Research Opportunities

DEENR student conducting researchThe Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (DEENR) provides a wide variety of research opportunities for students in the 704 major. DEENR undergraduate student researchers study lizard endocrinology, ethnobotany and herbal medicine, resistance of diatoms to infection, bioinformatics of algae, gecko behavior, archeology, and cataloging native bee diversity.

Here are a few examples of EENR undergraduate research projects:

Photo: Ramya Kappagantula Undergraduate Ramya Kappagantula is studying the invasion dynamics of non-native pests.
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Photo: Rosy Tucker Rosy Tucker is a senior majoring in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources researching landscape level effects on the distribution of rare bee species across different habitat types in New Jersey.
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Joseph ZientekUndergraduate Joseph Zientek's research focus is on native pollinators and how they interact with plants.
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Photo: Amanda Bevan Undergraduate Amanda Bevan is a senior majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources.
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Photo: Carmela Buono Undergraduate Carmela Buono is a senior majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and joined the CURE (Center for Urban Restoration Ecology) laboratory in 2015. Her main interests are in exotic plant invasions and their effects on restoration of urban forests.
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Photo: Kurtis Himmler STUDENT PROFILE: Kurtis Himmler, student invertebrate expert extraordinaire.
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Gloria Blaise Undergraduate Gloria Blaise accumulates practical experience during an internship funded by the Student Conservation Association (SCA)
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Students can earn independent study credits for their research projects. Other students are paid by project grants; in other cases students receive funding through several Rutgers University programs designed to support students interested in research (see links below).

ARESTY Research Program

Student to Professional Internship Program

Rutgers Student Employment

If you are a student interested in finding research opportunities, please refer to the EENR faculty page.