Eileen Lacey, Professor

Closed (1) Social structure of birds and mammals

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Studies of animals in their natural habitats are critical to understanding the specific conditions under which different forms of social interaction occur. Currently, the Lacey lab includes field studies of social interactions within flocks of Peruvian birds as well as social relationships within groups of Argentine tuco-tucos. Recently completed field studies of these animals have generated multiple types of data that now need to be digitized and analyzed to test hypotheses regarding the benefits of social relationships in these animals.

Entry of field notes, digital images, and other forms of field-collected data in to existing databases. Pending student interest, analyses of these data using R statistical packages, ArcView and/or ArcGIS. An important opportunity to learn basic data management skills and contribute to testing of hypotheses regarding the reasons for social interactions among free-living animals.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Ari Martinez, Post-Doc

Qualifications: Qualifications: Attention to detail is essential; experience with R, Excel, and ArcGIS is desirable but not required. Students should be prepared to schedule work during hours when the MVZ is open (M-F, 8 am - 5 pm).

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs
Related website: http://mvz.berkeley.edu