Ph.D. Assistantship in Forest Entomology, Pathology, and Ecology

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students for a Ph.D. Assistantship starting in Summer/Fall 2018.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal Gandhi (Warnell School of Forestry) and Dr. Kier Klepzig (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center).  The project focuses on bark beetle (Ips avulsus), tree (longleaf pine), and environment interactions (fire, drought, etc.) as they affect the life-cycle of the beetle and its symbionts (fungi and mites).  The ideal candidate would possess both field and laboratory experience related to entomology, mycology and/ or ecology, a strong statistical background, and an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  A MS Degree in a related field, especially in forest entomology, pathology, or ecology is a prerequisite for the position.  As a part of the graduate program, extensive fieldwork in longleaf pine forests in southwestern Georgia will be required.  Continue reading

Two new biologist positions with Invasive Species Management Branch of the Corps of Engineers

The Invasive Species Management Branch of the Corps of Engineers is hiring 2 biologists.

Both positions are in Florida: one is in Clewiston and the other is in Jacksonville.

This position works for the US Army, Corps of Engineers with a duty station in Jacksonville, Florida and a duty station in Clewiston, Florida. This position will be filled at the GS-07 grade level only with this announcement however, it is a developmental position with growth to the GS-09 and then to the GS-11 grade level. The full performance level of this position is GS-11.

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New citrus planting method stops bugs, yields additional benefits

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

A planting design that outwitted a weevil in Texas citrus groves has yielded numerous other benefits for growers and brought better quality oranges and grapefruits to consumers, experts say.

Enter the Diaprepes root weevil in 2000. The insect was found to be chewing up Texas citrus tree roots underground, then busting through the soil and up the tree to feast on leaves. Researchers began looking for a way to disrupt the weevil’s path. Continue reading