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Behavioral ecology, social behavior, conservation
I am interested in a research assistant position this coming summer (I am available from the beginning of May through the beginning of September, 2013). I would prefer to do research on wild primates, rather than in captivity, though I am open to studying any species, in any part of the world. Volunteer and unpaid internship positions are fine.
I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, studying Evolutionary (Biological) Anthropology. I have taken two courses specifically on primate behavior (an introductory course on social behavior and a more advanced course on primate behavioral ecology and sociobiology). I have also taken many courses in animal behavior and other topics in biology.
Additionally (this is mostly relevant to opportunities in Latin America), I have participated in an intensive Spanish program and am able to communicate proficiently.
I have not yet had the opportunity to do field research, but I have worked in an animal behavior lab at the University of Michigan -- studying dog play behavior with Professor Barbara Smuts. I have learned to watch clips frame-by-frame and code behavior. Additionally, I am currently working on a more independent project on dog play signals, which involves writing coding protocol.
Please feel free to contact me for a resume or references.
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