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Primate Conservation Field School in Madagascar and US for graduate students

Hiring Organization:
Tropical Conservation Institute, Florida International University

Date Posted:
2018-11-19

Position Description:
The Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI) at Florida International University is seeking 2 outstanding graduate students to participate in TCI?s IRES Program, a research training program in lemur conservation in Madagascar. This opportunity is open only to students currently enrolled in a US or Malagasy university as a graduate students (master's and PhD students), who will graduate in Fall 2019 or later.

Selected students will participate in the following activities:
Pre-field IRES-Madagascar course; Spring 2019: 16hrs of course-work at FIU (online for non-FIU students) on research and conservation field methods, preparing for research in Madagascar (culture, socio-economic background and logistics), and proposal preparation.

Paid internship in Madagascar; Summer 2019: Seven weeks of data collection on lemur conservation in Nosy Be Island, NW Madagascar. Students will collect data on abundance of three species of lemurs and will investigate the impact of different factors on lemur abundance.

Post-field IRES-Madagascar course; Fall 2019: 28hrs of course-work at FIU (online for non-FIU students) on data analyses and interpretation, publication write-up, and presentations. Both courses will be part of a single 3-credit "special topics" course.

Participants are required to take part in all three phases of the program. Activities include attending pre- and post-field courses, going to the field and collecting data, co-authoring publications, giving professional presentations, and preparing video products about the program. While in the field, students will live together in a fully-equipped house and will participate in various field and outreach activities.

Qualifications/Experience:
Students should have a strong interest in animal conservation, have basic knowledge of ecological research principles and procedures, and be comfortable with spending 7 weeks in Madagascar collecting data and working in forest environments. Students must be self-motivated and willing to assist in research and work-related duties. Previous experience doing field-work is a plus.

This opportunity is open only to graduate students currently enrolled in a US or Malagasy university, who will graduate in Fall 2019 or later.

FIU is an equal opportunity employer, we therefore encourage underrepresented groups in STEM fields to apply. Students from all US and Malagasy universities are welcome to apply.

Salary/funding:
All field expenses (travel, equipment, lodge, food, health insurance) will be covered. In addition, a $500/week Fellowship Award will be provided to students during the 7-week field internship.

Term of Appointment:
Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

Application Deadline:
Mon Nov 26th

Contact Information:
Cristina Gomes, FL
USA

Website:
http://go.fiu.edu/ires

E-mail Address:
tci@fiu.edu

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