Hello! Is is possible for someone to apply to be your research assistant or are you picking from students at your school?
Hmmmm… excellent question!! I’m not sure which avenue I will take on finding a field assistant. I”m not even sure if I’ll be able to afford one- it all depends how much money I can raise to fund the project.
I mean, I know going to the Amazon for 2 months to conduct scientific research as an intern is a dream come true for a lot of undergrads (it was for me), but it’s also expensive so I would not want to make someone pay for the entire trip. All that stuff needs to be figured out, and the proper way for me to do things..
But to answer your question- I don’t think I would be opposed to hiring someone from an outside university. Field biologists always need extra hands- and volunteering, even locally, is an excellent way for students to get experience and looks great on grad apps!
Read about my research in The Amazon here.
Helping to collect amphibians for the herpetologists’ research. This toad was like “let me out of my Ziploc prison!”
My research campaign
Leah, the herpetologist, and a big buttress. A friend of mine was studying the effects buttresses had on the communities around them- the idea was that trees with buttresses would collect more leaf matter and therefore, host more diverse communities of arthropods. The answer seemed to be yes, especially in the cases of ant diversity.
Read about my research here.
Spiders of Yasuni: How do their Physical Traits Determine their Lifestyle?
Today was a successful first day for my research!
THANK YOU to everyone who reblogged and donated. Even a dollar helps! I do not receive funding for my research unless I hit my goal. And I only have 60 days of outreach.
I will not be clogging your dash with requests for donations- as I want to keep my blog the way it always has been. But I will check in from time to time and let you know where we are at!
Andrea, aka buggirl