Professors Judith Miller (Mathematics and Statistics) and Leslie Ries (Biology) are looking for a motivated and independent student to assist in a research project. Candidates with any experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are strongly encouraged to apply, even if they have no background in biology. This project is a joint effort between the math and biology departments, with most technical work taking place in biology.
The successful candidate will assist in a project testing fundamental evolutionary theory about how novel traits spread throughout a species’ range. Initial work is focused on gathering data to choose an appropriate study species, so over the 2018-2019 school year, we will be compiling profiles (including physiological and distribution information) of species within the butterfly family Pieridae, which includes 58 species in North America. Duties will include building maps from expert range maps and supplementing with historical occurrence records within a Geographic Information System, as well as pulling data out of papers on the same species’ physiological responses to temperature.
This is a paid position with flexible work hours (5-10 hours per week). Starting salary dependent on experience. Please send a letter of interest, transcripts and names of two professors (or supervisors) who can provide references, to both Judith.Miller@georgetown.edu and Leslie.Ries@georgetown.edu.