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International Research Experience for Students – IRES

The goals of this three-year National Science Foundation grant are to train students in conservation biology and ecology, and to increase the diversity of students doing environmental science research.  The focus is on the critically endangered Bahama Oriole, which is restricted to Andros Island in The Bahamas.  The project is led by Dr. Kevin Omland (BIOL) along with Dr. Colin Studds (GES) and Dr. Matt Fagan (GES), with support from Dr. Jane Lincove (Public Policy).

2019 IRES Field Season Slideshow

Cohorts of five undergraduate students will travel to the Bahamas for five weeks (May 23-June 27, 2020).  Students will return to UMBC for five weeks of data analysis, presentations and writing (July 6-Aug 7, 2019). There will be a generous stipend and all travel and living expenses will be covered in The Bahamas.

Students with interests in ecology, conservation, remote sensing, animal behavior, population genetics, and other environmental sciences should apply.  This includes students from the GES and Biology departments, but students from any major are encouraged to apply.  For example we need students with any number of skills, including writing, statistics, coding, photography, outdoor skills, etc.  Send any questions to Dr. Omland

Applications are due in February each year.  Send application to 

1) 1-2 pg. resume, 2) unofficial transcript, 3) list of 2-3 references, and 4)  application form.

Applications for the 2020 field season are due Feb. 20, 2020 – click on link below for pdf “Year2ApplicationIRESfixedEt”



Presentation on 2020 IRES Bahamas Research



General Info On Internships in Ecology, Conservation, Environmental Science.