At this time, we prefer volunteers from the undergraduate program here at FIU. All volunteers must submit a small paragraph on which project you want to work on in our lab and why, as well as why you think that you would be a good fit for our lab. Send all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
All volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of 10 hours a week and attend our lab meetings on Friday afternoons. However, please remember that you only get as much out of the lab as you put in. Successful research students usually do much more than the minimum required work and are invited to continue in our lab on independent research projects.
Color Polymorphism History: This project is largely computer-based. The student will go through published literature and available museum information to determine which fish species have melanin-based color polymorphisms similar to that of eastern mosquitofish. The student will be expected to find additional information, such as environmental and genetic controls, frequency of melanism, co-varying traits, et cetera. At the end of the project, the student will work with Tanja to determine whether this polymorphism is restricted by geography, phylogeny, and/or environment in fish. Project will start at any time after acceptance of the volunteer, but must be completed within 1 year.