AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS
At Beijing Normal University
Bohai Bay, Hebei Province, China
2-3 months; Begin at early May and run through late July
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus is a small shorebird with half neck collar in Charadriidae family. It breeds in large range from S Europe to temperate zone of Asia including Japan, winters in N Africa, S China, S Asia and SE Asia. In China, it breeds on the beach of east Coast and also the inland salt lakes of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
We are carrying out series cutting-edge studies to understand its ecology, evolution and behavior using comparative studies in Hebei, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Qinghai populations.
Ecology: As a ground-nesting species, our study shows it sensitive to environmental factors.
Behavior: Kentish plover have diverse modes in mating system and parental care strategies. This may have both genetic and environmental components.
Genetics: In China, Kentish plovers may have three distinctive genetic populations and divergence mechanism remains poorly known.
The assistants will work with graduate students from Beijing Normal University and Sun Yat-sen University. Duties will include nest searching, trapping at the nest, banding, measuring, blood sampling, behavior observation and record, experiment manipulation for parental care, as well as any other works involved in the field.
Previous experience with birds is preferred and basic training such as measuring and bird banding will also be provided. Volunteers are expected to spend for two or three months on the work, have strong interest in birds and animal behavior, physically fit and be willing to work for long and irregular time in the field, and share rooms with others. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn avian field research skills, see many Chinese endemic bird species, and experience the Chinese tradition and culture.
All expenses in China during work period (i.e. housing, foods, and local travels, etc.) will be covered, but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China.
To Apply: Interested candidates should send their cover letter (highlighting the date you could begin work and the length to work) and resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references) to Que Pinjia (Email: email@example.com) by email.
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