Field assistants in evolutionary ecology of two sympatric flycatcher species (Ficedula hypoleuca and F. albicolis). ~ Bioblogia.net

7 de febrero de 2011

Field assistants in evolutionary ecology of two sympatric flycatcher species (Ficedula hypoleuca and F. albicolis).

Pied and collared flycatchers are closely related migratory passerines
that breed in Europe and co-occur on Baltic Islands of Öland and
Gotland. In the contact zone they tend to compete over nesting sites
and food resources; they also hybridize occasionally. A field work on
flycatchers gives an excellent and rewarding opportunity to be
involved in exciting research in evolutionary biology. It will give
you an insight into interspecific interactions between competing
species, impact of blood parasites on their hosts as well as into
hands-on research on long-studied wild bird populations. This position
is perfect for someone who seeks direct experience of a field-based
project.

The field stations are situated on Swedish island Öland. The field
work will involve measuring and sampling flycatcher chicks, nest-box
checking, song recording, collecting and managing breeding data. We
won?t cover travel or food expenses, but we offer a salary, free
accommodation and a transport once on-site.

Training will be provided in species recognition and data collection,
although previous fieldwork experience would definitely be an
advantage. Essential requirements:

(1) Fluency in English
(2) Willingness to spend long days working in the forest, sometimes in
harsh weather conditions
(3) Ability to work efficiently but carefully at the same time
(4) Enthusiasm and the ability to work closely as part of a team
(5) A driving license.

Field assistants should be able to spend in the field 6-8 weeks
between early May and late June 2011.

Applications should be received by the 6th March 2011, and must
include a cover letter and CV.

To request further information about this position, or to apply,
please contact Katarzyna Kulma (katarzyna.kulma@ebc.uu.se),
Department of Animal Ecology; Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC),
Uppsala University

email: katarzyna.kulma@ebc.uu.se

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