19 May 2010

New monitor lizards (Varanus spp.) from Philippines

In spite of their large sizes, new species of monitor lizards (genus Varanus) are still being discovered, which speaks of our poor understanding of biodivertity on Earth. 
Two new species (V. rasmusseni and V. palawenensis) and a new subspecies (V. c. cumingi) of monitor lizards were recently described from the Philippines in an article published in Zootaxa

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11 May 2010


The Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, seeks to fill the position of a researcher in the Department of Vertebrates (successor of Prof. Wolfgan Böhme). The position is expected to be available by December 2010. Potential candidates will hold a PhD in zoology or related areas, have their research focus on systematics of reptiles, turtles, and/or amphibians, and present a substantial publication record in taxonomic, phylogenetic and other biosystematic research. The candidate is expected to work in these fields from a sound theoretical basis and be able to apply an array of appropriate modern methods. He/she should be able to combine collection-based work with modern phylogenetic and/or ecological approaches. The candidate is also expected to
integrate into ongoing research projects at the ZFMK and teaching programmes in the University of Bonn and to be successful in raising external funds.

The successful candidate will be active in research projects and will be responsible as a curator for caring, managing and further increasing and developing the substantial, internationally important amphibian, turtle, and reptile collections in the ZFMK. He/she will also be involved in the self-administration of the institute and may eventually serve as the head of the vertebrate department. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate
commitment to community engagement in his/her field of research.

The successful candidate will be employed for an initial period of five years, after which he/she will obtain tenure depending on his/her performance. According to German law, applications by women and by disabled scientists will be given priority in case of superior or equal qualifications. Depending on occupational qualifications and experience, salary corresponds to grade TV-L/13 - 15 in the German Public Service scheme.

The ZFMK is a fellow institute of the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL Science Community) and works in close cooperation with the University of Bonn. It comprises internationally important scientific collections, libraries, electron microscopy, and bioacoustic, histological and molecular laboratories.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, complete publication record, a statement of teaching experience and research funding, certificates of university degrees, and selected publications in hard copies to the following address:

Prof. Dr. J. W. Wägele
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig
Adenauerallee 160
D-53113 Bonn, Germany

by 31 August 2010.

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08 May 2010

Monitoring and inventory techniques for amphibians of the tropical Andean region

A classic manual, in Spanish, is available online at the following link:

Major contents:
(1) The global status of amphibians.
(2) Towards a new regional strategy of research and conservation for amphibians in tropical Andean countries.
(3) Experimental design and statistical analyses.
(4) Biosecurity protocol and quarantine to prevent diseases transmission in amphibians.
(5) Fundamentals of bioacoustics and practical aspects or frog call recording and analysis.
(6) Techniques for the inventory and sampling of amphibians: a compilation.
(7) Preparation and preservation of scientific material.
(8) Amphibian monitoring.
(9) Bibliography.
(10) Resources/Sources of information on the Internet.

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