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Ecology and restoration of conifer-invaded meadows:
Research and adaptive management

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Bunchgrass Ridge provides numerous opportunities for graduate and undergaduate research, education and training. Affiliations with the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest-LTER, Oregon State University, and other groups provide students with financial and educational opportunities to pursue independent research and training at Bunchgrass Ridge. See Student research for projects and internships that are completed or in progress.

We encourage those interested in contributing to existing studies, in conducting independent research, or in summer employment to contact us. Contact

Note: Field sampling is not scheduled for the current field season.

Sandy HS crewSandy High School trio at Bunchgrass Ridge

Sandy High School crewIn 2013, Sandy High School science teacher, Jeremy Magee, with students Liam Beckman and Shannon Ritz, joined the Bunchgrass field crew for 10 weeks, assisting with various aspects of the summer research program on restoration of montane meadows.

The crew re-sampled burn scars (photo, right) in plots where slash had been piled and burned following tree-removal (see burn scar recovery). Jeremy documented their experiences in a blog, and Liam and Shannon produced a poster reporting their results.

Their participation was made possible through a new partnership with Oregon State University's Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP), with funding from two NSF educational programs: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) and Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS).

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The National Science Foundation
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship: REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT): The mission of IGERT is "to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills." For additional information, see IGERT Resources.
  • New partnerResearch Experiences for Teachers (RET): RET awards are intended to "enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experience at the emerging frontiers of science in order to bring new knowledge into the classroom."
  • New partnerResearch Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): RAHSS awards are intended to "foster interest in the pursuit of studies in the biological sciences; and broaden participation of high school students, particularly those who are women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities."
The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS Program
  • Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS). SEEDS's mission is “to diversify and advance the profession of ecology through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students.“
Oregon State University
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  • New partnerOregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP): ONREP's mission is to "[p]repare educators to engage students in relevant, meaningful, and inspiring classroom and outdoor learning experiences that contribute to student academic achievement."
University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program
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  • UW URP provides opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in an independent research project with a faculty mentor. Contact
Summer employment

Periodically, we offer opportunities for summer employment at Bunchgrass Ridge. Positions are best suited to upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates who are giving serious consideration to advanced study in ecology, botany, or related fields. Summer staff are based at the nearby H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest/LTER Site.

Note: Field sampling is not scheduled for the current field season.
For information on summer employment in the future:

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