Paleonet: Internships in Panama - Spring 2013

Austin Hendy austin.hendy at
Tue Oct 2 16:55:01 UTC 2012

Dear colleagues

Please pass this on to your students!!!

Are you interested in traveling to PANAMA and studying the GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY OF THE PANAMA CANAL?

NSF-funded internships are available for the Panama Canal Project (PCP)- PIRE (NSF-funded Partnership for International Research and Education) for United States citizens or permanent residents undergraduate or post-bac students to assist with collecting fossils and other fieldwork in the exposures along the Panama Canal (Panama).

Deadline to apply October 10, 2012

Interns will live in Panama for a minimum of 4 months conducting fieldwork under the supervision of PIRE PIs and Postdoctoral Fellows at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama City. Experience in Geological/Paleontological fieldwork and some level of bi-lingual (English/Spanish) competency is preferred.

This internship provides an excellent opportunity for students who might be considering taking a semester off between their studies to gain valuable research and international experiences.

PCP-PIRE internships include:

	• $1,000 monthly stipend.
	• Dorm style housing in Panama.
	• Relocation to/from Panama.
	• Travel to Panamanian field sites.

To apply, please take a look at our web-poster advertisement
or, contact Claudia Grant: cgrant at

Deadline to apply October 10, 2012

PCP-PIRE is a U.S.-Panamanian partnership to document the ancient marine and terrestrial biodiversity and global climate change of the New World Tropics (NWT) preserved in the 25- million-year fossiliferous sequence in Panama, and promote international education, collaboration, and exchange. Research foci include the magnitude and timing of diversity change in the NWT; the biogeographic origins, relationships, and dispersal history of the Central American fauna and flora; antiquity of the rainforest; effects of global climate change on tropical biodiversity through time; and other fundamental questions related to the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama and its past on biodiversity.

PCP-PIRE is committed to diversity in education and encourages the application of women and underrepresented minorities.

Austin Hendy
Senior Research Scientist
Division of Invertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

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