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Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunties

Cedar Creek 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. 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 2017 courses beginning Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 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 ( ).

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

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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 3rd 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 2017 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 March 10, 2017 to CCESR Executive Assistant Megan Lauzon (link sends email). Your application should include your CV and the completed application form. Decisions will be made by the end of March.

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