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National Field Trips

The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trips

The SEEDS program hosts one or two National Field Trips a year.  National Field Trips bring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and interest to explore the science of ecology. We sponsor students from all over the US to travel to different research stations to engage scientist and professional ecologists.

October 27-30, 2022 : Hubbard Brook LTER in New Hampshire!

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) is a 3,160 hectare reserve located in the White Mountain National Forest, near Woodstock, New Hampshire. The on-site research program is dedicated to the long-term study of forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The HBEF was established by the USDA Forest Service in 1955 as a major center for hydrologic research in New England. In 1963, the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study (HBES) was initiated by Dr. F. Herbert Bormann and Drs. Gene E. Likens and Noye M. Johnson, then on the faculty of Dartmouth College, and Dr. Robert S. Pierce of the USDA Forest Service. They proposed to use the small watershed approach at Hubbard Brook to study linkages between hydrologic and nutrient flux and cycling in response to natural and human disturbances, such as air pollution, forest cutting, land-use changes, increases in insect populations and climatic factors.

Since that time there has been continuous support from the NSF and the USDA Forest Service. In 1988 the HBEF was designated as a Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site by the NSF. Hubbard Brook scientists pioneered the small watershed approach to understanding forest ecosystems and advanced the use of whole-ecosystem manipulations to quantify the response of forests to disturbance. Hubbard Brook research has figured strongly in the national debates on air pollution, carbon emissions, and forest management.

The selected students will have the opportunity to explore this unique station and gain hands on experience in ecology research practices.  You will receive mentoring from SEEDS Alumni and staff about your future career in ecology!

To be eligible, undergraduate students must be enrolled in college/university within the United States. For field trips preference is given to Freshmen, Sophomores and other students that have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research or field experience. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Field Trip Agenda
National field trips include:

  • Science Workshops and discussions 
  • Hands-on field experience – data collecting
  • Career panel discussion with professionals and graduate students
  • Student presentations
  • Reflections on motivations and challenges students face in science
  • Time for group daily journal entries which are then compiled into a single report

Selection Criteria – Strong applicants demonstrate:

  • A sincere interest in exploring a career in ecology but have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research
  • The potential to contribute to the ecology program at their home institution or in their community and
  • The capacity to support the mission of SEEDS.
  • Academic promise based college experience, application essay and resumé.
  • Students from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. 


The SEEDS Program will cover all the selected students expenses for field trip including travel, lodging, and meals. This is a fully funded opportunity, students who are chosen to participate will work with SEEDS staff to arrange their travel itineraries and dietary needs.

Applications Materials

  • Applicants contact and academic information.
  • In a short (up to 500 word) essay: (1) describe the nature of research that you intend to pursue; (2) specify how this Field Trip experience would further your educational and career goals; (3) summarize your ecology experience thus far (activities, coursework, research or work experience, etc.); (4) explain how you will contribute to the mission of the SEEDS program during and after the Field Trip. Our mission statement is on the home page.
  • Upload a Resume in PDF format

Please CLICK HERE to visit our SEEDS Application Portal

Application deadline is September 30, 2022 at Midnight. 



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SEEDS National Field Trips are funded by the National Science Foundation