Students will work with their mentors to develop a research project in one of the areas below.
Climate, Landscapes, & Ecosystems
Plant Ecology, Pollination, Soils
Animal Ecology & Behavior
Example Student Projects and Descriptions of their RMBL Experience
The Student Mentor Relationship
At RMBL, the student-mentor relationship is embedded in a vibrant resident scientific community, which facilitates superb undergraduate research. Each student’s experience will be unique, depending on their mentor’s research questions, system(s), and approach to doing science. For example, a few students will spend a lot of field time with their mentors. Other students, however, will work largely alone or as part of a lab group, having periodic meetings with their mentors along the way.
Applicants should peruse the list of mentors and projects and consider the topics that interest them. 2023 Mentor Project List
Please do not contact researchers directly. If you are accepted into the program, you will be matched with an appropriate mentor. Questions about the mentors can be directed to RMBL’s Research and Education Manager via email.
Resources for Mentors: Field Safety
Here is a link to a very well-done field safety webinar, “Safer Science: Strategies to protect at-risk researchers when conducting fieldwork.” You can find a recording of the webinar on the Safer Science event website.
Several field safety resources were discussed and shared during the event. The complete list can be found below and on the Safer Science event website.
- Amelia-Juliette Demery and Monique Pipkin’s Nature Ecology and Evolution publication: Safe fieldwork strategies for at-risk individuals, their supervisors and their institutions
- Cornell University Graduate School: Practical Steps for Supporting Social Justice & Addressing Inequalities
- University of California Field Research Safety Center of Excellence
- University of California Berkeley Environment, Health & Safety Field Safety
- University of California Riverside 2021 Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series
- ADVANCEGeo: In the Field
- American Geophysical Union: Ten Steps to Protect BIPOC Scholars in the Field
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: The ecological and evolutionary consequences of systemic racism in urban environments