A research assistant position, to study behavioural ecology and population
genetics of native New Zealand frogs (genus Leiopelma), is available starting
1 July 1993 (or later date to be negotiated). The successful candidate
will be involved in various research projects concerned with the behaviour
(e.g. parental care of brood) and ecology (e.g. dispersal) of these unique
frogs. A major portion of the work will involve analyses of genetic variation
within and among populations using PCR and various fingerprinting techniques.
The application of these methodologies to conservation biology, both with
respect to these endangered frogs and other threatened New Zealand fauna, will
be stressed. Work on other endemic fauna (e.g. wetas) will be encouraged.
Initial funding is available for a full-time research assistant for one year,
and funding for future years is possible. Applicants with experience in
methods of DNA purification and analyses, and/or with experience working
on problems of behaviour or ecology in the field, will be given preference.
Please contact me if you are interested, or would like further details.
Department of Zoology
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 364 2066
FAX: +64 3 364 2024
Email: bw at gnu.ai.mit.edu