REU Opportunity: disease, climate change, amphibians

The Voyles Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking an

undergraduate student to participate in the NSF-funded REU program studying

amphibian disease dynamics. The selected student will spend up to 10 weeks

on a combination of lab and fieldwork. The research is focused on

host-responses to infection that may help guide amphibian conservation and

recovery strategies. The student will work collaboratively with a

postdoctoral researcher and graduate students under the guidance of Dr.

Jamie Voyles (U. Nevada, Reno) and Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki (U. of


This project aims to understand the distribution of the amphibian disease

chytridiomycosis, which has been linked to global amphibian declines.

Fieldwork will involve amphibian call surveys, collecting disease swabs for

diagnostic tests, and collecting amphibian skin compounds. Additional work

may involve collating climatic data from regional weather stations,

producing data summaries, and conducting statistical analyses. The student

will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research, be involved

with data analysis and writing for publication.

The position includes a stipend as well as funds for housing and travel.

Prospective applicants should note that this position involves considerable

physical challenges, that may include hiking long distances with field

equipment, working in hot temperature conditions at both day and night, and

be able to tolerate extended periods in a vehicle driving between field

sites. Some camping and field cooking may be required.



– United states citizens or permanent residents

– Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for fall of 2017. Students

who have received their bachelor’s degrees, will graduate in Spring 2017,

or are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate.

– Driver’s license and previous experience with 4-wheel drive.


– Prior research experience in microbiology, physiology or ecology,

including laboratory and field research.

– Experience backpacking and camping.

– Patience, a strong work ethic, appreciation for details and strong

interpersonal communication skills.

– Ability to use GPS and read maps for navigation.

– Experience catching and handling amphibians

To apply, please send a Letter of Interest, CV, and contact information for

three recommenders to: Jamie Voyles and Mason Ryan (see email contacts


Deadline to apply: 24 March 2017.

For questions, please contact:

Jamie Voyles

Mason Ryan