1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. Bioversity International has a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. Biversity International delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.Their organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns, as part of a project team, will be assigned a research project and learn more about issues concerning international agricultural research for development, particularly sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. IIP interns placed at Bioversity in Colombia will work on one or more of the following projects:
Measurement and evaluation of survival and growth rates trees in progeny trials - In the first half of 2015 Bioversity established a progeny trial of five tree species at five sites across a latitudinal gradient of tropical dry forest, to evaluate the performance of different seed sources under different climate conditions, which is an important consideration for tree planting activities such as restoration under climate change. To date two measurements have been made of the survival and growth performance of the trees in this trial. IIP intern responsibilities include the realization of an additional measurement and the analysis of all collected data.
Testing the effectiveness of different restoration interventions to accomplish the recovery of tropical dry forest in the Cauca River valley, Antioquia, Colombia - To test the most appropriate approaches for the restoration of Colombian tropical dry forest in the compensation area of Colombia’s biggest hydroelectric power plant of Ituango, Bioversity is establishing in collaboration with the National Von Humboldt institute the below experimental design over 26 hectares. The role of the IIP intern will be to carry out measurements of the structural functional and floristic diversity in different plots to assess the response of vegetation recovery to different restoration interventions across a degradation gradient.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in Ecology, Biology, Forestry, Agroforestry, Agriculture, Ethnobiology are encouraged to apply. Skills in writing, communication and analysis would be an asset. Technical skills in database management and analysis, quality control and experimental design would be an asset. Spanish is strongly recommended.