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Research Internships ­ Evolutionary Biology – Guppy Project

by Marissa M. Donohue on October 27, 2017

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.
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
January 2018. We will cover all travel and living expenses and provide

Please see our website <> for more
information on the project and access to reprints.  Our video menu
includes a ³guppy censuses² 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
( At least two of the references should be academics.

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