The Brosi Lab is recruiting undergraduates for research positions starting in the winter quarter!

We study how the structure of biological communities—including both biodiversity and ecological network structure—affects ecological functioning, and how that structure and function are affected by anthropogenic environmental change. We primarily use plant-pollinator networks as a model system. Our studies incorporate a range of scientific approaches including manipulative and comparative field studies, controlled laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, population genetics, and DNA metabarcoding.

We are currently searching for undergraduates to process insect specimens from plant-pollinator network experiments conducted in the field. This will involve sorting insects into large-scale taxonomic groups and may include some finer-level insect identification. It may also involve preparing insect specimens for DNA barcoding. Attention to detail and patience are important for success in this work, and we would particularly welcome students with an interest in learning more about insects, plant pollination, and ecological networks. Upon successful completion of this work, there is potential for involvement in other projects and independent research in the future. For more information about the lab, go to www.brosilab.org.

Student researchers can work on a volunteer basis, get research credit through the Biology Dept, or potentially set up a work-study position (only for students qualifying for Federal Work-Study).

If you’re interested, contact Annie Schiffer (aschif@uw.edu) and include a resume and unofficial transcript.