May anybody use a free undergraduate area assistant this summer time for any squamate evolution or conservation tasks, ideally outdoors of the U.S.? I’m an undergraduate scholar in Drs. Emily Lemmon and Frank Burbrink’s labs with $5k from a advantage primarily based scholarship that I have to spend this summer time on my “instructional enrichment”. I’m hoping to make use of my funding to assist any residing, journey, analysis, and misplaced wages bills related to being a area assistant for anybody doing squamate analysis any time between Might and the tip of July 2024. My present analysis focuses on phylogeography of North American herps, however I’m keen to help with any undertaking on any squamate, ideally although not essentially within the neotropics. I’m trying to study new area methods, work with a brand new organic system, have fantastic discussions on all kinds of herpetological issues with a brand new analysis mentor(s), and discover inspiration for anticipated upcoming graduate research.
I’ve expertise with molecular lab strategies (DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, Qubit quantification), museum strategies (toe clipping and dissection for tissue extraction, posing and formalin fixing specimens), area strategies (lassoing lizards, nocturnal herpetofaunal area surveys, dipnetting, roadcruising), information visualization and statistical analyses in R, and science communication. I’m completely happy to work in difficult and distant area situations; the extra bugs, venomous snakes, and stinging vegetation the higher, although I wish to come again alive and in a single piece. Let me know if you happen to may doubtlessly use a area assistant at email@example.com , and I’d be completely happy to ship alongside a CV and letters of advice.