Student Opportunities

SUMMER 2019 Project List

This is a list of EESA Student opportunities for SUMMER 2019 only. Scroll down or click on project’s link for more information about the project.

To apply for a Summer 2019 Internship with EESA, go here to learn more.

Climate & Ecosystem Sciences

Energy Geosciences

EESA Science Communications (Mentors for science communications and strategic initiatives internship opportunities are open to hearing from interested candidates on an on-going basis. Please reach out to the project mentors listed by email with inquiries.)

Climate & Ecosystem Sciences

Project Title: Understanding global photosynthesis from networked eddy-covariance observations

  • Project Description: The goals are to analyze a global database of measurements of fluxes of carbon and water between ecosystems and the atmosphere, in order to understand the response of ecosystem photosynthesis to environmental change.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Trevor Keenan, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

Project Title: Sensor integration for ecosystem monitoring

  • Project Description: Student will work on integrating multiple types of sensors for monitoring ecosystem behaviors. This work will require a background in ecosystem science, ideally with some skills in electronics and basic programming.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Yuxin Wu, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

Project Title: PECTIN, Poplar esterified cell wall transformations and metabolic integration study

  • Project Description: (1) Conducting plant physiological measurements on poplar trees in the UC Berkeley Oxford Greenhouse; (2) Preparing poplar tree tissue samples and helping to analyze cell wall biochemistry at the Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI), (3) Helping to quantify leaf emissions of volatile organic compounds from poplar trees
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Kolby Jardine, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Nanoscale resolution 3D structure of native clay particles

  • Project Description: Cryo-electron tomography is a cutting-edge technique increasingly used to reveal the molecular structure of cells and biomacromolecules in their native state. We apply this technique to clay mineral samples collected from natural environments to directly image clay layer structures with nanoscale resolution for the first time.
  • Desired Education Level: Undergraduate student, Masters student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Benjamin Gilbert and Michael Whittaker, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Variability of contaminants in water resources across space and time

  • Project Description: This project will aim at identifying how contaminants in water resources in the East River watershed, Colorado, vary over space and time. The project will specifically focus on identifying spatial zones and time periods when disproportionally high levels of contaminants including nitrate, metal, chromium, and arsenic concentrations are present in the water body.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Dipankar Dwivedi, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Inverse Modeling and Optimization of Fluid Injection in Subsurface

  • Project Description: The student will conduct inverse modeling and optimization studies for controlling pressure and fluid migration during waste water injection in brine aquifers. He/she will specifically use and test parallel computation of a differential evolution algorithm for joint inversion of hydrogeological aquifer properties.
  • Desired Education Level: Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Abdullah Cihan, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Variability in nitrate fluxes across space and time

  • Project Description: This project will aim at identifying how nitrate fluxes vary over space and time at the East River site in Colorado. Nitrate is one of the most pervasive contaminants in water that has been linked to methemoglobinemia and neural birth defects. The project will specifically focus on identifying spatial zones and time periods when disproportionally high levels of nitrate concentrations are present in the water body.
  • Desired Education Level: Undergraduate student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Bhavna Arora, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Gas bubble migration in rocks

  • Project Description: The student will help set-up and run simulations of gas bubble migration in a range of different pore structures as informed by 3D rock volume. Being able track the interface migration will help evaluate flow phenomena in different subsurface energy systems.
  • Desired Education Level: Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Hang Deng, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Modeling experimental observations of alteration caused by injection of hydraulic fracking fluid

  • Project Description: The student will help set-up simulations based on experimental data using 3D rock volume, fluid chemistry and etc. The modeling work aims to investigate the controlling factors of rock alteration under conditions that are relevant to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Desired Education Level: Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Hang Deng, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Understanding the impacts of climate extremes on California’s water supply

  • Project Description: The student will assist in both a) compiling necessary data required for an groundwater-surface water model and b) post-processing model results. Specific tasks will be tailored to the experience of the candidate.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Erica Woodburn, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Parallelization of geochemical routines in reactive transport codes

  • Project Description: The student will assist in (1) uncovering parallelism in geochemical subroutines of reactive transport model codes and (2) implementing approaches to take advantage of this parallelism. Specific tasks and choice of programming language/s will be tailored to the experience of the candidate.
  • Desired Education Level: Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Sergi Molins, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Exploration of effects of produced water ponds on California groundwater quality

  • Project Description: The student will assist in analysis of public California water quality datasets as related to the impacts of disposal of produced water from oil and gas operations on nearby California groundwater quality.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Charuleka Varadharajan, Energy Geosciences Division

Project Title: Environmental data management

  • Project Description: The student will assist in curation and quality assurance/quality control of datasets for Watershed SFA, NGEE-Tropics, ESS-DIVE.
  • Desired Education Level: Community college student, Undergraduate student, Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Charuleka Varadharajan, Energy Geosciences Division

EESA Science Communications

Mentors for science communications and strategic initiatives internship opportunities are open to hearing from interested candidates on an on-going basis. Please reach out to the project mentors listed by email with inquiries.

Project Title: Environmental Science Communications and Reporting

  • Project Description: The science communications intern will work in a fast-paced environment focused on timely delivery of news related to EESA researchers’ contributions to climate science, future water supply, and alternative energy sources. EESA science communications interns spend their time doing meaningful work: researching, interviewing subject matter experts, writing, pitching, and producing visual features.
  • Desired Education Level: Undergraduate student, Masters student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Christina Procopiou, Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

Project Title: Earth & Environmental Sciences Strategic Initiatives and Communications

  • Project Description: The student will work on strategic initiatives, program development and science communications for the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Desired Education Level: Masters student, PhD student
  • Project PI/Mentor: Ali Douraghy, Earth & Environmental Sciences Area