University of Vermont

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    NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

    A 10-week National Science Foundation-funded summer program gives undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research on ecological and socioeconomic impacts of humans on the Lake Champlain ecosystem.

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    Undergraduate Research

    During the summer and the academic year, undergraduate students receive hands-on research experiences that challenge them to develop and test hypotheses and publish results in scientific journals.

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  • School of young Lake trout

    Graduate Student & Faculty Research

    MSc and PhD students work closely with Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory faculty to conduct research relevant to Lake Champlain, its surrounding watersheds and communities, and beyond.

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  • Students learn in the field

    Course Work in the Field

    Courses taught by Rubenstein Lab faculty provide hands-on training on Lake Champlain or in nearby streams and ecosystems.

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  • University of Vermont's Research/Vessel Melosira

    Research/Vessel Melosira on Lake Champlain

    The 45-foot Research/Vessel Melosira provides access to Lake Champlain for research, teaching, and tours.

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  • Visitors to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center experience science in action.

    Outreach and Science Translation

    Visitors to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, next door to the Rubenstein Lab, can meet scientists and experience research in action.

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Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Basic research. Applied research. Cutting-edge research. Join us.

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory houses state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for the study of aquatic ecology and watershed sciences. We use a suite of observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to improve our understanding of ecological processes for both basic and applied applications.

Lake trout fry in labStudents working on lakeStudents electroshocking fish

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab team