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Master project with fieldwork in Chile

Rate of Embryonic Development on a Latitudinal Gradient

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Highly motivated ecology master student. Hard worker with a positive attitude: be prepared for some long days in the field. Own funding required (Marco Polo, GUF, etc.)

Starting date

Sep – Dec 2017 Stay in Chile (literature study, writing introduction and fieldwork)

Jan – Feb 2018 Stay in Groningen (data analysis, writing paper)


Spanish skills are an advantage but not strictly necessary


To what extent and how organisms adapt to extreme environments has become an urgent biological question. One effective parental response to extreme climatic differences (i.e. breeding season length mediated by temperature and food availability) is altering offspring developmental time through parental effects. You will test how parents adjust their incubation behaviour in response to environmental variation in thorn-tailed rayaditos, Aphrastura spinicauda. This songbird breeds along a wide latitudinal gradient with extreme climatic variation (long to short food peaks, extreme warm to extreme cold environments) and the fieldwork of this project will be done in three population.

Contact information

Martje Birker

More information

Daily supervision: Martje Birker (PhD)

Main supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jan Komdeur

Prof. Dr. Ton Groothuis

Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Vásquez

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