Field Volunteer Needed for Frillneck Lizard Study in the Kimberley (WA)

An enthusiastic and capable volunteer field assistant is required for a research project on frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii) in Wyndham, Western Australia. This project will form part of a PhD study in tropical northern Australia on the evolution of colour in the frill. Fieldwork will involve…..:

- locating and capturing lizards in order to fit them with radio-transmitters
- taking morphometrics and other fitness indicators (e.g. bite force)
- tracking radio-collared lizards to determine territory size
- conducting behavioural focals on territorial males
- assisting with performance experiments on captive lizards at the field station

The fieldwork requires spending 7-8 hrs per day (6 or 7 days/week) working in hot, humid conditions. The study areas are located near a small town, where a field station with basic facilities is located

The position requires commitment to the full field season, which will run from late October/early November 2011 until February 2012. Travel to and from the field site will be covered by the university, as will accommodation for the duration of the field season.

Ideally, applicants should have some field experience, good observational skills, be reliable, and also able to work independently. Previous reptile handling experience would be preferable, but is not essential. This is an excellent opportunity for recent science graduates to gain valuable field experience of in-depth behavioural and evolutionary research.

Application deadline: 1 October 2011

For more information, and to apply, please contact David Hamilton (davidghamilton@hotmail.com).