Student Volunteers

We would be happy to have student volunteer field assistants for the FEN project investigating the effects of forest fragmentation on species interactions in a plant-caterpillar-bird network in deciduous forests in Connecticut. Volunteers will be trained in a variety of ecological field techniques, plant and insect identification and community ecology.

Volunteers should be planning to spend at least part of the summer within commuting distance of Eastern Connecticut. We would prefer volunteers who are able to spend at least 1-2 days a week, and that will be in the general Hartford-Storrs area from mid May until mid July.  However, where possible, we are willing to consider flexible arrangements.

Volunteer Details: The students will participate in field surveys and experiments involving caterpillars, plants, birds and deer in forests of Eastern Connecticut, data entry, management and analysis and project planning. They will attend lab and project meetings. Applicants should be prepared to work in the field, including through hot and wet weather.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of active interest in biology and the natural environment through formal coursework, previous work experience or extra-curricular activities. Completion of BIOL 1107 or 1108 or similar introductory biology course.

How to Apply: Interested students should email Dr. Robert Bagchi ( with a subject line of “Volunteering” and with answers to the following questions:

  1. What topics in Ecology do you find most interesting?
  2. What skills and experiences of yours do you think will help you with this experience volunteering with us?
  3. What do you want to do after you graduate and how might this experience help with that?

Please also attach an up-to-date list of previous qualifications and job experiences (a CV or resume is fine) and a list of completed courses and grades (e.g. an unofficial transcript).

We are committed to accepting and training students with diverse backgrounds or without prior research experience.