Research Internships – Evolutionary Biology/Ecology-The Guppy Project

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary,

multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between

ecology and evolution in Trinidad, West Indies. 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.) and Ron Bassar (Williams).  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.

Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad,

with possibility of extension. There are potential start dates in August

2019 and every month thereafter until early 2020. We will cover

all travel and living expenses and provide housing.

*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.

Please see our website  for more

information on the project and access to reprints.Be sure to check out

our video menu, which includes a “guppy censuses” as submenu VII.It

details the main tasks associated with the internship.

    Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mail

addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick



At least two of the references should be academics.