22 de julio de 2012


The Evolution of Cooperation in Sparrow Weaver Societies
Kalahari desert, South Africa

3 positions: approx 1st Oct 2012 ĄV 30th April 2013

We are seeking three enthusiastic research assistants to join our
team studying white-browed sparrow weavers in the Kalahari desert,
South Africa. The project is investigating the social dynamics of
cooperative breeding, by asking evolutionary and mechanistic questions
about parenting, cooperation and dispersal. The project is led by Andy
Young, University of Exeter, and is based in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
where we have been studying 30+ groups for the past 3 years. For more
information on the sparrow weaver project see

The positions are for the duration of the peak breeding season (1st
Oct ĄV 30th Apr; though dates are somewhat flexible). The fieldwork
will involve the collection of key behavioural and life-history data
from eggs, chicks and birds, and the capture and processing of adult
birds. Applicants should be enthusiastic, hardworking and physically fit
and hold a driving licence. Previous field experience (particularly any
bird handling/ringing experience) is desirable, but not essential ĄV
training in all field skills will be provided. Food and accommodation
expenses will be covered while in the field and a contribution can also
be made towards travel costs.

Please email a CV & covering letter ASAP to Andy Young (but by 30th
July latest)

Andrew Young
BBSRC Research Fellow
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
University of Exeter Cornwall Campus
Tremough, Cornwall TR10 9EZ

Tel:  +44 1326 254241

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