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Quantitative Ecology Internship

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Mosquitoes are a diverse and widespread family of insects that have been extensively studied because of their ecological and epidemiological significance. As a dominant taxon in aquatic food webs, mosquitoes comprise a sizable proportion of the aquatic invertebrate biomass and act as a key food source for both aquatic and terrestrial predators (e.g., fish, amphibians, spiders, birds and bats). Mosquitoes also act asvectors for numerous parasites and pathogens of humans, livestock and wildlife.

Mosquito biology and ecology have also been extensively studied to characterize and mitigate impacts of associated diseases. Because of their sensitivity to environmental gradients and perturbations mosquitoes represent an ideal sentinel taxon for evaluating the ecological effects of global changephenomena. Although a short generation time and high fecundity allow mosquitoes to respond quickly toenvironmental change generally, the high diversity and varied ecological niches of this group will result inmarked differences in response between species. Because of their frequent association with humans and ability to thrive in human-­modified environments, mosquito ecology is also likely to be significantly affected by land use changes. Based on these reasons mosquitoes were selected as a sentinel (focal)taxon to be monitored within the National Ecological Observatory Network.

Essential Duties

The intern would work under the supervision of the NEON Insect Ecologist to learn about mosquito ecology. The intern will use data available on the public NEON data portal to develop a research question to analyze mosquito diversity and/or pathogen data. The final products are a technical paper summarizing the key findings from the project and a poster highlighting the data outcomes from the project.

Reports and Presentations

• Present project status to NEON mentor, departmental team and peers for feedback periodically throughout the summer.

• Prepare brief report describing project outcomes (using Ecology format).

• Present technical poster showcasing internship project to NEON team and to peers at final

Intern Poster Session at end of the summer program.

Seminars and Departmental Meetings

Participate in technical and career seminars and meetings with NEON science staff, NEON Internship program staff, and peers.

Community and Professional Behavior

Interns are part of a diverse community of peers working and living together. Interns are expected to contribute positively to the community and to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to a professional environment. Interns are also expected to fully participate during normal office hours and during NEON Internship functions.

Decision making and problem solving

Interns will use basic problem solving skills in their work, will exercise judgment regarding when to ask for help, and will consult with their supervisor or mentor on larger job or community related issues.

Application Deadline: 2/10/2017
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Participating Institution(s):
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National Ecological Observatory Network (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution

Quantitative Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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