Ecology volunteers needed.
The Wise Lab in the Ecology and Evolution Group at UIC is looking for volunteers interested in learning about and participating in ecology and biodiversity research. Current research focuses on the terrestrial arthropod community (beetles, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, ants and other taxa). Volunteers are needed to help sort and identify the arthropod community in leaf litter samples.
Objectives of the project are to:
1) Determine the effects of different land management practices on the leaf-litter arthropod community.
2) Establish a base line of arthropod abundance and diversity that will be used in long-term ecological research on the sites.
Nature of volunteer work:
Volunteers will be an integral part of day-to-day work in the lab by helping to sort, identify and preserve arthropods. Volunteers will use Stereomicroscopes to aid in the sorting of samples and identify arthropods. This data will then be used to calculate abundance and diversity in each site. There is also a possibility for field sampling in the spring and summer, volunteers will assist in leaf litter collection in forested areas and extracting animals using an apparatus in the lab.
NO experience in identification/taxonomic work is needed. Volunteers will be trained in arthropod identification. Volunteering in the project will introduce you to ecological and biodiversity research of major terrestrial ecosystems.
Reply back to J.-Cristian Martinez at Jmarti51(at)uic.edu with a short personal statement about research interests and reasons why you are interested in volunteering in this lab.