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Conservation Biology & Population Ecology Lab

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Dr. Karen V. Root, Dept. of Biological Sciences

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Current Research Projects

Are you an undergraduate currently interested in getting some research experience?

We are looking for research assistants for a variety of ecological research projects in the Oak Openings Region. We are also interested in advising independent research projects (e.g., honors thesis) that are related. Not only will you gain valuable experience that will make you more competitive for jobs and/or graduate school. You can receive credit for the experience as BIOL 4010 (1-3 credits depending on number of hours worked per week) under Dr. Karen V. Root.

Projects

Herps · Wildlife · Bats

Contact any of the following graduate students or Dr. Root if you are interested or would like more information. Please let us know what project(s) interest you, if you have any previous research experience, and when you would be available.

  1. Project:Differential Movement Patterns Among Reptilian Species
    Timing:May until September
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Conduct visual encounter surveys for box turtles and use cover boards for snakes
    • Help apply fluorescent powder to box turtles and snakes
    • Track movement patterns at night using a UV light
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, ArcGIS, etc.)
  2. Project: Exploring Aquatic Turtle Diversity
    Timing: April until September
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Trap aquatic turtles using baited hoop traps, basking traps, and dip netting
    • Shell notching for individual identification
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, Program MARK, etc.)
  3. Project: Analyzing Reptile Detections Across a Heterogeneous Landscape Using Citizen Science
    Timing:Continuous
    Duties: Assistants will record and analyze incoming data from the public
    • Eco informatics (data crunching)
    For any of these first 3 projects contact: Amanda Martin
  4. Project: Examining Management Effects on Vertebrate Taxa
    Timing: April to August
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks
    • Conducting transects, tubes and cover boards to collect information on vertebrates
    • Work with a variety of vertebrates (e.g., avian, mammalian, and herpetofauna)
    • Acquire skills for wildlife/ecology jobs
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, ArcGIS, etc.)
    Contact: Greg Gustafson
  5. Project: The Effects of Human Land-Use on Local Bat Populations
    Timing: April to August
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Using Anabats to record bat vocalizations
    • Collecting environmental data
    • Night-time surveys (hiking trails & driving transects)
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, ArcGIS, etc.)
    Contact: Tyler Turner