We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer field assistant to help with a four week project on wild onion pollination in New Mexico this summer. Our Auburn University team studies how alpine bees pollinate Allium cernuum, or nodding onion, and this year, we will examine variation in nectar composition in several populations of Allium cernuum across New Mexico. An assistant will learn a wide range of techniques from insect collection to nectar extraction in this short four-week position.
Given the short season of Allium cernuum, this position is available for August 2021. Transportation, lodging, and food will be provided in addition to a $500 stipend. We are flexible on start and end dates as nodding onion varies in its flowering period.
This is an ideal position for an individual interested in pollination ecology or floral biology. Past field experience in plant-insect interactions is desirable but not required.
If interested, please email a one page resume including contact information for one reference to Charles Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 15th.