We are looking for two volunteer research assistants to work for 2 months (March and April 2020) on projects on fish behaviour and environmental change in Trinidad. The projects will focus on predatory pike cichlids (Crenicichla frenata) and their Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) prey:
You will help run behavioural experiments in the field at the University of West Indies campus and assist with catching fish in the streams and rivers of Trinidad’s Northern Range. The field sites mostly look like this:
We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with an interest in ecology and evolution, who are prepared to work long hours in a hot climate, and ideally have previous experience of fieldwork. Being a competent driver with valid licence and being 25+ years old (for hire car insurance reasons) would be good but not essential. It’s all worth it though: the guppy-crenicichla system is a classic model in behaviour, ecology and evolution, and Trinidad is a naturalist’s dream! Check out some of the other wildlife in the photos below (just a small sample).
We will cover the cost of accommodation and food in Trinidad, as well as flights from London. Here’s where we usually stay:
If you are interested, please contact Iestyn (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a copy of your CV, a covering letter detailing your motivation for applying and contact details of two referees.
Apply before 7th January 2020!