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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.

April 16-19, 2020 : Sevilleta Field Station, NWR and LTER in New Mexico!

The Sevilleta Field Station is located in central New Mexico at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 80 km south of the  University of New Mexico’s (UNM) main campus in Albuquerque.  The field station was initially established in 1989 to support the research efforts of  Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (SevLTER) program. The mission of the field station is “to promote understanding and preservation of the natural environment,” and over the past two decades its activities have expanded well beyond the SevLTER, enabling and supporting a wide variety of research, academic courses, training workshops, conferences, retreat, and class field trips. Field station facilities are owned and managed by UNM, while research and teaching efforts are carried out in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.

The Sevilleta LTER Project is located in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The Refuge, which is managed by the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and its surroundings, are positioned at the intersection of several major biotic zones: Chihuahuan Desert grassland and shrubland to the south, Great Plains grassland to the north, Piñon-Juniper woodland in the upper elevations of the neighboring mountains, Colorado Plateau shrub-steppe to the west, and riparian vegetation along the middle Rio Grande Valley. This convergence of biomes, however, has created an important research area for geology, hydrology, archeology, atmospheric science, biology, and ecology for many decades.

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, Resumé, and Letter of Recommendation.
  • 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 400 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
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from faculty or work supervisor. This will be submitted directly through the application system.

You can view the application without submitting.

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