PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
How can 1100 tree species coexist in 25 hectares of tropical forest? The successful applicant
will assist with ongoing research in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon that seeks to
address this question using plant functional traits and spatial pattern analyses. The research will
involve sampling trees for functional traits within a highly-diverse tree plot and the taking of
measurements in a laboratory at the nearby field station. The station is large and modern, with
AC, showers and WiFi.

TIMELINE AND LOGISTICS:
The research will take place from early June through late July and possibly into August. Airfare
and station fees covering food and lodging will be paid for, but salary is not provided.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Enthusiasm for research and a curiosity about ecology, the ability to hike / be on your feet for
several hours in humid conditions amid insects and across steep terrain.

TO APPLY:
Send your name, degree level (undergraduate, recently graduated), and a brief description of
why you are interested in this position to Ian McFadden: imcfaddn@umd.edu