The Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates (NERU) program focuses on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems in Northern Sweden. The program is a collaboration between the Univ. of N.H. and the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Read more…

We will not offer a summer 2016 program. New program info. will be posted as funding becomes available. All NSF REU student opportunities are listed on NSF REU program websites.
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Meet our Students

Our geo-science and environmental science students hail from a wide range of institutions and disciplines. All are interested in scientific research and are participating in our study of biogeochemical processes in northern upland and wetland ecosystems.

2013 Students
Haley   Haley Dunleavy
Alaska Pacific University
Environmental Science major

Born and raised in the city of Chicago, I currently study at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biological Science and minoring in Mathematics. I am extremely interested in plant-soil interactions in Arctic and sub-Arctic ecosystems, particularly with regards to shrub expansion.

Luckily, my project with NERU is right up that alley! With Serita Frey as my mentor, we will be characterizing ectomycorrhizal fungal community compositional and functional differences along a heath-shrub-forest ecotone to attempt to understand how these communities and their roles will change as a warming and shifting climate causes shrubs and trees to encroach into the tundra. To do so, we will collect ectomycorrhizal root tips, run enzyme assays, and extract and sequence the fungal DNA. We will also carry out some soil analyses such as macro- and micro-nutrient concentration and soil respiration, which I am stoked to learn how to do!

Haley Dunleavy

Haley Dunleavy with research poster "Ectomycorrhizal community composition and function across a forest-heath ectone in Northern Sweden."