An Urgent Mission

The Living Earth CollaborativeTM is a center for biodiversity that brings together three world-class organizations–Washington University, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the Saint Louis Zoo. The collaborative transcends geographic and political boundaries to conserve biodiversity and sustain life on Earth.

Learn more about our mission, leadership, and affiliated researchers

Living Earth Collaborative News

Apply for a NGRREC 2019 Summer Undergraduate Internship

Drs. Antony Dell, Andrew Berdahl, and Jason Knouft are seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist them in their project: ‘The Effects of Temperature on Schooling Behavior in Juvenile Asian Carp.’

Dates: May 20 – July 30
Location: The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
Compensation: $5,000
Application Deadline: January 23

This project is one of many NGRREC projects hiring summer interns. Learn about all the projects on NGRREC’s website

Learn more about the Asian carp project here

Apply for a Living Earth Collaborative Summer Research Internship at the Missouri Botanical Garden

This program provides research opportunities for Washington University in Saint Louis students for 10 weeks during the summer of 2019. Interns will work on independent mentored projects in plant systematics, conservation biology and/or ethnobotany. 

Dates: June 3 – August 9, 2019
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden (some projects conducted at Shaw Nature Reserve)
Compensation: Weekly $575 stipend

More information & application details

The LEC will be co-hosting biodiversity seminar series this spring

Get WashU undergraduate credit for a biodiversity internship in Spring 2019!

Learn more about how to receive course credit here.

There are still internship opportunities for the 2019 Spring semester. Learn about internship opportunities here.

Learn about two open positions for Spring at the Endangered Wolf Center and Saint Louis Zoo below!

Internship with the Endangered Wolf Center

Internship at the Endangered Wolf Center

Positions open for Spring 2019 – Start date ASAP!

Tammy Cloutier is an Environmental Studies PhD candidate whose research focuses on zoological and wild painted dog behavior and growth rates. She is excited to be collaborating with the Endangered Wolf Center and their painted dogs (including 23 new painted dog puppies!). She is collecting data from December 2018 until May 2019 and is looking for interns to support her project. 

More information & application details

Internship in Animal Behavior

Internship in Animal Behavior

Saint Louis Zoo

Positions open for Spring 2019

The Animal Behavior Laboratory at the Saint Louis Zoo is currently seeking applications for our spring internship program. Throughout the course of the internship, students will collect data live from the public space or by reviewing video footage using Noldus Observer XT software. Interns are expected to perform on studies of social dynamics, mother and infant interactions, as well as behavioral diversity and use of space.

For more information about the internship program and to download an application, please visit the zoo website.

Please contact Eli Baskir (email:; phone: 312-646-4593) with any questions. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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