Internship and research experiences at El Verde

There are a number of opportunities at El Verde for undergraduate and graduate students. Please check this page often to see the latest information.


REU program in Tropical Ecology and Evolution

This is a summer experience where students develop a research project under the advice of faculty mentors in areas such as ecology of plant communities, soils, and streams or evolution, such as population genetics.

For more information click here.


Tree Censuses

Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP)

  • 5-year census of all trees >1 cm DBH located in the 16-hectare LFDP at El Verde Field Station
    • The 6th LFDP tree census is presently underway.

El Yunque Forest Chronosequence Project

  • Annual census of all trees >1 cm DBH in four ~1 ha research plots located in variable-aged forest stands distributed throughout El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.


Seedling Censuses

Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP) and El Yunque Chronosequence Project

  • Annual census of all seedlings in 573 research plots distributed throughout the 16-hectare LFDP and 80 research plots distributed throughout four ~1 ha research plots located in variable-aged forest stands


For more information about the LFDP and Chronosequence seedling and/or tree census opportunities, click here.

Please note that we are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for El Yunque Chronosequence Project and LFDP opportunities.