Gabon, Africa – Research assistant post – Canopy amphibian research – a GoFundMe project

University of Florida
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Project fundraiser page with details and video summary Project description: An opportunity is available on short notice to participate in field research related to the vertical stratification of amphibians in the rainforest of the Crystal Mountains, Gabon. The research assistant will gain knowledge and field experience working on a unique project addressing the impact of climate change and chytrid fungal disease on tropical frogs. Importantly, the assistant will be provided the opportunity to conduct research or use data for their own independent study. This project is an independent continuation of the PhD research of Dr. Edmund Basham, who graduated from Dr. Brett Scheffers’ Lab at the University of Florida. The Scheffers' Lab focuses on climate change, canopy science and tropical forest research. Apologies for short notice (funding was only recently secured) - flexibility is also a key desired trait! Duration of project: Field research runs from ~ June 30th 2022 - November 30th 2022 (dates may be pushed back slightly but sampling from July would allow a dry season component): Please only apply if you are available at least for the entirety of August, September, and October. I understand that 5 months may be too large a commitment for many. In-country project expenses will be paid but the flights, visas and insurance will need to be covered by the applicant. If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Basham ASAP
Requirements for applicants: • Arborist climbing experience strongly desired: we will be conducting canopy surveys using standard arborist techniques. Having a second climber will double the potential data collection for the project. • French language skills. Working in Gabon which is a largely French speaking nation, it will be very useful to have an assistant with fluency in French and English. • BSc or working towards a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Biology, Zoology, Ecology or related field) • Extensive field experience – tropical forest and amphibian experience will be prioritized. • Physically fit and mentally strong – this will be a challenging but very rewarding project involving active surveying of forest canopies - which can be very difficult and rough places. • Covid vaccinations x 2. Non-negotiable, you will need the vaccine certificate to get into Gabon. This project will be a good fit for a recent graduate with a gap year ahead of them and a strong desire for adventure.
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