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Ecology Field Assistant

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The Hurlbert lab is looking for an undergraduate interested in conducting local fieldwork to track arthropod abundance, especially caterpillars, over the summer to detect when they reach peak abundance in relation to the timing of avian reproduction. We will use this data to understand the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and how predators of the arthropods will respond to changes in abundance. We are looking for a student interested in paid, part-time work for 15-20 hours per week from mid-May through July who are interested in ecology, arthropods, and birds. Hours will typically be 8 am – 12 pm Monday through Friday. No prior field experience is necessary.

We will train students in arthropod identification and students will have the opportunity to learn data entry, analysis, and management skills (e.g. the R programming language). This opportunity is ideal for students wishing to gain ecology field experience and data analysis.

There is also the possibility of continuing to work on this project via BIOL 395 or ENEC 395 during the Fall semester for interested students.

Please submit your application by email to Indigo Edwards ( with a statement of interest and a resume describing any relevant coursework or experience. WE WILL BEGIN REVIEWING APPLICATIONS ON MARCH 6, so submit before this date to ensure your application is considered.

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Allen Hurlbert
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Allen Hurlbert
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