Students have the opportunity to engage in world-class research and have real-world impact. Undergraduate student research assistants receive a stipend of $1,500 for each quarter.
Students must be enrolled full-time to participate. Students are not allowed to also receive academic credit for this research.
Research Project Description:
Tropical peatlands are the world’s most carbon dense ecosystems and must be protected from human disturbances to prevent the exacerbation of climate change. However, our understanding of how much carbon tropical peatlands store and where and how peats are able to form over thousands of years remains limited. It is important understand the magnitude of tropical peatland carbon storage at different spatial scales and how it relates to environmental conditions, especially hydrology, in order to inform peatland conservation planning.
Research Mentor: Dr. Scott Winton, Doerr School of Sustainability
What you will do
In this project we will analyze peat soils from poorly known wetlands in lowland Colombia. We will analyze peat samples for organic matter content through loss on ignition, carbon content via elemental analysis and mineral content through inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy.
Depending on project progression, we may also analyze peat/soil and water samples collected from related peatlands and mangrove sites in Indonesia and Ecuador to measure peat/soil organic matter and carbon content, as well as dissolved gas, nutrient, and carbon concentration in water samples.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Stanford undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
Co-term students must have undergraduate student status.
Students must be enrolled full-time to hold this position.
All majors are welcome
Prior experience with analyzing environmental soil or water samples in a laboratory setting is ideal, but not strictly required.
The lab processes require a moderate level of manual dexterity to manipulate small amounts of soil samples and pipettes.
Research Mentor Questions for Applicants:
Do you have any experience in a research lab? If so, what activities did you do?
Have you taken any chemistry courses with labs? If so, did you enjoy them?
The time commitment is defined as no more than 10 hours per week (equivalent to a 3-unit course) during fall quarter with possible continuation in winter and spring quarters.
These hours may be an average and be flexible across the 10-week quarter to accommodate your academic obligations such as finals week.
Along with the application, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and an unofficial Stanford transcript.
Incoming frosh do not need to submit transcripts for fall quarter applications.