You’ll rise bright and early to head into the field, where you’ll be guided by staff at every step on the Alpine as you work:
• Baiting traps: Hike to find spots to set-up and check marmot traps, helping record biometric measurements of marmots, while collecting and and labeling biological samples.
• Observing marmots: Record the number, age, and sex of marmots. You’ll search for marmot pups and record their emergence date and litter size; and you’ll film their behavior.
• Monitoring vegetation: Record the abundance and distribution of native plant species, examining leaf emergence, and whether plants are flowering or fruiting in relation to climatic conditions.
• Lab work & data entry: Process, organize, store, and index biological samples and enter data into the database back at the Chalet.
• Community outreach: Communicate research activities to tourists, and support the project’s partnerships with the schools in the Tarentaise Valley.
Lunch will be at the chalet or in the mountains. In the evenings, you’ll have time to relax, and even help prepare dinner. The team leader will brief on the next day’s objectives and assign tasks. Throughout the expedition, you’ll hear informal lectures on the impact of climate change on wildlife.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.