Summer Research Technician – Role of Birds in Lyme Disease

The role of birds and rodents in Lyme disease ecology

Dept of E3B, Columbia

May 15 to August 29, 2017

Description: A paid opportunity is available to participate in research related to the role of birds and rodents in the ecology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases The intern will gain knowledge and field experience while working on a long-term project studying the dynamics of infection in birds and mice on Block Island, RI. Responsibilities and learning opportunities include: bird mist netting, conducting bird point count surveys, small mammal trapping, collecting ticks from animals and the environment.

Requirements: Ability to identify common northeastern birds by sight and sound and previous experience doing bird point count surveys are required. Candidates must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a Bachelor=92s degree in a biological science; must possess a valid driver=92s license; and be able to hike outdoors while carrying equipment.

Logistics: The position will be based on Block Island, RI. Housing and transportation will be provided.

Project PI: Maria Diuk-Wasser. If interested please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and emails of two references to