Project Overview

Earthworm Ecology in the Northeast

Faculty Sponsor

Tim McCay (


Environmental Studies


Earthworm Ecology. Summer research assistants are needed to help with two projects regarding the ecology of earthworms in central New York. The northeastern landscape is home to three groups of earthworms: native species, invasive species from Europe that have been here for many generations, and invasive species from Asia (including "jumping worms") that arrived more recently. The first project regards jumping worms, which are restricted invasive species in New York, and aims to better define their invasion pathways and understand the consequences of their invasion on biodiversity. The second project regards those few native species present in the Northeast. This work aims to better understand the distributions and habitat associations of native worms, with an eye toward how we can best conserve these interesting animals.

Student Qualifications

Student applicants should be willing to work outdoors, including in adverse conditions (heat, bugs, rain). Applicants should be willing to obtain a van driving license. An interest in the natural world is a must; coursework in ecology or other aspects of environmental science is desired.

Number of Student Researchers

4 (2 on each project) students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022

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