Project Overview

Studying invasion by exotic crazy-worms and distributions of native earthworm species in the Northeast

Faculty Sponsor

Tim McCay (


Environmental Studies


The earthworm fauna of the Northeast consists of a combination of native species, exotic species from Europe that have been here for centuries, and exotic species from Asia that have been here for decades. This summer I will continue work on Asian exotic "crazy worms" and native species in upstate New York and elsewhere in the Northeast. The work will involve a combination of literature review, lab work, and field work.

Student Qualifications

Applicants should be comfortable working in the field under adverse conditions and handling live animals. Previous coursework in biology and statistics is desired, but not required. A van license or willingness to obtain one is required.

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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