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2004 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowships

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA), Great
Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), and the Cooperative
Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) administered
by the University of Michigan, announce a Great Lakes Summer Student
Fellowship Program.

We seek to fill seventeen (17), full time, three-month positions. To
be eligible, students must have been enrolled in the 2003-2004
academic year.  Preference will be given to current undergraduate
students or undergraduate students who received their degree during
the 2003-04 academic year, although applications from graduate
students will receive consideration. The starting date will be
between May 15 and June 15, 2004. Successful applicants will receive
a stipend of $5,000 for the three-month fellowship. The fellow will
be expected to provide a written project report at the completion of
the work. University credit for the experience may be arranged either
through the University of Michigan or through your home institution.
Details for obtaining university credit will be provided with
acceptance letters.

All fellows will be guest students of the University of Michigan.
Each fellow will gain experience by working at an environmental
research laboratory under the mentorship of a scientist or
professional. Most fellows will be located at the Great Lakes
Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan but there
are several opportunities located elsewhere. The location of each
position is noted in the individual job description.

Summer fellowships are available in a broad range of fields, GIS
operator, data analyst, computer programmer, biochemist, benthic
invertebrate biologist, aquatic ecologist, aquatic biologist, food
web modeler, remote sensing technician, bathymetry cartographer,
electronics engineer, maritime historian and communications and
outreach specialist.  A description of each of the available
fellowships and information about GLERL may be found on the GLERL web
site at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/ssfp/. Information about CILER
may be found on the CILER web site at http://www.ciler.org.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2004. Successful candidates
will be notified by April 1, 2004. Application packages must contain
a resume, transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), one
academic letter of recommendation, and a cover letter specifically
stating which opportunity (ies) you are interested in. Submit all
documentation to:

      Ms. Sarah Mark
         NOAA/Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
         2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
         Ann Arbor, MI  48105-2945

For specific questions about each opportunity, contact the mentor.
Their email address is provided with the opportunity description.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action

Fellowship Descriptions

1. Aquatic Biologist - Mentor: Thomas Nalepa Thomas.Nalepa@noaa.gov,
The fellow will be involved in a study to examine the abundance and
distribution of benthic macroinvertebrate organisms in Lakes Michigan
and Huron.  Duties will include sorting and counting collected
organisms, preparing organisms for taxonomic identification,
tabulating data, and creating spreadsheets.  Of primary concern is
the abundance of the benthic amphipod Diporeia, which is rapidly
declining in both lakes. Other duties include determining
length-weights, and assisting with laboratory experiments.  The
incumbent will be expected to do some field sampling.  The position
is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2. Communications and Outreach Specialist - Mentor: Michael Quigley
The fellow will assist in supporting GLERL communications and
outreach activities including: 1) Developing and writing short
summaries of GLERL research activities for distribution to a diverse
constituent audience; 2) Working with GLERL scientists and support
staff in responding to constituent requests for GLERL products,
services, and expertise; 3) Supporting GLERL outreach events such as
laboratory open houses, tours and related activities. The incumbent
should have a strong background in Great Lakes or marine science and
demonstrated training or experience in journalism and/or
communications. Position is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.  Aquatic Ecologist  - Mentor: (Scott Peacor  Scott.Peacor@noaa.gov
The fellow will be involved in a project examining the behavior and
ecology of Great Lakes zooplankton. In particular, we will examine
how invasive cladocerans affect the behavior and growth of their
prey.. Sample collection and laboratory experiments will compose the
bulk of the responsibilities. Experience spending time on boats is
highly desirable. This position will be based at the Lake Michigan
Field Station in Muskegon, Michigan

4. Aquatic Biologist or Ecologist - Mentors: Hank Vanderploeg
henry.vanderploeg@noaa.gov and Radka Pichlova radka.pichlova@noaa.gov
The summer fellow will be involved in examining impact of invasive
predatory zooplankton species, Cercopagis pengoi and Bythotrephes
cederstroemi, to the plankton community of Lake Michigan. Tasks will
include microscope elaboration of preserved samples (counting and
measuring), help with keeping cultures of prey animals, and help with
field experimental work (collection of live animals, their sorting
and counting). From mid July through August, the work will include
frequent traveling from Ann Arbor to the Muskegon field station,
where the experiments will be run over a few days. (Travel expenses
will be paid by GLERL). Position will be located in Ann Arbor,

