Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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Our department is seeking to fill a number of volunteer research positions with undergraduate students possessing a strong interest in biological research. You will be working under the supervision of a graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member while assisting in laboratory and/or field research. Please read the descriptions below detailing the research area and the responsibilities of each position. To apply, click the link below and complete the form to submit your application. We encourage that only those students willing to make a serious commitment apply. 

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Evolution of Female Preference in Crickets

Contact: Lauren Conroy; Lab: Roff

Description of Position:  

We are currently working on a project that investigates how female preferences for male mating signals may have evolved, using a lab population of crickets as a model system.  We measure components of male mating signals (male cricket song) and female preference by using motion-activated sensors to record when females make visits to calling males.  We investigate changes in male call properties and female preference over time, as well as changes in morphology (wing features, flight muscle features, gonads).   We employ quantitative genetics methods in our analyses of evolutionary change over time.

We seek volunteers to help with cricket care and maintenance, analysis of male cricket songs using software like Audacity and Raven, measurement of morphological features like wings and legs in Image J, and dissections of males and females to facilitate measurement of gonads and flight muscles.

Ecology of Riverine Communities

Contact: Parsa Saffarinia; Lab: Anderson

Description of Position: My group is broadly interested in areas of applied and theoretical ecology.  I am seeking assistance in field work and lab work for my project.  This project entails observing the affects of changes in flow (as predicted by climate change) on communities in riverine systems.  Field work will involve long hours in secluded mountainous regions by streams, and extended amounts of physical activity with relatively spartan living conditions.  Lab work will include learning how to identify various insect, fish, and algal orders, as well as some basic data analysis.  The general idea behind this project is to further our understanding of how our riverine communities will respond to an altered hydro-graph in the future. 

Locomotion and Behavior in Desert Iguanas

Contact: Jennifer Singleton; Lab: Garland

Description of Position: My research examines correlations between circulating hormones, locomotion and behavior in a desert reptile, the Desert Iguana.  Multiple undergraduate assistants are needed for Spring and Summer fieldwork in the Coachella Valley.  Looking for students who like reptiles and can handle challenging field conditions.

Hummingbird Courtship Behavior 

Contact: Sean Wilcox; Lab: Clark

Description of Position:  I am seeking motivated second-, and/or third-year undergraduates to help in computer digitization of hummingbird flight trajectories.  This is a volunteer position that will likely lead to field work in the summer and/or fall.

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