Research Internships – Evolutionary Biology

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary,
multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between
ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor
David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside in collaboration
with Joseph Travis (Florida State), Tim Coulson (Oxford), Paul Bentzen
(Dalhousie U.), Andres Lopez-Sepulcre (L’Ecole Normal Superieure,
Paris) and Ron Bassar (Oxford).  We seek to integrate multiple biological
fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations
of guppies in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses
of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthly censuses include
long hours in the field and laboratory.  There will also be 12 days off
between each census when interns can pursue an independent project.

Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility
of pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution
and who wish to gain some additional field research experience before
doing so.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad
sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live
and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs
over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical
condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these
conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable
but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training,
skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly
desirable. Please address these skills when applying.

Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with
possibility of extension. Starting dates are as early as May 2017. We
will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing.

Please see our website <cnas.ucr.edu/guppy> for more information on the
project and access to reprints.  Our video menu includes a “guppy
censuses” submenu that details the main tasks associated with the

Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mail
addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick
(gupy@ucr.edu). At least two of the references should be academics.

Joshua Goldberg <jgold011@ucr.edu>