Field Assistants:

A great Experience for Students!

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Detailed information for field assistants is available here

Costs
Unfortunately no funding is available for field assistants, who have to cover all costs by themselves. Students have to arrange their own transport to the field site (for details how to do this see below). A monthly fee of approx R 1500 for field assistants (approx 100 Euro) must be paid to the research station for accommodation. Students must buy their food etc for themselves (approx. R 3000 or 200 Euro per month). You might have extra costs, such as going to the restaurant / take away on town days, beer or wine, shopping for clothes etc., postage and telephone calls home. These can easily be another 100 Euro / month. Including accommodation and groceries costs of approx. 300-400 Euro / month should be expected.

Duration and period

Volunteers have to stay a minimum of 2 months, though longer periods are preferred. Due to the visa laws of South Africa, visas for more than 3 months can only be obtained as a research visa, for which you need a letter from your university (details here). We are looking for volunteers during all periods of the year.

Work of field assistants

  • Trapping and marking of small mammals.

  • Radio-tracking: Mice will be equipped with radio tags and tracked in the field to determine home ranges and nest sites.

  • Direct observations: The open habitat in the Succulent Karoo enables direct behavioral observations in the field. Social interactions, home range use and feeding habits will be recorded.

  • Experiments and observations with captive specimen under natural weather conditions.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of the research station.

What kind of people are needed as field assistants:
Biology/zoology/veterinary students are preferred as candidates. Applicants must have an interest to working in the field and with animals. Whereas the research is mainly non-invasive, this is no job for extreme animal right persons. We take tissue samples (tail tip), sometimes blood samples, and mice from the captive colony often have to be euthanized for colony management reasons. Applicants must be able to manage extreme temperatures (below zero at night, sometimes over 40 degrees Celsius during days). Hard working conditions will await applicants, as the study species get up with sunrise (between 5 and 6 o` clock), and stop their activity with dawn. Work during nights might also be necessary. Work in the field will be done for 5-6 days a week. Applicants must both be prepared to live for long periods in the loneliness of the field and to be part of a small social group at the research station.
Applicants are expected to read through the relevant literature regarding the study species/ study area before they start to volunteer. Experience in animal behavioral is of advantage.

How to become a field assistant
People interested in working as a field assistant for 2-12 months apply via email. Please write a short (1 page) motivation, state for which period you would be available, and attach a CV. Send your email to: succulent.karoo.research.station@kabelbw.de.

Detailed information for field assistants is available here

Literature for field assistants

Further papers are available here.

 

List of the 88 previous field assistants

 

Cristina Juan Schmidt-Brücken

February to May 2015, Biology graduate from Exeter, U.K.

 

Jonathan Gilbert

January to April 2015, Biology graduate from Exeter, U.K.

 

Melanie Vernoux

November 2015 to February 2016, Biology graduate from Poitiers, France.

 

Maria de Vicente Fermandez de Gatta

January to August 2015, Biology student from La Trobe University in Australia, but originally from Spain.

 

Pratik Gupte

January to July 2015, Biology graduate, Mumbai, India.

 

Ingrid de Mattos

August to October 2014, Biology graduate, Brasil.

 

Andrea Gorrino

January and February 2014, Biology graduate, Torino Univeristy, Italy.

 

Alfred Zuberbühler

November and December 2013, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Ryan Jenks

September to December 2013, biology student, Williams Collage, USA.

 

Aline Simoes

September to November 2013, biology graduate from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Amy Donnison

August to December 2013, biology student, London, U.K.

 

Norma Gonzales

January to May 2013, biology student, Madrid, Spain.

Javier Abalos

January to May 2013, biology student, Madrid, Spain.

Anne Linow

November to December 2012, MSc in biology, Germany.

Emily Wilson

September to November 2012, biology student, Sheffield, UK.

Sarah Benjaram

July to August 2012, biology student, UC Davis, California, USA.

Courtney Jecusco

August to October 2012, biology student, Gainsville, Florida, USA.

Lind Lüthi

July to August 2012, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Timo Rey

June to September 2012, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Remco Willigenburg

March to September 2012, biology student, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Melissa Schollen

March to September 2012, biology student, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Maeve Forster

August to December 2011, biology student, Quebeck, Canada.

Meredith Palmer

August to November 2011, biology student, Ohio, USA.

Nina Thürlimann

July to August 2011, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzwerland.

  

Kim Ferrari

July to August 2011, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzwerland.

Alicia Colin-Jarrige

April – Juli 2011, MsC in biology, France.

Joy Folly

April-June 2011, MsC in biology, France.

Lisa Schleicher

January to June 2011, biology student, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Daphne Anastassiadi

March to June 2011, MsC in biology, Greece.

Thomas Schmid

April-May 2011,biology student, University of Zurich, Switzwerland.

Helen Bellfield

January to April 2011, biology student, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Dany Krönert

September  2010.  biology student, University of Berlin, Germany.

Nicola Sewell

July 2010 to January 2011. biology student, Queens Unicversity Belfast, Nordirland.

Eloisa Manuel Guerreiro Martins

August to September 2010, biology student, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Kalya (Luz Calia) Miramontes Sequeiros

July to September 2010. Vigo, Spain.

