Summer Research Assistant – Belgrade Lakes Watershed Sustainability Project

During the summer of 2011, eleven undergraduate students will join faculty from the Colby College, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, the Maine Congress of Lake Associations, and faculty from the University of Maine at Farmington to form interdisciplinary teams to understand the impact of landscape and lake-ecosystem changes in the development of central Maine. The Belgrade Lakes region will be used as a model because it provides a unique laboratory to understand the complex dynamics between environmental, biogeochemical, and socio-economic systems.  Descriptions of these research positions are provided below.  

Professor Whitney King in the Department of Chemistry at Colby College encourages applications for two summer research assistants to perform field and laboratory measurements as part of and interdisciplinary team investigating the biogeochemistry of the Belgrade Lakes watershed.   Assistants will work on the lakes performing surveys of lake depth and shoreline habitat, evaluate the effectiveness of shoreline erosion control buffers and rain gardens, and support educational outreach activities for local camps.  Laboratory work will require the operation of ICP-ES instrumentation for the analysis of elemental concentrations in water samples.  Experience working in a chemical research laboratory and operating small boats is desired.  Preference will be given to Colby College students.  Candidates should apply using the online application system at: LINK COMING SOON.

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