Tag Archive: tropical forest


Amazon forest ecology field assistant position

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

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The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) is looking for volunteers
to help with conservation and research projects in 2015.

We are a research and conservation organisation based in the Sabangau Forest
in the heart of Indonesian Borneo, home to the world’s largest populations
of orangutans and southern Bornean gibbons.

We work at the forefront of primate research in tropical forest environments
and are affiliated to the Indonesian University of Palangka Raya, and
British universities of Oxford and Leicester. We carry out scientific
research on many aspects of orangutan, gibbon and red langur ecology and on
tropical peat-swamp forest biodiversity, productivity, regeneration and
restoration ecology.

In 2015, volunteers will join us for six weeks to gain first-hand experience
of a tropical forest environment, work alongside enthusiastic researchers,
and will receive practical training in field survey skills and biodiversity
monitoring. Volunteering is challenging, exciting and a rewarding
experience. Volunteers have the chance to see some of the incredible
wildlife that inhabits this special part of the world, from sun bears to
flying lizards and of course the charismatic orangutan.

Volunteers will also travel to at least one remote field site on expedition
to carry out biodiversity monitoring and research.

There will be three volunteer groups during 2015, and spaces often fill up
quickly so make sure to get your application in soon.

Group 1: Tuesday 23rd June – Monday 3rd August
Group 2: Friday 7th August – Thursday 17th September
Group 3: Thursday 24th September – Wednesday 4th November

Many of our previous volunteers have returned to OuTrop as long-term
research assistants or have gone on to careers and further research in
biodiversity conservation.

To apply and find out more please visit: www.outrop.com/volunteer

For regular updates on our fieldwork check out our blog outrop.blogspot.com.
You can also follow us on facebook.com/outrop and twitter.com/outrop.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – ECOLOGY

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – ECOLOGY
Duke University

The Poulsen Lab at Duke University (http://poulsenlabduke.com) seeks a quantitative ecologist for a
post-doctoral research position on the responses of plant and animal communities to human
disturbance of tropical forests. The candidate will work closely with Poulsen and his lab to estimate,
monitor and model the effects of hunting and other land uses on animal populations, their movement
and ecological processes, including seed dispersal and seedling recruitment. Key research questions
will include: 1) How does land use affect the species composition and relative densities of tropical
animals? 2) To what extent does defaunation modify tropical forest structure and composition
through alteration of ecological processes?

The position will primarily consist of analyzing and modeling existing datasets, including both
experimental and observational field data, and contributing to the writing of scientific papers. There
may be opportunities for writing research proposals and traveling to Central Africa to set up research,
but the initial emphasis will be on data analysis. As such, we are looking for applicants with strong
quantitative skills in advanced statistical modeling, spatial statistics and scientific programming. The
ability to handle large amounts of data in a GIS environment is also an important qualification.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed
journals are requirements.

Initial appointment will be for one year, with anticipated funding for two years, conditional upon
performance. Duke University offers competitive salary and benefits packages.  Screening of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated
start in early 2015 (Jan – Feb.). To apply, please combine into a single PDF file your CV, a one-page
statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references. Please
send the pdf along with two representative publications to Poulsen at john.poulsen@duke.edu.