BEMP UNM Intern Class
BEMP offers a Bosque Intern course (BIOL408L/508L) at UNM's Albuquerque campus.
Kim Eichhorst, PhD (BEMP Co-Director); Jennifer Schuetz (Science Coordinator) and Kimi Scheerer (Education Coordinator)
Students taking the Bosque
Internship course will learn about local riparian ecosystems and train to serve as interns mentoring local citizens collecting data for BEMP
. Class sessions include bosque
disturbance ecology (fire, flooding and mechanical clearing), native and exotic litter-fall labs, arthropod labs, environmental education components, analyzing BEMP
data trends and looking at water issues in New Mexico. Field work is incorporated into this class in the form of BEMP
monthly collections. Monthly collections include: groundwater table levels, precipitation and leaf litter at 27 BEMP
sites located throughout 560 kilometers of the Middle Rio Grande valley. Students serve as an important link between BEMP
K-12 teacher/student site representatives and the UNM Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research
Internship students are also required to complete special projects hours each semester. Special project hours can cover a variety of topics and are designed to make BEMP
a stronger program. Students can take on new and challenging projects that help to define their skill set. Some examples include: field assistance in the form of water chemistry testing, site maintenance and small mammal trapping (as available); lab-work processing of litter-fall and arthropod data; and/or help with education and outreach aspects within the community.
This is a great opportunity for teachers needing continuing education credits!