Research Associate - Agriculture And Veterinary Sciences

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£34,304 - £38,587
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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Veterinary Medicine
Full Time
Organization Type
University and College
Jobseeker Type
Academic (e.g. 'Lecturer')
The role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated researcher to work on our ERC funded project, 'mushroom body expansion in Heliconius butterflies', leading a sub-project on the evolution of spatial foraging ecology in Heliconiini butterflies. Heliconius butterflies are unique among Lepidoptera for actively collecting and digesting pollen grains. To do so they visit a restricted range of flowering plants in a spatially and temporally faithful manner, analogous to the trap-lining behaviour of some species of Hymenoptera (see Young and Montgomery, 2020, Proc B, 287: 1938). However, comparative data on foraging behaviour in the wild is limited for the other genera in the wider tribe of Heliconiini, which leaves important holes in our understanding of how these behaviours evolved.

What will you be doing?

In this role you will be focusing on studying foraging behaviour of multiple Heliconiini in a Panamanian community. The aims of the project will be to explore the stability of individual home ranges, and flight paths across species, and to test whether pollen feeding Heliconius show derived flight and inspection behaviours around floral resources.

You should apply if

The role will suit someone with experience conducting field experiments with insects, and in analysing individual movements. Strong levels of independence and organisation are essential, and experience working in tropical habitats would be beneficial. We encourage under-represented groups to apply. Applications from researchers from Latin America who are motivated to study their native biodiversity are particularly welcomed.

Informal expressions of interest can be directed to Stephen Montgomery, .

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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