Applications for the 2016 SURF program will open by January or February of 2016.
What is the SURF REU program?
SURF is a 9-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) designed to engage students in diverse and exciting Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution.
In particular, the SURF program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue Earth and ocean sciences career pathways, and to recruit individuals from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities.
SURF is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences.
- Gain valuable research experience under the collective mentorship of faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students at Scripps
- Gain an understanding of the challenges, rewards and culture of graduate studies in the sciences
- Develop knowledge and skills to better prepare themselves for a successful career in earth and marine sciences
- Engage with the larger research community at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Participate in a weekly research training workshop and a GRE preparation course
- Present their research results as part of a student research symposium
- Have the opportunity to present their results of their summer research at a national conference
Areas of Research
The disciplinary breadth represented by the faculty and researchers at Scripps allows mentoring in virtually every aspect of marine and earth science, and related disciplines. The following areas of research are available for SURF Fellows for 2015:
- Biogeochemistry of carbon and nitrogen partitioning in aquatic environments (Prof.Lihini Aluwihare)
- Cycling of biologically active trace metals in marine systems (Prof. Katherine Barbeau)
- Characteristics of microbial communities in deep-ocean trenches and deep subsurface environments (Prof. Doug Bartlett)
- Evolutionary genetics and molecular ecology of marine organisms (Prof. Ron Burton)
- Biochemical characterization of light producing compounds (bioluminescence and fluorescence) (Dr. Dimitri Deheyn)
- Composition and origin of magmas produced within and along divergent and convergent margins (Prof. Paterno Castillo)
- Waves, currents, mixing, and sediment transport in the nearshore region (Prof. Falk Feddersen)
- Marine Natural Products: Drug Discovery from Cyanobacteria (Prof. William Gerwick)
- Southern Ocean climate and dynamics and satellite oceanography (Prof. Sarah Gille)
- Remote sensing of the atmosphere (Dr. Jennifer Haase)
- Ecology, applications, and discovery of natural products form marine bacteria (Dr. Paul Jensen)
- Evaluating interannual environmental variability on food web structure in two ocean basins and its implications for ecosystem-based management (Prof. Carolyn Kurle)
- Ocean climate impacts on fish and plankton communities (Dr. Tony Koslow)
- Ecology of coastal and deep sea benthic ecosystems, ecosystems responses to climate change (deoxygenation, acidification) (Prof. Lisa Levin)
- Geochemical analysis of marine sediment cores related to climate change and productivity (Prof. Richard Norris)
- Ecology, physiology and genomics of marine microalgae (Prof. Brian Palenik)
- Natural and anthropogenic factors that influence the composition and the functioning of coral reef ecosystems (Prof. Stuart Sandin)
- Quantitative marine ecology and fisheries (Prof. Brice Semmens)
- Food web interactions on salt marsh plants across CA (Prof. Jon Shurin)
- Marine Mammal Acoustics (Dr. Ana Sirovic)
- Biomechanics of marine invertebrates and its influence on animal behavior, ecology, and evolution (Prof. Jennifer Taylor)
- Phytoplankton growth factors found in Antarctic sea ice (Dr. Maria Vernet)
More information on these projects can be found here.
Prospective fellows are welcome to contact other potential faculty mentors directly. More information about researchers, faculty and areas of research at Scripps can be found here.