Blois Paleoecology Lab

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Undergraduate research is highly valued in the lab!  Generally, initial student work is aimed at familiarizing students with the kind of data and projects that are available to them in the Blois lab.  For examples, students may sort owl pellets or fossils and start to identify bones to genus.  Occasionally, students will help with mammal surveys on the Vernal Pools Reserve or with database tasks.  As students progress academically and in terms of lab experience, we will work together to develop a research project according to the students interests.

Students generally get undergraduate research credit (e.g., Bio or ESS 95, Bio or ESS 195) for work in the lab.  Students typically commit to 2 units of research credit or 6 hours per week, but this is flexible. In rare cases, paid opportunities may arise.

To apply to work in the Blois lab, please send Prof. Blois an application letter with the following information:

  1. Your name, major, year
  2. A description of your own educational and career goals
  3. A description of which aspects of the lab research are most interesting to you (consult the research descriptions on the lab website)
  4. A description of how work in the Blois lab ties into your own academic interests

This letter is due by the end of Week 1 of each semester.  At that point, Prof. Blois and her senior lab members will evaluate the applications and determine whether and which students will be accepted into the lab.  Preference is given to Bio/Eco-Evo and ESS students.

Students are expected to:

  • Work in the lab for the agreed-on number of hours
  • Meet with Prof. Blois at the beginning of the semester to develop a series of research goals for the students work
  • Write a summary/report of the work they have performed in the lab and meet with Prof. Blois to discuss at the end of the semester

Fall 2017 Opportunities

Functional traits in Palauan marine taxa: The marine lakes of Palau host a diversity of fish, invertebrates and algae, and are excellent systems to answer a multitude of questions in ecology and evolution. We have one opening for an assistant to help compile data on the organisms that live in these lakes – their ecological roles and attributes (e.g. their morphology, diet and habitat) – to further our understanding of how these ecosystems work.

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