Students will be working with local Professors Peter Unmack, Ben Kefford, Ross Thompson, and Arthur Georges at the University of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. A diversity of projects and activities will be conducted, including examining morphological diversity in a freshwater fish (Australian Smelt), PCR amplification of turtle DNA looking at hybridization between species and freshwater ecology experiments, looking at sub-lethal effects of salinity on salt sensitive mayfly species, looking at acute exposure of stream invertebrates to selected insecticides, and looking at the effect of road de-icing salts on stream macroinvertebrates. There will be opportunities to be involved in fieldwork activities as well.
Dunedin, New Zealand
Students will work with researchers at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest and most academically competitive university, and at Landcare, a crown-research institute whose mission is to provide research to support the protection of biodiversity in New Zealand. Students will work with Drs. Bill Lee and Steve Higgins and their labs as they examine the physiology and evolution of native plants in New Zealand using a combination of field, lab, and modeling approaches. Located on the Otago Peninsula in southern New Zealand, Dunedin is a gateway to the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and is the center of wildlife diversity. Arriving in mid-January and staying late April, students will enjoy the mild climate of summer and fall in Southern New Zealand.
Students that intern in Vietnam will be working with local Professor Thai Hong Pham, head curator at the Vietnam National Museum of Nature. A diversity of projects and activities will be conducted centered around dragonflies, damselflies and fireflies including examining morphological diversity, gathering behavioral data and looking at color diversity patterns at regional scales. The research will be heavily focused on field work with a museum based component.