John Pokallus

February to Juni 2010, biology student, University of Wyoming, USA.

Sylvia Schulz van Endert

February to May 2010, biology student, Berlin Germany / Charlottesville US.

Patricia Biedermann

January to April 2010, biology student, University of Bern, Switzwerland.

Samuel Lewis

September 2009 to June 2010. Biology student of the University of Manchester, U.K.

Rachel Hughes

September 2009 to June 2010. Biology student of the University of Manchester, U.K.

Erwan Cherel

June to December 2009. Biology student from France.

Claudia Menzel

October to Deczember 2009. Biology student of the University of Halle, Germany.

Stribling Stuber

September to December 2009. Biology student from the USA.

Nino Maag

September to November 2009. Biology student from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Moritz Rövekamp

July to August 2009. Biology student from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Stephanie Nakada

April to August 2009. Biology sudent from Canada.

William Brown

January to March 2009. Biology student from the U.K.

Ian Paynter

January to June 2009. Biology student from the U.K.

Lauriane Giroudot

January to March 2009. Biology student from France.

Laureen Keller

January to March 2009. Biology student from France.

Eve Davidian

December 2008 to February 2009. Biology student from France.

Viviana Reijak

August - September 2008. Biology student from the University of Munster, Germany.

Alessandra Schnider

July - August 2008. Biology student from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Romy Höppli

July - August 2008. Biology student from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Keenan Morisson

June - October 2008. Biology student from the University of Washington, USA.

Elena Zwirner

January - May 2008. Biology student from the University of Triest, Italy.

Claudia Sobe

January - March 2008. Biology student from the University of Berlin, Germany.

Edward Yuen

September 2006 - Juned 2007 and October 2007 - March 2008. Biology graduate from Manchester, U.K.


Dana Weldon

August - December 2007. Studied biology in Glasgow, U.K.

Missanga van de Sand

October - December 2007. Studied biology in Konstanz, Germany.

David Lehmann

August - September 2007. Studied biology in Trieste, France.

Jane Remfert

February - May 2007. Studied biology in Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Maia Olsen

February - May 2007. Studied biology in Kopenhagen, Denmark.

Mirjam Baruetto

November 2006 - January 2007. Studied biology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Ramona Pötzinger

November 2006 - January 2007. Germany.

Tobias Feldt

August - Octoberl 2006. Studied landscape ecology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Eva Jirka

March - April 2006. Studied biology at the University of Munster, Germany.

Stella Treffler

September 2005 to March 2006. Studied biology at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Julian Brenner

September 2005 to March 2006. Studied biology at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Berrit Kostka

January - March 2005. Studied biology at the University of Munster, Germany.

Lars Müller
December 2004 – January 2005. Studied conservation of the countryside at the advanced technical college of Dresden, Germany.

Daniel Weidner
December 2004 – January 2005. Studied conservation of the countryside at the advanced technical college of Dresden, Germany.

Brigitte Britz
January 2003, September 2003, May-December 2004.

Annette Wiedon
October – December 2004. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany.

Eva Krause
October – December 2004. Studied biology at the University of Nürnberg/Erlangen, Germany.

Madeleine Scriba
August – October 2004. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany.

Philipp Widmann
Juni – September 2004. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany.

Tanja Mahnkopf
August 2003 – January 2004. Studied biology at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Daniela Fischer
August – October 2003. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany.

Carola Schneider
October – December 2003. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany. She returned to Goegap in 2004 as a diploma student.

Doris Matthes
August – October 2003. Studied biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany

Christina Keller
August – October 2003. Studied biology at the University of Münster, Germany. She returned to Goegap in 2004 as a diploma student.

Michaele Fürst
July– September 2003. Studied biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Melanie Schubert
September 2002 – January 2003. Studied biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. She returned to Goegap in 2004 as a diploma student.

Ruben Gutzat
December 2001 – January 2002. Studied biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Johan Mathee
2001. Studied nature conservation in George, South Africa and spent 2001 a practical year in Goegap.

Michael Burmeister
2001. Studied nature conservation in George, South Africa and spent 2001 a practical year in Goegap.


Field work in Februarz 2016.

 

Braii in Februarz 2014.

 

Field work by Dafni, Thomas and Joy, May 2011.

Dafni, John, Lisa, Thomas, Helen and in front Yogiu with Ed in March 2011.

September 2010: Julien, Nicola, Davina with boyfriend,Dany, Kalya, Brigitte and Ed, In front Apollo and Carsten

Rachel Hughes (and of course Apollo) 2009.

 

Sam Lewis (of course with Apollo) 2009.

Brigitte Schradin with the field assistant Keenan Morrison and the two diploma students Sarah Weick and Nils Solmsen in October 2008.

August 2008, from left to right: Romy Höppli, Ivana Schoepf, Keenan Morrison, and Alessandra Schnider.

Johan Mathee and Michael Burmeister, 2001.
Berit Koska, Febuary-March 005, University Munster, Germany

Doris Mathees, Christina Keller and Michaela Fürst. Winter 2003.

Daniele Fischer, 2004.

Daniela Fischer, Brigitte Britz, Tanja Mahnkopf and Carola Schneider. Summer 2003.