates (JRTPU)

Jornada Research Training Program

for Undergraduates (JRTPU)

We are looking for undergraduate students to participate in research activities in desert ecology. Each participant will develop a personalized project that relates to the overall research goals of the Jornada LTER under the guidance of a suitable mentor associated with
the Jornada and/or New Mexico State University.
Participants will be awarded $10‐14/hr (depending on experience) for their part‐time participation during the semester, with potential to extend into summer. 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, and positions will be filled as long as funding is available. Applicants are 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
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 the expansion of woody plants into grasslands resulting in more “desert
like” conditions.
We are interested in spatial and temporal variation in ecosystem dynamics, and how historic legacies, geomorphology, wind, water, animals, climate and land use interact with the vegetation 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 is available at
Applications due: March 15, 2017
Application Forms



To apply, contact:
Dr. Niall Hanan
Fellowship Coordinator
Jornada LTER Program
Dept of Plant and Env Sciences
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003‐0003