A research assistant position is available for durations of three to nine
weeks (within the period from August 1st to November 15th) in the
Biological Interactions Lab (www.biointeractionslab.com;
http://www.biointeractionslab.com) in the Department of Botany and Zoology
at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Work will be based in Namaqualand, a semi-desertic area of astonishing
plant diversity, during the annual spring mass-flowering displays.
We will conduct pollinator observation, plant trait measurements and in
Situ experiments on the unique long-tongued fly pollination guilds across
a large area (200km). The plant we focus on are from the Iridaceae
and Geraniaceae families.
Candidates need to be hard-working, willing to spend long hours in the
field and to spend large amounts of nights camping.
Previous experience in pollination biology will be an advantage.
Food, accommodation, and a small stipend will be provided. Travel costs to
South Africa are not included.
Please direct any questions and applications to Florent Grenier:
Deadline: July 1st 2016
PhD candidate, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM)
University of Montpellier – FRANCE
Department of Botany and Zoology
cell phone : +33 6 76 48 10 30
Some pictures of the area where fieldwork will be conducted on this FlickR album:
References on the study systems:
Manning, J. C., & Goldblatt, P. (1996). The Prosoeca peringueyi (Diptera:
Nemestrinidae) pollination guild in southern Africa: long-tongued flies
and their tubular flowers. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 67-86.
Manning, J. C., & Goldblatt, P. (1997). The Moegistorhynchus longirostris
(Diptera: Nemestrinidae) pollination guild: Long-tubed flowers and a
specialized long-proboscid fly pollination system in southern Africa.
Plant Systematics and Evolution, 206(1-4), 51-69.