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Conservation Research Institute


Project 6: Assessing the impacts of Covid-19 on-field centres around the world 
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Luke and Dr Edgar Turner  

The project will offer the intern support and training in survey-based data collection, data analysis, and scientific writing, along with the opportunity to increase their understanding of field-based ecology and conservation research, and issues that it faces. The intern will also be introduced to a very broad international network of scientists and conservationists. They will be a co-/lead-author on resulting publications published in international peer-reviewed journals.  

This project will include input from an international team of scientists from the GTOE and with advice from CCI organisation members. In advance of the internship starts, the supervisory team will design the survey and Sarah Luke will apply for ethical approval for the work through the University of Cambridge Department of Psychology Ethics Committee 

The Role of the Intern

The intern’s role will be to deliver the global survey of field centres, process the findings, and take a key role in writing resulting publications. This will include the following tasks:  

  • Researching field centres and gathering contacts of people who may be suitable to participate in the survey  
  • Constructing an online survey using Qualtrics software 
  • Promoting the survey via email, social media, blogs etc.  
  • Gathering results from the survey and considering their key themes  
  • Helping to develop and write scientific paper outputs as lead or co-author  

Student Profile 

We are looking for a student who is interested in field-based ecology and conservation and has an awareness and appreciation of ideas relating to training, capacity building, and equity within a scientific context. Experience in conducting fieldwork and visiting field centres would be an advantage to help give context for the work but is not essential. Experience in conducting surveys, analysing their results, and writing in the style of a scientific paper would also be an advantage but is not essential. We will provide all the training and support needed to conduct the role.