Month: March 2022


*Paid Research Internships – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology*Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary,multi-investigator, experimental study of the evolution of speciesinteractions in Trinidad, West Indies. The research is led by ProfessorsDavid Reznick (University of California, Riverside), Joseph Travis(Florida State University), Tim Coulson (University of Oxford), and RonBassar (Williams College).  We seek to integrate multiple biologicalfields for the study of these interactions in experimental populationsof guppies and killifish in Trinidad. Duties include assisting inmonthly censuses of guppy and killifish populations in montane streamsand helping to execute experiments in on-site artificial streams. Themonthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.  Therewill also be 12 days off each month when interns can pursue anindependent project.Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad,with possibility of extension. There are potential start dates in May2022 and every month thereafter until September 2024. We will pay amonthly stipend, cover all travel, living expenses, travel insurance,and provide housing.*Qualifications:* We seek interns who are entertaining the possibilityof pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution andwho wish to gain some additional field research experience before doingso.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad,sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to liveand work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packsover slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physicalcondition and be able to meet the demands of field research under theseconditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle isdesirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first respondertraining, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills arehighly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.Please see our website <;data=04%7C01%7C%7C86f9c27ff07242fc53aa08da0e29f2e9%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637837870581272244%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&amp;sdata=X3se7SLfqEn%2FjkKthLgDNge2kpjNTYxGLBO1sSoMGiY%3D&amp;reserved=0<;data=04%7C01%7C%7C86f9c27ff07242fc53aa08da0e29f2e9%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637837870581272244%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&amp;sdata=X3se7SLfqEn%2FjkKthLgDNge2kpjNTYxGLBO1sSoMGiY%3D&amp;reserved=0>> for more information on theproject and access to reprints.Be sure to check out our video menu,which includes a “guppy censuses” as submenu VII.It details the maintasks associated with the internship.Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mailaddresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick( <>). At least two of the referencesshould be academics.

Summer Vegetation Technician at Working Lands Conservation

Subject: Position: Summer Vegetation Technician at Working Lands Conservation!We are looking for two hardworking & enthusiastic field techs to join our summer Working Lands Conservation research team!The Project: U.S. ranchers have long relied on rangelands to provide forage for livestock. More recently, there is a growing interest in rangelands providing a broader array of ecosystem services including sustainable forage, healthy riparian areas, and high quality sage grouse habitat. Despite a growing interest in managing ecosystem services on rangelands, there is no consensus on how management practices affect the sustainable provision of these services.Our goal is to learn how to better manage rangelands for multiple ecosystem services.  Our project examines how three different grazing systems’ season-long continuous grazing, four pasture grazing, and short-duration rotational grazing — affect target ecosystem services including: sustainable forage production, riparian health, & sage-grouse habitat. To do this, we will collect data on vegetation, riparian habitat, and sage-grouse habitat across public lands managed by the BLM plus a private ranch.Duties: The summer field crew will work under the guidance of the project manager. Main duties include:Vegetation sampling in riparian areas using point intercept methodsBiomass collectionWater quality assessmentQualifications:We are looking for 2 team members that are enthusiastic and hard-working.Previous experience collecting vegetation data is a plus, but not necessary. We will conduct training at the start of the field season.Team members must be detail oriented, able to work in pairs, and able to problem solve.Previous experience working at a remote field site in challenging conditions is a plus. Team members must be comfortable working in cold to very hot conditions, be able to carry up to 10 lbs of gear to field sites, and be able to work in these conditions for extended periods of time (10 hrs/day).Because interns will spend 4-days at a time in Rich County working and living together, we are also looking for people that work well on teams.Work schedule & Pay:All positions will run from May 24th through August 26th.There is an additional opportunity for two team members to work thru September.The basic work schedule is 4 days a week (10 hour days) for 2 weeks, followed by 2 weeks off, for a minimum of 10 weeks of work. There will also be extra hours available each month (from ~12-40 hours) for those interested.During work-weeks, team members will live at a research station in Rich County. Housing costs will be paid by Working Lands Conservation. Team members will provide their own food.Pay is $11.00. Raises contingent on successful initial training.To Apply:Please send the following materials to Dr. Kris Hulvey (Director) ( and Jessie Danninger (Project Leader) ( A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the project and dates of availability,(2) A current resume including any previous field experience, and(3) The names, phone numbers and email addresses of 2 references.Deadline: April 8th, but stellar applicants may be interviewed sooner and hired on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. 

UG research opportunity in conservation genomics (EEB/MCB/Marine Sciences)

Conservation Genomics Undergraduate Research Opportunity – Apply by Monday 3/28Are you interested in how genetics can contribute to conservation efforts? Come join the Wegrzyn-Bucklin-O’Neill labs’ through the “Earth and Its Future” CLAS funded project aimed at species of local conservation concern. You will work both 1:1 and with a small team of graduate student mentors and undergraduates during the academic year (AY) 2022-23 to sequence, assemble, annotate, and analyze the first reference genome for a species that is the focus of recent conservation and/or restoration efforts. This paid opportunity will provide training in molecular biology, population genomics, and bioinformatics. You will also receive mentorship to apply for summer funding (e.g. UConn’s OUR SURF, IDEA, EEB URGs Undergraduate Summer Fellowship) and participate in our conservation genomics journal club.No prior research experience required. Applications from students from underrepresented groups and students who are interested in continuing research after AY22-23 will be prioritized. Positions available on Storrs and Avery Point campuses. To apply please send your resume, campus (Storrs or Avery Point), and a brief paragraph describing your interest and experience to Michelle Neitzey ( by March 28, 2022.