RA PPSO – M. Akresh
Start Date: 5/4/2020
End Date: 4/30/2021 (can be earlier depending on work study)
Number of Positions: 2-5
Hours per Week: 5-20 (limited by work study funds)
Weekends Required: Sometimes (to be determined)
Evenings Required: Sometimes (to be determined)
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 sites where moth, ant, and vegetation surveys are being conducted, and of the insects being collected. The supervisor will also be checking that the data is being collected and entered on a shared Google Sheet. 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). Additionally, some of the work will be done remotely with the supervisor outside (each person will not be within 15ft (5m) of each other).
Assistants are needed to help with ongoing research on wildlife-habitat relationships and the effects of forest management in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and sandplain heathlands in the Northeastern USA. Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens are a globally threatened ecosystem that is dependent on disturbance and is often managed using prescribed fire or mowing. The research assistants will work with AUNE faculty and collaborators at state wildlife agencies and other universities. The work will entail conducting moth, ant, vegetation, and habitat surveys in pitch pine scrub oak barrens and similar xeric ecological communities with sandy/rocky soils, organizing and managing collected data (e.g., taking pictures of collected insects and uploading these pictures to iNaturalist, pinning insect specimens, helping to identify insects to species, organizing data in Excel), and potentially assisting with GIS and statistical analyses on the data. Potential work setting up recording units to survey birds at sites is also a possibility.
- Interest in research that focuses on insect communities and birds in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and sandplain heathlands
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent data management and organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Quantitative skills; ability to use Excel, and some familiarity and experience with using R and ArcGIS would be an added benefit
- Federal work study funds
How to Apply:
Send a short cover letter of interest and your CV to Mike Akresh.
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