An opportunity is available to participate in field research related to the vertical stratification of amphibians in the rainforests of Costa Rica. The research will take place in multiple locations in order to sample at different elevations. One site will be the La Selva Biological station,two other sites are located in the adjacent Braulio Carrillo National Park. One station is remote and the applicant must be prepared for difficult field conditions with limited facilities, connectivity and access. The other stations have full access/meals/lodging provided.
The assistant will gain knowledge and field experience working on a unique project addressing the richness, abundance and beta diversity of canopy amphibians and reptiles. Skills will include canopy surveys using arborist single rope tree climbing techniques, ground based transect surveys, physiological experiments, among others. Importantly, the assistant will be provided the opportunity to conduct research or use data for their own independent study.
This project is part of the PhD research of Edmund Basham, who studies in Dr. Brett Scheffers=92 Lab at the University of Florida. The Scheffers Lab (http://www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/scheffers/) focuses on climate change, canopy science and tropical forest research.
Mandatory requirements for applicants:
=95 BSc or working towards a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Biology, Zoology, Ecology or related field)
=95 Extensive field experience =96 tropical forest and amphibian experience will be prioritized
=95 Some climbing experience preferred=96 we will be conducting canopy surveys using standard arborist techniques
=95 Physically fit =96 this will be a very challenging but very rewarding project involving active surveying of forest canopies. We will be hiking to remote sites and taking equipment to survey and camp there.
Application deadline: Until position is filled.
Duration of project: Field research begins NOW and ends July 20th 2017
In-country expenses will be paid but the flights, visas and insurance will be covered by the applicant.
If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Edmund Basham ASAP (Edmund.firstname.lastname@example.org)
I previously posted this a few months ago but am now in need of an assistant within days/weeks to continue my work. I will be searching through previous applications but a re-aplication would help me know if you are still available.