**We are now accepting applications for the 2017 IRES program. Tulane students– deadline to apply is 11/30, please download the application here!** (note: this application has some details specific to Tulane students, all students should submit applications to the relevant PI.)
Tulane, William & Mary, and Cornell undergraduate students at the Sophomore and Junior levels (and advanced first-year students) are encouraged to apply to participate in a National Science Foundation-funded US-Australia International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program in avian behavioral ecology. This program is a continued collaboration between Tulane University, Cornell University, and William & Mary to provide substantial international behavioral ecology research experiences in the Australian tropics. Students from under-represented groups and those intending to Major in Biology, Environmental Science, or the Behavioral Sciences are especially encouraged to apply.
Participants in the program will conduct behavioral ecological research at a temperate woodland research site near Brisbane, Australia. Research will focus on understanding how small songbirds use habitat at the site, and how habitat alteration influences social and competitive interactions within and among species. One of the species we will study is the charismatic red-backed fairy-wren Malurus melanocephalus.
This multi-semester experience will include: (1) preparation of independent research projects and training in relevant field techniques during the Spring 2017 semester prior to departure; (2) 8-10 (most likely 9) weeks of field research in Australia starting in late-May or early-June, 2017; and, (3) at least one semester of laboratory and data analysis upon return from the field (Fall 2017 and beyond). Participants are expected to develop honors thesis / independent study projects based on this research, with associated credit hours as appropriate.
In addition to behavioral ecology field research on birds, the Australia experience will include: visits to leading Australian scientific research institutions; field trips to notable biotic regions in the area such as Lamington National Park; and cultural enrichment programs concerning contemporary socio-environmental issues in northern Australia.