Job Description: I am a PhD student at Florida International University and my doctoral research is focused on the effects of landscape connectivity and fragmentation on amphibian community structure. I am looking for an assistant to help me with amphibian surveys within the La Selva property and in surrounding forest fragments. The work will largely consist of establishing transects and quadrats in forest habitat and conducting nighttime surveys to assess species composition at each site. Assistants will gain experience with the implementation of standardized biodiversity surveys, identification of local herpetofauna, techniques for marking animals and collecting tissue samples, use of scientific instruments for sampling the physical environment, and experience with data management and analysis.
I will provide food and accommodations at La Selva Biological Station or off-station accommodation.
Duration: 24 February 2010 – 15 July 2010 (with possibility for extension)
Must have or be working toward a B.S. in Biology or related field.
Spanish and GIS skills are a plus.
Must be willing to work 22 days per month in difficult field conditions.
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Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing any relevant experience, a CV, and contact information for two references via email.