eDNA Monitoring Research Fellowship

 

Osa Conservation invites applicants to the 2022 Rainforest Science and Conservation Fellowship in eDNA monitoring and research.

We are seeking innovative and ambitious early career scientists and graduate level students who are interested in researching the next big topics in tropical ecology, restoration, and conservation; and the best ways to tell the story of habitat and biodiversity conservation. If you want to live and work at our Osa Conservation Campus for 6 months in the heart of Osa Peninsula’s rainforest, in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region, then we want you to apply.

The selected fellow will:

  • Explore the role of eDNA in wildlife monitoring in Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest. This fellow will execute innovative eDNA trials for wildlife of conservation concern, including the endangered and endemic Golfo Dulce Poison Dart Frog. . You will work alongside Osa Conservation’s team of wildlife biologists including  Eleanor Flatt,  Dr. Carolina Pinto and Paulina Rodriguez, and Amphibian eDNA specialist – Torrey Rodgers. 
  • Develop skills, attain on-the-ground experience, and lead cutting-edge trials to advance this developing field.

The Osa Conservation Campus

Fellows will live at our Piro Biological Research Station in the Osa Peninsula. Located about 1 hour from the nearest town, the biological station  is uniquely positioned to inspire and equip early career scientists. At the OC Campus, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research, extraordinary landscapes and conservation technology fuse to create an elite field site. 

Nestled in the heart of the Osa Peninsula, the surrounding geographic and biological uniqueness makes this an exceptional place to conduct research and tell conservation stories. The peninsula is a global biodiversity hotspot, with over 400 species of birds, 140 mammals, 115 amphibians, 500 trees and 6,000 insects, and exceptionally high levels of endemism and rarity. Fellows should expect Nestled in the heart of the Osa Peninsula, the surrounding geographic and biological uniqueness makes this an exceptional place to conduct research and tell conservation stories. The peninsula is a global biodiversity hotspot, with over 400 species of birds, 140 mammals, 115 amphibians, 500 trees and 6,000 insects, and exceptionally high levels of endemism and rarity. The research station is often visited by troops of endangered spider monkeys, Red-capped Manakins and White-lipped peccaries.

Within a single location, the OC Campus allows one to explore a diverse array of ecosystems including mature and secondary lowland and premontane forests, coastal and marine ecosystems, mangroves, lagoons and rivers. The campus boasts over 28 km of maintained trail system and a sprawling arboretum of over 301 species of rare, endangered and endemic trees.

Fellows will be immersed not only in a unique geographical setting, but also in an outstanding scientific community of local and international conservationists, biologists, media-specialists, educators and community outreach leaders. The team is led by renowned tropical ecologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth, Executive Director of Osa Conservation and Associate Researcher at University of Glasgow. Dr. Whitworth and the OC team of 20+ conservation practitioners and scientists.

 

The fellowship is valued at $12,000 and the 6-month fellowship starts in March 2021; the exact start date is flexible (earlier start dates will be given preference).

 

The fellowship provides funding for:

6-months of room and board, including 3 meals/day 

Equipment and supplies needed to complete fellowship activities

International travel to Costa Rica and domestic travel to the OCC

Monthly stipend to provide for personal expenses

Health and accident insurance while at OCC

6-month visa and all permits to conduct research

 

Applying is easy! 

Please send your CV, a 1-page research proposal, and a short video* explaining why you are the best person for the fellowship (maximum 2 minutes) to Eleanor Flatt [[email protected]]. Please include “eDNA Monitoring Research Fellowship in the subject line. Deadline to apply is 7 February, 2022

*Make sure the security settings on your video allow anyone with the file to access and share it.