2017 PRAIRIE DOG MARKING SQUAD – New Mexico

Agency
University of Maryland
Location
Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
Job Category
Internships
Salary
This is a volunteer position, with no salary.
Start Date
09/07/2017
Last Date to Apply
08/25/2017
Website
http://www.umces.edu/john-hoogland
Description
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. Capturing and marking will begin on Thursday, 07 September 2017, and will conclude on Friday, 29 September 2017. 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. Gunnison’s prairie dogs offer a splendid opportunity for undergraduates or recent graduates to explore the behavioral ecology of a rare, fascinating mammal. For more information, please contact Professor John L. Hoogland, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland, Frostburg, Maryland, .
Qualifications
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.
Contact Person
Professor John Hoogland
Contact Phone
301-689-7130
Contact eMail
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