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 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.

October 25-28, 2018 : Llano River Field Station in Junction, TX!

The Llano River Field Station is managed by Texas Tech University in Junction, Texas.  Established in 2002, it might be one of the newest stations SEEDS has ever visited.  With 411 acres just outside of town, the south Llano River provides a beutifull backdrop to our next SEEDS Field Trip.  The station encourages and supports research of local watersheds and riparian zones, two very important habitats in western Texas.  Visiting students are encouraged to conduct their own research projects.

Here are some of the Llano River Field Station research topics:

  • Monitoring of global seismic activity, utilizing seismic monitoring devices on campus.
  • Functional groups of stream fishes: variations, genetics and patterns of diversity.
  • Genetic variations according to geography of the blotched watersnake.
  • Indirect effects between prey mediated through consumer patch-use behavior.
  • The impact of prescribed burning on reptile populations.
  • Seeds germination rates.
  • Distribution of crayfish in Central Texas.
  • And many others…

The selected students will have the opportunity to explore this unique station and gain hands on experience in watershed and 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 on GPA and college experience (resumé).


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 supervisor sent directly to – with students name in the title.

You can view the application without submitting.

Application deadline is July 31, 2018 at midnight. 

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