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IRES Madagascar Program

 

The Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI) at Florida International University is seeking 6 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in TCI’s IRES Program, a research training program in lemur, sea turtle and marine mammal conservation in Madagascar. This opportunity is open only to students currently enrolled in a US university, and scheduled to graduate in Fall 2020 or later.

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Hawksbill sea turtle

Selected students will participate in the following activities:

  1. Pre-field IRES-Madagascar course; Spring 2020: 16hrs of course-work at FIU on research and conservation field methods, preparing for research in Madagascar (culture, socio-economic background and logistics), and proposal preparation.
  2. Paid internship in Madagascar; Summer 2020: seven weeks of data collection on lemur, sea turtle or marine mammal population status and conservation in Nosy Be Island, NW Madagascar. All field expenses (travel, equipment, lodge, food, health insurance) will be covered. In addition, students will receive a stipend during the 7-week field internship.
  3. Post-field IRES-Madagascar course; Fall 2020: 28hrs of course-work at FIU on data analyses and interpretation, publication preparation, and presentations. Both pre-field and post-field courses will be part of a single 3-credit "special topics" class.

Participants are required to take part in all three phases of the program. Activities include attending pre- and post-field courses, going to the field and collecting data, co-authoring reports and potentially peer-reviewed scientific publications, giving presentations, and preparing video products about the program. While in the field, students will live together in a fully-equiped facility/house and will participate in various field and outreach activities. All field expenses (travel, equipment, room, food, travel insurance) will be covered, participants will only be responsible for any personal expenses.

Students should have a strong interest in animal conservation, have basic knowledge of ecological research principles and procedures, be comfortable with spending 7 weeks in Madagascar collecting data and working in forest or marine environments, and be willing to participate in phsyically demanding field-work. Students must be self-motivated and willing to assist in research and work-related duties. Previous experience doing field-work is a plus.

FIU is an equal opportunity employer, we therefore encourage underrepresented groups in STEM fields to apply. Students from all US universities are welcome to apply.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and The Batchelor Foundation. Technical and scientific partners include Mada Megafauna, Mikajy Natiora and University of Antananarivo.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit by November 15, 2019, at 11:59pm:

  • The application form
  • A letter of interest (400-word limit)
  • A YouTube link to a video cover-letter (1min limit) specifying the reasons you are interested in this program, how you can contribute to the project and how it will affect your career
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Send all materials to tci@fiu.edu with subject line: “TCI IRES Program application.” 

Fifteen candidates will be selected for interviews, out of which six will be offered a position in the TCI IRES Program. Applicants will be notified by December 1, 2019, at 11:59pm if they have been selected for an interview.

Please contact tci@fiu.edu with any questions or concerns.