Summer Internship at the H. J. Andrews

Teaching Ecological Complexity (

June 29 to July 10, 2009

NSF-funded program!

Summer Internships for HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS at the H.J. Andrews Long Term Ecological Research Forest

  • Work with ecologists conducting field research at a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) facility
  • Bring back a local research project to your classroom
  • Conduct research on litter decomposition, vegetation diversity, and invertebrate diversity
  • Learn about qualitative modeling of ecosystems
  • Develop your ideas for an authentic research project for your students and conduct ecological studies at your school or in local nature center over the school year.

Ecoplexity participants conducting pollinator studies on the H. J. Andrews Research Forest.

Participants Receive:

  • $1000 stipend for summer course
  • 4 graduate credits from Portland State University
  • mileage and meal reimbursements

Additional Benefits:

  • 2 graduate credits for taking an additional on-line Ecology & Field Biology course
  • $250 stipend during the academic year for completing out-of-class work on student evaluations


    Applications must be received by March 1, 2009.

    **Only 10 teachers will be admitted!**

    To apply please include the following:

    • Name,address, phone, fax, e-mail (Home and School)
    • Current Subjects
    • Previous experience in ecology and research (courses taken, previous volunteer or paid experience, work done with students, etc.)
    • You will be expected to use the training you receive back in your classroom. Please include a brief statement about what you intend to do, as far as you know.
    • Letter of reference from principal on school letterhead.

    Please briefly respond to these questions:

    • How do you currently use internet resources in science classes?
    • Please describe your experience teaching using research projects and community-based ecology projects.
    • Field work at the HJ Andrews may require long hours out in the field under rigorous conditions. Do you have any physical limitations that might impair your ability to participate?

    **Application deadline: March 1, 2009**
    Email applications and questions to:

    Dr. Marion Dresner
    Environmental Sciences and Management Program
    Portland State University
    PO Box 751
    Portland, OR 97207








Teaching Ecological Complexity, 2008 Participants.