5. GIS Operator - Mentor: Tom Croley Tom.Croley@noaa.gov
Acquire, process, and analyze multiple databases of topography, land
use, soil, and hydrography, and derive input parameters for a
hydrological simulation model.  Strong background in Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) (ArcView and Arc/Info) and statistics is
required.  The work is to be	conducted in the Department of
Geography at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

6. Computer Programmer  - Mentor:  Tom Croley Tom.Croley@noaa.gov
Develop, test, and refine an interface between Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and GLERL's 2-D Large Basin Runoff Model (2-D LBRM) to
Automate the extraction of multiple input parameters to the model
from databases of topography, land use, soil, and hydrography.
Proficiency in computer programming and GIS is required. The work is
to be conducted in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan
University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

7. Food Web Modeler - Mentor: Scott Peacor  Scott.Peacor@noaa.gov
The fellow will assist in developing an individually based model of
interacting species using the SWARM platform. The objective of the
project is to use "virtual ecosystems" to gain insight into adaptive
behavior and species invasions. Each individual organism will have an
underlying evolutionary algorithm (e.g., a genetic algorithm) that
dictates behavior that is context dependent. Programming skills are
required.  Please see
<http://www.msu.edu/~peacor/>http://www.msu.edu/~peacor/ for a brief
description of this project and list of collaborators.  Position will
be located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

8. Remote Sensing Technician  - Mentor: George Leshkevich
The fellow will assist in supporting remote sensing/image processing
research activities involving computer work but with the possibility
of some field data collection on the Great Lakes.  The main activity
will involve processing and cataloging retrospective digital
satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images of ice cover on the
Great Lakes to create an online archive.  The incumbent should have a
strong background in computer programming and web design on PC and
UNIX machines.  It is desirable that the incumbent has a working
knowledge of the IDL programming language.  Position will be located
in Ann Arbor, Michigan

9. Aquatic Ecologist - Mentor:  Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov
The fellow will provide technical assistance to an ongoing effort to
synthesize six years of hydro acoustics and habitat data from the
Chesapeake Bay. These data ultimately will be used to help management
agencies understand and predict fish (e.g., bay anchovy, striped
bass) distributional and growth patterns in Chesapeake Bay. The
incumbent will be encouraged to pursue independent analyses, using
the large body of data collected.   Responsibilities: Specific duties
will primarily involve processing hydro acoustics data on fish
distributions in Chesapeake Bay, and secondarily involve generation
of graphical presentations of the data (typically using Sigma Plot
and Excel). The possibility of assisting other researchers in aquatic
ecology research and field endeavors also exists.   Qualifications:
Candidates with strong academic records are encouraged to apply.
Experience with Microsoft Excel, data analysis, graphics generation,
and/or computer programming is highly desired, but not essential. No
experience with hydro acoustics is required.  Position will be
located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

10. Aquatic Biologist or Ecologist - Mentor: David Reid  David.Reid@noaa.gov
This fellowship provides an opportunity to contribute to the
development of a relational database of aquatic invasive species in
the Great Lakes.  The Fellow will work independently under the broad
guidance of one or more GLERL scientists to gather information for
the Great Lakes Nonindigenous Species Database, an on-line invasive
species information resource being developed by the NOAA National
Center for Research on Aquatic Invasive Species.  The Fellow will use
literature and Internet searches to obtain, interpret, verify, and
add biological and ecological information to the database on a
species-by-species basis.  The required information covers invasion
history, population biology (including life-history characteristics
and abundance), community ecology (e.g., habitat utilization,
environmental tolerances, ecological interactions), and economic
impacts.  This work is suitable for an upper division undergraduate
biological science student, or a graduate biological science student,
who has completed course work in invertebrate biology, fishes, and
aquatic ecology, limnology, or oceanography.  See
(http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Programs/invasive/) Position will be
located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

