Summer Research Position: Evolutionary ecology of the yucca-yucca moth
June 11, 2018 through August 3, 2017
We are seeking highly motivated undergraduates broadly interested in
plant-insect interactions to assist with on-going research examining the
basis of plant host use by yucca moth species. The research includes
recording pollination behavior, mating behavior, feeding by larvae,
as well as measurement of insect morphology and plant morphology.
Student Experience: Students will work in a laboratory and outdoor
setting. Moths are nocturnal and active from twilight to midnight.
Students will learn how to handle moths, conduct behavioral recordings,
basic experimental design, and will receive training in species
interactions. Depending on student motivation, there is the possibility
to design and implement an independent project. The student will join
a group of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting
research on the patterns of host use by yucca moth pollinators
Requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time, and work in
changing weather conditions. Good communication skills and ability to
work in a team-setting is essential.
Application process: Please submit a CV, detailing any relevant skills,
unofficial transcripts, a one to two paragraph rationale for your interest
in the position, and the names and contact info for two references to
Dr. David Althoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application evaluation will begin
May 5th and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct
questions about the position to Dr. Althoff at the above e-mail.
Funding: Students will be paid $12/hr for eight to ten weeks depending
on the field season.
**Under-represented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply**