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Research Assistantship: Primate Behavior and Communication

Hiring Organization:
Field Projects International

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Tamarin unique encode information on the producer's age, sex, and reproductive status, and may be integral to identifying mates and guiding dispersal. We aim to catalog the vocalizations of emperor and saddleback tamarins and test whether calls can identify potential mates.

We also collect data on adult scent gland morphology and scent-marking behavior, another primary form of communication among tamarins. Participants will conduct full- and half-day follows of individually tagged primate troops, recording context-specific vocalizations alongside non-vocal forms of communication. Research Assistants will also learn to perform playback experiments, during which different vocalizations are played over a speaker to specific individuals and their responses will be recorded.

Skills and Training:

If you join this program, you will get experience in a wide variety of tasks that are applicable to many different fields, including but not limited to primatology. Research assistants who complete this program will be able to:

*Comfortably and safely work and move on and off trail systems

*Conduct half and full-day follows of these miniature primates

*Learn to identify primates based on individual identification markers

*Track primates by movement and vocalizations.

*Become well-versed in scan and focal animal behavior sampling protocols

*Use radio telemetry systems

*Operate high-pitch audio recording systems

*Operate audio analyzing software

*Learn how to collate data collected into a usable database for further analyses

*Record data ad libitum on several unique behaviors such as mating, aggression, competition, and grooming

*Identify life-stages of the tamarins, and specific behaviors particular to those time stages

*Operate portable audio recording and speaker systems in field conditions

*Conduct experimental trials for communication research on a wild population

*Learn to collect non-invasive biological samples and store them while under challenging field conditions

*Process each sample for a variety of uses: genetics, parasite screening, and hormone profiles.

*Learn how to set up a laboratory in the jungle, where things are quite different than your average city laboratory

We are currently recruiting participants with the following requirements. If you are uncertain if you are eligible, contact us to confirm.

*Participants must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins

*Participants must demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in zoology, biology, or anthropology

*Previous field experience is not required

*Participants must justify why this program is important to them, and what they hope to gain from it

*Participants must provide a letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant?s experience and skills

*Participants must be in good physical condition, with the capability to walk 4 miles a day

*Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have, if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health

*Participants must sign waivers of liability for this project and for the field station before their participation in the project is finalized

*Participants must be willing to maintain long hours in the field, and return to complete data entry in the evenings

*Participants can expect flexible schedules that are dependent on the weather.

*Participants must exhibit a willingness to adjust their schedule to primate daily activity patterns. This can require waking up early, sometimes by 4 or 5 am, and going to bed early, 8 or 9 pm.

Program fees: $2700 for 6 weeks; $450 each additional week

Term of Appointment:
June 3 ? August 12, 2019

Application Deadline:
APRIL 15, 2019

Start dates: June 3, June 17, July 1
Minimum stay required: 6 weeks; Appeals to majors: Anthropology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Psychology
Training areas: Off-trail navigation, wildlife tracking, telemetry, focal behavioural sampling, vocal repertoire, audio analyses.

Contact Information:
Mrinalini Watsa


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