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  • Serra Perry

Swift Fund Internship Opportunity - Putah Creek Nest Box Network

We are seeking applications for technicians to assist in a molecular diet study of nesting songbirds in the Putah Creek Nestbox network. Students will be trained in and assist with off campus sample collection and on-campus genetics laboratory work, including DNA extraction and preparing samples for high-throughput genetic sequencing and subsequent analysis. Students will learn to execute a range of complex assignments relevant to field and laboratory research and will participate in project implementation, evaluation, and troubleshooting. We will provide training – this is an appropriate first lab/field work experience. The opportunity to develop authorship and honors thesis will also be available. 

Eligibility: UC Davis WFCB Majors ONLY

If interested, contact Melanie Truan ( and Mary Badger ( to collaboratively develop a Swift application. Please include in the email (1) a short cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, whether you’re interested in part a) or b) or both and any relevant experience and (2) your CV or resume.  

More information about the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway: 


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