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2016 ISEECI GSR Fellowships
The Executive Board of the Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts is pleased to announce GSR fellowships for UC students working in and around UC Natural Reserves.
The UC-wide Institute for the Study of Ecological Effects of Climate Impacts (ISEECI) offers two summer and one academic quarter GSRs per UC campus each year. Students apply and are nominated by their local campus whose top choices will be forwarded to the ISEECI Executive Board for approval.
ISEECI’s mission is to assess ecosystem-wide impacts of climate across the UC Natural Reserve System, linking plant and animal studies from the oceans to mountaintops. ISEECI leverages the UC Natural Reserve System as a biologically and geographically diverse laboratory to study effects of climate change on California ecosystems, with major implications for the state’s citizens. Our efforts are focused around four major research themes:
- Environmental and Ecological History
- Assessing Ecosystem-wide Adaptation to Future Climate Scenarios
- Experimental Approaches to Climate Impacts Across Large Gradients
- Next Generation Sampling to Archive Genomic Information
ISEECI coordinates mechanistic studies and biotic surveys across broad geographic scales. Through this network, we seek to test the feasibility of approaches for discovering ecosystem-wide responses to climate change. We then assess how inferences collected across sites might be used to mitigate impacts to ecosystems, ecosystem services and cascading impacts on human systems. We are developing “next generation” sampling protocols to capture ecological, genetic and physiological responses. This information will provide an integrated understanding of climate impacts on California’s biota and their ecosystem services.
ISEECI is funded by a University of California Office of the President Presidential Research Catalyst Award for $1.9M that supports travel and research salaries of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on NRS sites, plus yearly coordination meetings. ISEECI projects are developed around elevational, latitudinal and coastal to inland transects of climate gradients. These approaches are crucially needed to understand changes in ecological systems in space and time, and potentially to mitigate some effects. Specific funding is allocated to each of 9 Campuses for GSR funds to be allocated each year by a local committee that ranks applications for funding. A stipend for travel to UC NRS visits is also available (up to $350/quarter), and various data loggers can be requested for studies.
At least one ISEECI Aim should be addressed by successful applicants in at least one or more UC Reserve(s):
Aim 1: Gather and digitize historical data in and around the NRS
Aim 2: Understand mechanisms by which climate drives ecological and evolutionary processes. (New designs/protocols/collecting for future work)
Aim 3: Predict changes to ecosystems and potential impacts to ecosystem services that threaten human adaptation to climate change, with models to link these data together.
Application process. Students should submit applications to their campus members on the ISEECI Executive Committee. Applications receiving the highest ranks will 1) propose relevant studies with hypotheses, goals and products that address one or more of ISEECI’s Aims, 2) have broad spatial coverage across NRS reserves (e.g., gradients of change). Two summer GSRs and one academic quarter/summer GSR are available. A complete application should include a single pdf with: 1) 1 page cover letter, 2) two-page research plan (including references), 3) 2 page CV, 4) a preliminary budget and 5) a support letter from an ISEECI affiliated faculty advisor.
Successful GSR recipients will be expected to participate in one or more ISEECI workshops and present the results of their work; contribute to a common database being developed for public access, and contribute toward common project-wide goals within at least one of the project aims identified by the proposed research.