11. Bathymetry Cartographer - Mentor:  David Reid david.reid@noaa.gov
This fellowship provides an opportunity to contribute to the
development of new, detailed bathymetry for Lake Superior.  The
Fellow will work independently, with broad guidance from the project
scientist, to create new bathymetric map sections for Lake Superior
by interpreting and contouring sounding field sheets obtained from
the National Geophysical Data Center and/or the Canadian Hydrographic
Service. This work is suitable for an upper division undergraduate,
or a graduate student, who has completed coursework in basic
geological principals, including stratigraphy and geomorphology.
Additional coursework related to bathymetry, mapping or cartography
would be useful but not mandatory.  A general description of the
project may be found at
(http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Task_rpts/ppreid01-1.html).  Position
will be located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

12. Data Analyst - Mentor: Nathan Hawley Nathan.Hawley@noaa.gov
The fellow will assist with the interpretation of physical data
collected to determine how sediment is transported by waves and
current action in the Great Lakes.  Any statistical background,
especially familiarity with time series techniques, will be helpful.
The intern must have programming experience in at least one high
level language.  Position is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

13. Data Analyst - Mentor: Stephen Lozano Stephen.Lozano@noaa.gov
The fellow will assist in a project to model the distribution and
biomass of zebra and quaga mussels in western Lake Erie.  It has been
estimated that in 1990, the mussel population removed 26% of the
primary production from western Lake Erie. Field samples, video and
acoustic mapping will be used to create a GIS model of dreissenid
biomass and environmental parameters that structure their
distribution. The primary responsibilities of the fellow will be to
assist in data entry, video and map interpretation, and data
analysis, however some fieldwork will be required.  The fellow should
have experience with programming; familiarity with GIS computer
software would be helpful.  Position will be located in Ann Arbor,

14. Electronics Engineer  - Mentor:  Guy Meadows, NAME, University of
The fellow will assist project staff in the development and testing
of a wireless and continuous monitoring buoy to collect real-time
observation of chemical, physical, and biological parameters in the
Great Lakes.  Data are received and distributed via the Internet.
Buoys will also be used as part of sensor evaluation project and the
incumbent may be required to assist in field deployments and sampling
efforts as part of these evaluations.  Position will be located in
Ann Arbor, Michigan

15. Electronics Engineer  - Mentor:  Harvey Bootsma, University
We are searching for a field technician to assist with the
development, deployment and maintenance of a water quality buoy
network in Lake Michigan, which is a collaborative effort between the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute, the
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and the
University of Michigan.  The selected fellow will assist in the
assembly of a buoy platform equipped with wireless telemetry hardware
and software, the deployment of mooring systems in Lake Michigan, and
the maintenance of water quality monitoring sensors.  Applicants
should have some level of experience in one or more of the following
areas: electronics, wireless communication (802.11b [Wi-Fi] wireless
LAN technology), and water chemistry.  Experience with SCUBA diving
or small boat operation is also an asset, but not essential. The
position will be housed at the Water Institute of the University of

16. Electronics, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineer - Mentor:
Steve Ruberg  Steve.Ruberg@noaa.gov
Assist technical staff in scientific instrumentation preparation for
field deployments, participate in field deployments aboard laboratory
research vessels and assist engineering staff in instrument
development. Must be able and willing to work aboard a research
vessel operating in the Great Lakes.  Position will be located in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.

17. Maritime Historian/Archaeologist - Mentor Jefferson Gray
jeff.gray@noaa.gov   Sanctuary website:  www.thunderbay.noaa.gov
The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in many aspects of
maritime history, underwater archaeology, and submerged cultural
resource management at NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
and Underwater Preserve (TBNMS/UP) in Alpena, Michigan.
Opportunities for this summer's fellowship include the following:
(1) TBNMS/UP recently acquired an extensive maritime history research
collection that requires cataloguing and archiving.  Historic
research will also be conducted using the collection, and information
on shipwrecks within the Sanctuary will be entered into a
comprehensive database; and (2) recent expeditions in the Sanctuary
have recorded more than 80 hours of high definition video and
side-scan sonar imagery that must be reviewed and correlated.
Archaeological fieldwork may include documentation of shallow water
and beach wreckage, as well as terrestrial features such as docks and
piers.  The position will be located in Alpena, Michigan.

Colleen L. Vogler
CILER/University of Michigan
401 E. Liberty St., Suite 330
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2298

Office:	734-764-2426
Fax:	734-647-0768
Email:	clv@umich.edu
Web:	http://www.ciler.org

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