Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for PhD Dissertation Research - Summer 2014

Jonathan Whitney, a PhD candidate of the Department of Biology and the HIMB, is looking for two unpaid research assistants

Jonathan Whitney, a PhD candidate, is currently looking for two unpaid research assistants to help with field collections and lab experiments as part of his PhD dissertation project on Mate Choice in the Color Polymorphic Arceye Hawkfish.  The primary objectives for this summer are to collect live hawkfish from Oahu and Big Island, tarnsport them to the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), and conduct mate-choice experiments that will test for color-associated mate preference.  Fieldwork will consist of diving and collecting on a Big Island (over one 4-5 day trip) and 2-3 days on Oahu.  Lab work will be conducted throughout the summer on Coconut Island.

Jonathan is primarily interested in help from mid-June through late-August (ending before fall term), with July being the most time-intensive period.

The ideal candidate would be an advanced undergraduate student with a keen interest in marine ecology, behavior ecology, and evolutionary biology, a current AAUS Scientific Diving certification, and experience working with aquaria and live fish.

This is an unpaid position, however students assisting in Big Island fieldwork will have all expenses paid including travel, room & board, tanks, etc.

If interested, please send Jonathan Whitney an email at jw2@hawaii.edu detailing your academic background, field and lab experience (if any), diving experience and certifications (if any), your motivation to be involved with this project and any other relevant experience or skills.

For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please see the attached announcement from Jonathan here.

Last Modified: 
06/13/2014 at 1:38pm