Conservation Biology & Population Ecology Lab

Root Lab



Dr. Karen V. Root, Dept. of Biological Sciences




Root Lab

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Current Research Projects

Are you an undergraduate currently interested in getting some research experience?

We are looking for research assistants for a variety of ecological research projects in the Oak Openings Region. We are also interested in advising independent research projects (e.g., honors thesis) that are related. Not only will you gain valuable experience that will make you more competitive for jobs and/or graduate school. You can receive credit for the experience as BIOL 4010 (1-3 credits depending on number of hours worked per week) under Dr. Karen V. Root.

Projects (recruiting for 2023)

Contact any of the following graduate students or postdocs directly if you are interested or would like more information. Please let us know what project(s) interest you, if you have any previous research experience, and when you would be available.

  1. Project: Wetland Biodiversity and Habitat Use in Local Wildlife Species
    Contact: Brian Kron
    Timing:March 1st until July 31st
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Learn to identify frogs and salamanders, and multiple methods to survey for them
    • Survey across multiple protected areas for amphibians, birds, insects, and bats (variety of environmental conditions)
    • Trap and handle numerous local amphibian species
    • Collect environmental and habitat data
    • Can learn about data entry and analysis (Excel, GIS, modeling, etc.)