2016 Summer Undergraduate Internship in Movement Ecology of Amphibians

FW by Andy Wilson


We are seeking a highly-motivated undergraduate student for a 10-week paid internship involving movement ecology and dispersal. This position will be based at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (www.ngrrec.org), which is near St. Louis, MO and located in a scenic natural landscape on the banks of the Mississippi River in East Alton, IL. Students will be supervised by Dr. David Daversa and Dr. John Crawford (https://crawfordlab.weebly.com).

DATES: 24 May – 02 August 2016


This project uses experimental approaches to examine individual differences in dispersal patterns of salamanders. Experiments will be laboratory based, though there is also potential for the student to adapt experimental setups to field settings. We expect interns to carry out an independent project and facilitate current projects being executed by the advisors.

This project will provide interns with first-hand experience with all stages of scientific research. Throughout this work, the intern will become familiar with fundamental concepts of behavioural ecology and develop the capacity to apply these concepts to issues in conservation that they can take with them in the future.

Students will receive a generous stipend and will have funds available for purchasing required equipment. Funds for accommodation throughout the internship (if required) may be available, but are not guaranteed.

Successful candidates should be working towards a degree in biology, ecology or a closely related field. Previous ecological research experience is desired but not essential.


To apply, please send the following documents to ddaversa@lc.edu: 1) a cover letter addressing relevant skills and interests (research experience, experimental work, field work), academic experience, and academic ambitions; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) unofficial academic transcripts. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will accept applications through 08 January 2016. Please contact ddaversa@lc.edu or jcrawford@lc.edu for further information.


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