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Agro-ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station

Ideal for students with undergraduate degrees contemplating graduate school


Research in:

Wetland ecology
Plant community ecology
Disturbance ecology


We study:

Ecology of wetlands and wet prairies
Ranchland management on plant communities
Invasive species
On Archbold’s full scale commercial cattle ranch


Interns get: room, weekly $100 stipend, food allowance.


Interns work: 20 hours per week as research assistants


Independent Project: conducted during remainder of the time.


Duration: 6-10 months


Start dates: flexible


Training Provided:

Every aspect of scientific research
project choice
experimental design
data handling
data analysis
oral presentation
manuscript preparation
publications in peer-reviewed journals
Preparation for: graduate school, agency positions


Applications: send an email to Betsey Boughton with:

a letter stating research interests
a resume or cv
summary of grades
arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the same email address.


Past Intern Projects under the supervision of Betsey Boughton

  1. Vi Bui. 2013-2014. Gases in grasses: Greenhouse gases in response to timing of fire and hog rooting in a semi-native grassland. Mt. Holyoak College. Now a MS student at Western Ontario University.
  2. Jessica Franks. 2013-2014. Is it in the bank? The role of the seedbank in aboveground vegetation patterns in ranchland wetlands. Grand Valley State University.
  3. Colleen Smith. 2013-2014. The effect of macrophyte species richness on herbivory by the invasive giant apple snail (Pomacea maculata) on Buck Island Ranch. University of Michigan. Currently in graduate school.
  4. Callie Griffith. 2012. Colonization strategies by Lachnanthes caroliana in soil disturbed by feral swine. Brigham Young University – Idaho. Currently a MS student at University of Nebraska.
  5. Jessica Patterson. 2012. The effects of a prescribed summer burn on the native grass Andropogon virginicus (broomsedge). Brigham Young University - Idaho
  6. Ariel Carter. 2011. Changes in leaf traits in response to wetland management regime. Southern Charleston University. Currently a MS student at CalState.
  7. Lauren Peters. 2010. Are tree frogs picky? Assessing tree frog habitat preference for native and non-native trees on a Florida cattle ranch.
  8. Ernest Wang. 2010. The effects of grazing and soil moisture on Maidencane survivability and growth during a drought season.


Ariel soil sampling

Ariel, soil sampling


Lauren Peters Water sampling

Lauren Peters, water sampling


Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson, fireplotting