Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Sciuridae: Cynomys gunnisoni, GPDs) are large, diurnal, colonial rodents, and are threatened with extinction. Research assistants will participate in a 3-week study that concentrates on capturing, eartagging, and and marking of wild GPDs living under natural conditions at Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) in New Mexico (about 20 miles west of Los Alamos). The marked individuals will be the focus of research in spring 2018 on the ecology and social behavior of GPDs living under natural conditions. Capturing and marking will begin on Thursday, 07 September 2017, and will conclude on Friday, 29 September 2017.
Gunnison’s prairie dogs offer a splendid opportunity for undergraduates or recent graduates to explore the behavioral ecology of a rare, fascinating mammal.
I am seeking three research assistants who can stay for the entire 3 weeks. For logistical reasons, I can only accept research assistants who can drive themselves to VCNP.
The only requirement for the 2017 Prairie Dog Marking Squad is that you have a passionate interest in field research in behavioral ecology. If so, then I guarantee that your experience will be worthwhile. For more information about this project, please go to http://www.umces.edu/john-hoogland. Another good link is https://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6124/1136.full.