Tag Archives: Evolution

VCU Bug Lab Internship

Like Bugs?

Want lab experience?

The “VCU Bug Lab” is looking for a few new research
interns (unpaid) to assist with insect rearing and field
collecting this summer and fall. Applicants must be
reliable and cooperative, and available at least 8-10 hrs a
week, especially on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For more information stop by the Bug Lab (033 LSB; enter
through 029 LSB) or contact Dr. Karen Kester:

REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

The REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is accepting applications.

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Participants receive a $5,750 stipend ($575 per week), travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.

The program dates are May 30 to Aug 3, 2018.

Please direct your undergraduate associates to the list of mentors and the on-line application at  https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu/

The application deadline is Saturday April 7, 2018.

A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts and one letter of recommendation.

Interested students may moereu@unlv.edu for additional information.


Recruiting EVO Ph.D. students

Dr. Anne Stone and Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres are currently co-chairing the Evolutionary Biology program at Arizona State University.

We are a mid-sized program with 21 current students, and an active community group including a weekly journal club with faculty and students, annual research seminar organized by students, and shared outreach events (like extracting DNA at the ASU homecoming event). Our faculty span multiple units including Biology, Anthropology, Engineering, and Chemistry.

Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory Assistant

This is a paid ($8/hour) undergraduate research opportunity. The aim of this project is to test physiological limits of heat tolerance in the highly invasive gypsy moth. We will be conducting a laboratory experiment measuring ecologically relevant phenotypes in various temperature regimes and performing a genome-wide association of genomic regions to phenotypic variation within and among gypsy moth populations.

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Darwin Day 2016

Summer research internships 2015: Plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairies

Summer research internships 2015

Are you interested in field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairies? We are looking for 3-6 summer researchers for an NSF-funded project investigating how habitat fragmentation influences inbreeding, pollination, herbivory, and demography in purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia, populations in western Minnesota. We anticipate hiring 2-3 REUs, 2-3 summer field assistants, and one or two 12-month research interns. This is a great opportunity for aspiring ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists to gain research experience and learn about the ecology and evolution of plants in fragmented prairies!

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. During the summer, you will monitor natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, and assist in all aspects of research. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue an independent project as an REU participant. Potential projects could involve hand-pollinating plants, observing & collecting insects, monitoring flowering phenology, conducting statistical analyses, or computer programming.

If you would like more information or wish to apply, please visit this
website http://echinaceaProject.org/opportunities/ or contact Stuart Wagenius. Applications will be reviewed starting 27 February 2014 for REU positions and 6 March for other positions.

16th Annual Darwin Day at VCU


Study Abroad Summer 2015: Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution


• ANTH 398: Field Investigations in Anthropology, 3 credits (required)
• ANTH 391: Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution, 3 credits • BIOL 391: Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution, 3 credits

Course description:

This course will offer students an introduction to the uniquely rich natural and social history of South Africa. Two thirds of the course will focus on the study of the “natural history” of South Africa, which will include intensive consideration of the ecology and evolution of living things. Classroom instruction will focus on evolutionary prin- ciples with specific regard to humans, and will be complemented by visiting World Heritage Sites, like the Cradle of Humankind, that are famous for the discovery of our fossil ancestors. In the study of South African natural history, several days will also be devoted to the ecology of the animals living in the country today, and will include a visit to a world famous wildlife park for a true African safari. The remaining time in the course will focus on the beau- tiful South African context of these World Heritage Sites, and will include a brief introduction to the history of South Africa and the legacy that this history has left for South Africans today. Classroom instruction will include lectures on history and culture, and will be complemented by visits to the Apartheid Museum and Soweto.

Program cost: $2,800 + airfare + VCU tuition

The program fee is $2,800 and includes the following:

• Accommodations in Johannesburg and Cape Town
• Most meals
• Ground and air transportation throughout South Africa • Study visits and excursions to museums and archaeo-

logical sites
• On-site Program Director support • Pre-departure orientation
• International Student Identity Card • VCU administrative fees
• Application deposit

The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for:
• Airfare
• VCU tuition and fees

• Some meals
• Anti-malarial medication
• Passport application fee
• Personal expenses during the program estimated at $300 • Anything not specifically mentioned above

Airfare: Airfare is not included. Participants are responsible for making their own round-trip travel arrangements.

Eligibility: This program is open to all students, regardless of major, who have at least a 2.0 GPA.

Accommodations: Though many of the sites that will be visited on this program are often frequented by tourists, students will be exposed to local cultures and peoples each day. Bed & breakfasts are the most common accom- modations in South Africa, each of which is owned and visited by local South Africans who are often very involved with shaping the experiences of lodgers. While in-country, students will stay in bed & breakfasts in a suburb of Johannesburg and in Cape Town. While rooms may be shared, each is equipped with bathroom facilities and will provide breakfast and snacks to lodgers. In both cities, rooms will be within walking distance of grocery stores and local sites of interest and students will have some free time to explore on their own. At the Kruger National Park, students will stay in luxury tents or rondevals/cabins and will be on safari from dawn until dusk each day, experi- encing up-close encounters with animals such as elephants, lions, and antelopes.

Tours at fossil sites and museums are given by local guides and guest lectures from several South African scientists will be integrated into the program. In each place visited, dinners have been organized that will allow students to sample local cuisine. Students are encouraged to visit local markets and shops where they can interact with South Africans in everyday situations. Students will be fully integrated in the scientific process while in South Africa and will share work and meals with local research teams. Students will also visit and volunteer at non-profit organiza- tions designed to help at-risk youth in the South African townships.

Program Director: The program will be led by Dr. Amy Rector Verrelli, an assistant professor of anthropology who has had extensive experience with American undergraduate students in South Africa through this and other field schools run in the Limpopo Province. Dr. Rector Verrelli lived in Cape Town for several years collecting data for her dissertation and continues archaeological fieldwork in the country each year. She is thrilled to offer this excit- ing opportunity through VCU!