Aims of the internship:
Potential drivers for the diversity of song traits of this Northern Hemisphere songbird clade are identified: Sonographic traits from song recordings of all treecreeper taxa are correlated with potentially explanatory variables (other behavioral, morphological traits, distribution, climatic niche), pairwise, and in linear models. Based on a well-resolved molecular phylogeny of the same taxa, phylogenetic signal of all variables is inferred, all pairwise correlations are corrected for relatedness with phylogenetically independent contrasts and phylogenetic generalized linear models are used.
Means and analysis that will be implemented:
Phylogenetic comparative methods, literature research, data extraction with GIS, sound analysis, multivariate statistics, statistical modelling
Tasks to be carried out by the student:
data compilation, data extraction with GIS, performing advanced statistical analyses, editing graphics, drafting a manuscript; optionally own song recordings in the field, sound analyses, phylogenetic analyses, outlook to NGS approaches

– Dates and duration of data collection period: this is particularly important for any internships that require fieldwork.
flexible (no field work required, but offered in March/April)
– Name of supervisor’s laboratory and details of where the internship will be carried out.
Wink lab, Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB), Heidelberg University, Germany
The internship comprises computer analyses at the IPMB and – optionally – bird song recordings in the city of Heidelberg and surrounding forested hills (Odenwald).
– Name and contact details of host establishment and contact details of the supervisor(s) in the host team: surname, christian name, professional status, telephone number, address, email address.
Dr. Tietze, Dieter Thomas, academic assistant, +49 175 4105937, Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology and Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 364, D-69120 Heidelberg, [email protected]
– Scientific profile and skills required from the applicant.
animal communication basics
experience with R
conscientiousness with handling data
basic programming skills (in R)
basic GIS knowledge
experience with phylogenetics
– For internships outside Strasbourg: possibilities for accommodation and travel (information about conditions for entry and residence, possible accommodation, reimbursement of travel expenses).
Schengen visa needed, if not EU citizen
information on accomodation options will be provided
no reimbursement of travel (or other) expenses

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