Hello! Is is possible for someone to apply to be your research assistant or are you picking from students at your school?
Anonymous

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.

Very large Katydid that flew into me at the outdoor dining hall in the research station in the Amazon!  It hit me smack in the face!  It kinda hurt..

Tiputini, Ecuador

Like my bug posts from The Amazon?  Check out my research proposal here.

Helping to collect amphibians for the herpetologists’ research.  This toad was like “let me out of my Ziploc prison!”
Tiputini, Ecuador
My research campaign

Helping to collect amphibians for the herpetologists’ research.  This toad was like “let me out of my Ziploc prison!”

Tiputini, Ecuador

My research campaign

I found this grasshopper poking his little funny head out of my rubber boot, I’m glad I saw him first before stomping on him (other poor insect souls weren’t so lucky).  I think he is pretty cool looking.

Tiputini, Ecuador

You can contribute toward my scientific research fund here. Even a dollar helps to raise awareness in the Amazon.

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.  
Tiputini, Ecuador
Read about my research here.

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.  

Tiputini, Ecuador

Read about my research here.

Little black widow girl.

Little black widow girl.

Roach on fungus.
Tiputini, Ecuador
My research campaign.

Roach on fungus.

Tiputini, Ecuador

My research campaign.

buggirl:

Love this.   We are citizens of the Earth and relatives of every creature on it.  We do NOT own it. 

To give a dollar to scientific research in The Amazon, check out my research proposal here.

buggirl:

Love this.   We are citizens of the Earth and relatives of every creature on it.  We do NOT own it. 

To give a dollar to scientific research in The Amazon, check out my research proposal here.

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! 

GO SCIENCE!

Andrea, aka buggirl

Weevil.
Tiputini, Ecuador

Can you spare a dollar for science?  Read about my research here.