RA Bird Nests – M. Akresh
Start Date: 5/4/2020
End Date: 4/30/2021 (can be earlier depending on work study)
Number of Positions: 1-2
Hours per Week: 7-20 (limited by work study funds)
Weekends Required: No
Evenings Required: No
Supervisor: Michael Akresh
This position allows for remote work (Yes/No): Yes
Percentage of time that could be remote (0-100%): 100%
Method to assess remote work: Supervisor will be in weekly communication with the students to monitor that the work is being completed. Supervisor will check pictures taken of the dissected bird nests, and the data being collected and entered on a shared Google Sheet, to make sure the work is being done. Through the above communication and checking, the supervisor will be able to assess if the work hours on task are accurately represented (given the amount of time it should take to complete the work).
Assistants are needed to help with ongoing research on the structure and composition of bird nests in western Massachusetts. The research is part of a larger Neighborhood Nestwatch citizen science project with collaborators at the USFS and Smithsonian. Assistants will measure, deconstruct, and weigh bird nests of various species. Data will then be entered in excel. Assistants may have the opportunity to help out with avian fieldwork during the summer (mist-netting, re-sighting color-banded birds, nest searching/monitoring). Students may also have the chance to interact with citizen scientists. Ideal applicants would continue working on the project and assist with statistical analyses and manuscript writing. The start and end dates are flexible (can be earlier or later, if work study funds are available).
- Interest in research that focuses on bird nests, citizen science, and urbanization
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to use Excel, and some familiarity and experience with using R preferred
- Excellent data management and organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Ideal applicants would be willing to continue to work on the project in the future as well (potentially for an M.S. thesis), but I will consider all applicants.
- Federal work study funds
How to Apply:
Send a short cover letter of interest and your CV to Mike Akresh.
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