The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicants will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

The 2023 Application will open in February 2023.

REU projects will be drawn from the following areas: microbial processes and communities, sediment dynamics, plant ecology, population and community ecology of invertebrates, fish population size and diet, marsh carbon and nitrogen cycles, and watershed inputs and processing. Students will work closely with mentors to develop and conduct independent projects within these research areas. However, both students will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. Students are expected to present their findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August  in Woods Hole.


MBL’s Marshview Field Station – Newbury, MA.

Housing and Meals

Shared housing will be provided at no cost to the students at the Marshview Field Station, but students should plan to bring their own sheets, linens, and towels. Meals are not provided, but in addition to bedrooms, full baths, and living spaces, the facility has full kitchens for student use.


The REU experience is a research training experience paid via a $600/week stipend, not employment (work) paid with a salary or wage.

Physical Requirements

Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh surfaces is required.

To Apply

We strongly encourage students to apply by March 31, 2022. Students will be notified of application status in early April, at which time students accepted into the program will receive additional registration and housing information. Students from underrepresented groups and/or small colleges are especially encouraged to apply.

Each student must submit a CV/resume, short essays describing his or her reasons for wanting to participate in the program, and their expectations for participation in the program.  Additionally, each student will be asked to upload a copy of his/her unofficial transcript on the online application and name two references. These references will be sent an email with directions on how to upload their letters of recommendation. Students are selected based on their academic credentials, essays and

letters, with the aim of ensuring a diversity of students with respect to race, gender, geography, and academic background.

COVID-19 Related Information

It is our hope that this will be an in-person experience at the PIE-LTER field station in Newbury MA. To help maintain the safety of our employees and community, the MBL will require all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they qualify for an exemption.

However, if due to COVID we cannot accommodate people at the field station, please let us know in your application if you would be available for either a virtual REU experience focusing on data analysis, or if you are local and would like to participate but do not need housing.