EAST ALTON – The Illinois RiverWatch program is in
search of an intern from Aug. 18 to Nov.11, 2022 to support the Biodiversity of
Freshwater Mussels project.
The intern will
work with the National Great Rivers Research and Education (NGRRECsm)
staff and citizen scientists during a weekend field trip to help capture,
weigh, measure and release freshwater mussels. During this time, tissue samples
will be taken from select mussel species.
“This is a great
opportunity for an undergraduate student to participate in a program that
combines conservation of threatened species with genetic analysis using
world-class technology,” said Danelle Haake, RiverWatch director and stream
The intern will
then work with staff at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) to process the
tissue samples. The resulting data will be analyzed to understand patterns of
genetic diversity, including the potential for declines in genetic diversity
due to inbreeding, genetic bottlenecks or genetic drift.
This position is
paid and the project is funded by the Living Earth Collaborative.
Visit https://forms.gle/bDqQYwx2aF23KB2y6 to apply or contact Haake at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠)
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.