Fieldwork volunteers wanted:
Help us study plant evolution in the Spanish Pyrenees!
Nick Barton’s group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)
)is looking for volunteers
to assist with fieldwork on plant speciation in the Spanish Pyrenees this
coming summer (late May – early August). This is a great opportunity for
anyone looking to obtain experience in fieldwork related to evolutionary
biology, speciation and plant ecology.
The project: We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation in
snapdragons. The study, which has been running since 2009, involves
fieldwork in natural hybrid zones between two subspecies with flower
colour differences. The goal is to understand how different evolutionary
forces—like natural selection—have shaped this diversity.
The fieldwork: We are seeking volunteers to assist with the fieldwork,
which involves working in teams to map locations of individual plants
(GPS) (the plants are primarily found on the roadsides), tag and sample
them for leaves and flowers, measure traits, and process material for
later DNA extraction. There may also be opportunities to be involved
in other projects focusing on pollinator behaviour and plant-insect
interactions. The work is outdoors as well as indoors – about one-third
of the of time will be spent indoors curating leaf samples and organizing
and preparing sampling equipment. The work is highly team orientated,
typically in groups of 2-3 in the field and larger groups processing
samples back at the research station. Since we aim to sample all living
individuals in the hybrid zone during the flowering season, the daily
workload can vary significantly. At peak season, we are often very busy
and our daily routines change accordingly.
The location: The field site is near Planoles in a beautiful part of
the Pyrenees in North Eastern Spain (Catalonia). We stay in comfortable
apartments overlooking a picturesque valley, with close access to hiking
trails and small villages.
The ideal applicant: is an enthusiastic, hardworking biology student with
strong interest in working outdoors. You must be meticulous with recording
data and also be comfortable working as part of a team. Experience with
field-based projects and plants is helpful but not essential. Climbing
experience is useful as a small amount work is conducted on ropes. We
are looking for volunteers between the 29th May and the 1st of August. We
ask people to commit to stay for 3 weeks. Applicants must be located in
Europe or the UK.
What we cover: All food, lodgings, Covid testing and travel within
Europe/UK are covered.
How to apply? By the closing date of March 20th please
send (i) your CV, (ii) a short explanation about why you are
interested, and (iii) your availability between the above dates firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please send any questions to the same
For fieldwork photos and more information, please visit the Barton Group
field work page: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbartongroup.pages.ist.ac.at%2Ffieldwork-2022%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cdf6822d9da8043140c1308d9f76d20e0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637812870361853324%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=G3IyBDA3G84dOER7uDsfUYVmf2PFNR5Qpzrrv%2FFbwdE%3D&reserved=0