Research Internships – Evolutionary Biology/Ecology

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 <;;sdata=q19nKmpNUlx8G%2BY0qWdySCC4eWSoUXVDoWHng%2FIX%2FF4%3D&amp;reserved=0> 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.