Beca entomológica para hacer el máster en Panamá ~

8 de noviembre de 2023

Beca entomológica para hacer el máster en Panamá

MSc scholarship offer: weevil temporal diversity in Panama

Project description

>From 1999 to 2017, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s

Barro Colorado Island Biodiversity Research Center in Panama, adjacent

to a tropical forest plot established in 1982 for the study of forest

evolution, ten Malaise traps systematically captured around 15,000 weevil

specimens (family Curculionidae) representing 1,350 species. Specimens

were identified by a weevil specialist.  This computational project will

analyze temporal changes in weevil diversity in relation to environmental

(mainly climatic) and vegetation changes. The sheer volume of data from

the three datasets (insects, plants, meteorology) makes this a project of

the highest scientific calibre.  The person recruited will be supervised

by entomologist Colin Favret and numerical ecologist Pierre Legendre, with

the participation of tropical beetle specialist Hector Barrios Velazco.

Eligibility requirements

Interest in computational analysis of biodiversity data and experience in


University degree (B.Sc. or equivalent)

Good oral and written communication skills

We encourage women, LGBTQ+, aboriginal, individuals of all backgrounds, or

with a disability, to apply.


$15,000/year scholarship for 2 years

Additional financial support available (teaching assistantships,


Flexible working conditions (flexible hours, remote work)

Wonderful work environment: entomology lab on the grounds of the Montreal

Botanical Garden; supportive team of friendly colleagues


Evaluation of applications will begin in November 2023, but applications

will be considered until the right candidate is recruited.

The study program will last two years, starting in the 2024 winter or

summer term.

How to apply

Please send (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, (3) your transcript (photocopy

acceptable), and (4) the names and contact details of two references, to:

Colin Favret,

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