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Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunties

EEB 3407/5407: Ecology

Come study ecology at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, located only 35 miles north of the Twin Cities campus. Cedar Creek is one of the most famous and influential ecological research sites on Earth. It contains an exceptional diversity of plants and animals, partly because it is at the meeting point of the northern boreal forest, the eastern deciduous forest, and the western grasslands and savannas. Here you will visit current experiments, including studies that test how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems and whether climate change will speed up  or slow down, work with data from ongoing studies, and collaborate with other students to develop your own field ecology group project.  

Meeting Location: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, MN 55005

Credits: 3

Instructor: Dr. Forest Isbell, Email:, Phone: 612-301-2601

Course credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. We welcome students from around the United States and the world. Instruction is in English. Students can commute to Cedar Creek each day or live on site during the course. Lodging space is limited, however, and must be reserved in advance. Please direct requests for lodging to Megan Lauzon ( Undergraduate students should register for EEB 3407. Graduate students should register for EEB 5407.
If you are a current University of Minnesota student, you may register online for May-Summer 2018 courses beginning March 1st, 2018 in accordance with the registration schedule.
If you are not a current UMN student, then please follow the instructions for non-degree students on the One Stop website and send a copy of your transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to the course instructor, Dr. Forest Isbell ( ).

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Cedar Creek Graduate Fellows Program


Are you a graduate student working at Cedar Creek ESR? Are you interested in developing your skills as a mentor and sharing your research experience with motivated undergraduate students? Apply to become part of the 4th cohort of Cedar Creek Graduate Fellows! Applications are invited from CCESR graduate student researchers at any stage of a graduate program. Funding is available for up to six summer Fellowships at 25% effort (10 hours per week). Graduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to live on-site, and free on-site summer housing will be provided to accepted Fellows.
As a team, the 2018 Graduate Fellows will:
  • mentor undergraduate interns pursuing independent research projects throughout the summer;
  • organize a research symposium at the beginning of the summer in which faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students present results from their ongoing studies at Cedar Creek;
  • organize a weekly seminar series;
  • offer weekly workshops that provide formal training on research proposal writing, reading journal articles, data analysis, poster presentations, and oral presentations; and
  • organize a research symposium at the end of the summer in which undergraduate student researchers present the findings of their independent research projects.

To apply, please email your application as a single PDF by February 1, 2018 to CCESR Associate Director Forest Isbell ( Your application should include your CV and the completed application form. Decisions will be made by the end of FEbruary.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Field Tours


We welcome groups from colleges across the Midwest to come visit our research experiments and learn about ecology here at its birthplace! Our field tours are particularly valuable for courses focusing on grasslands, conservation, field biology, and general ecology. Contact Caitlin ( or 612-301-2602) to arrange a visit that meets your needs, group size and curricular focus.

Field tours and presentations range in price from $100 - $300 depending on length and program details. Self-guided tours are also available for frequent visitors and carry a $100 site use fee.