Current Research Positions

Current undergraduate paid and unpaid research positions and general faculty research projects for undergraduate researchers.

Stable isotopes as hydroclimatic indicators

I am looking for an undergraduate student researcher to work on the analysis of stable isotopes in natural waters and plant materials. No experience necessary. The student researcher will be trained in extracting water samples on a vacuum system and analysis of stable isotopes using a laser spectrometer. Depending on progress, there may be opportunities to publish this research

Posted by: Timothy Shanahan

Paleoclimate reconstructions in the southern Rocky Mountains

I am looking for one or more undergraduate student researchers to work on paleoclimate reconstructions in the southern Rockies using geochemical indicators in lake sediments. No experience necessary. Depending on progress, there will be opportunities to publish.

Posted by: Timothy Shanahan

General Research Possibilities

Afu LinAfu Lin’s Mineral Physics Lab

NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opportunities in mineral physics, planetary interiors, and methane hydrate research.

Additionally, Dr. Lin helps connect students with summer research internships in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China


MartindaleMass Extinctions and Reef Paleo-ecology

Join the Martindale Research Group for research opportunities in mass extinctions, reef paleo-ecology, and more!

Contact Dr. Rowan Martindale (martindale@utexas.edu)


PoteetEnvironmental Monitoring of Urban Creek Ecosystems

Dr. Mary Poteet and the Waller Creek Working Group is seeking upper division undergraduates to help research the response of creek ecosystems to restoration efforts in Urbanized watersheds.

Using Waller Creek as a case study, we synthesize data from environmental sensors, measures of organic matter dynamics, and surveys of algal biomass and production to assess whether large-scale restoration efforts lead to “sustainable” creek ecosystems – meaning that the energy produced within the creek ecosystem (including riparian) can provide enough energy to sustain diverse creek communities. I currently need upper division students to conduct research on 1) spatio-temporal dynamics of dissolved organic matter, 2) seasonal shifts in algal production in relation to anthropogenic nutrient influxes, and 3) work with environmental sensor data to assess whether/how specific hydrologic changes alter metabolic regimes in creeks – as measured by dissolved oxygen dynamics.


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Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Novel Structures and Functions

Dr. Julia Clarke’s lab regularly works with 2-5 undergraduate collaborators, and Dr. Clarke is open to advising or co-advising theses.

“I feel undergraduate research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education. Visit my lab website to learn more about what students in the lab are doing: www.juliaclarke-paleolab.com.”


Heimbach

Have good programming skills? Interested in oceanography?

Contact Dr. Patrick Heimbach (heimbach@ices.utexas.edu) about potential opportunities in the context of ocean and ice sheet modeling and data analysis.


LoweryInterested in micropaleontology or paleoceanography?

Contact Dr. Sean Gulick sean@ig.utexas.edu and Chris Lowery cmlowery@utexas.edu.


GardnerInterested in magma chamber dynamics, pyroclastic flow behavior, volcanic degassing and eruption?

Contact Jim Gardner at gardner@jsg.utexas.edu


Stockli Labs CropStockli Research Group

The Stockli research group has a long tradition of involving undergraduate students in field and laboratory based research. For example:

  • “Long-term cooling history of Llano Uplift” – Claire Andrews (2017)
  • “Detrital Provenance of Pennsylvanian Strawn and Cisco sandstones in central Texas” – P. Standring and T. Ditges (2020)

Please contact Dr. Daniel Stockli at stockli@jsg.utexas.edu