Research Internships – Evolutionary Biology

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

Location: Trinidad

http://cnas.ucr.edu/guppy

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study
of the interactions between ecology and evolution in Trinidad. 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.), Andres Lopez-Sepulcre (L’Ecole Normal Superieure,
Paris) and Ron Bassar (Oxford).  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.

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.

Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension.
Starting dates are as early as May 2017. We will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing.

Please see our website <cnas.ucr.edu/guppy> for more information on the project and access to
reprints.  Our video menu includes a &#147;guppy censuses&#148; submenu that 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 (gupy@ucr.edu). At least two of the references should be
academics.