Research assistantship working with saproxylic insects in southeastern U.S. forests

Position description and background:

The Entomology Department at the University of Georgia is looking for a PhD student (research assistantship) to work on projects addressing the diversity, ecology and conservation of saproxylic insects (those that depend on dying or dead wood) in the southeastern United States. Saproxylic insects account for at least one fifth of forest insect biodiversity, provide many important ecosystem services, and are sensitive to activities that reduce the abundance and variety of dead wood in forests. This position represents an opportunity to address some major knowledge gaps concerning this group in North America. Focal areas for this research include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Relative importance of old-growth vs. second-growth forests
  • Conservation status and population genetics of target species
  • Utilization of non-native wood species

Qualifications:

  • A record of productivity in research, preferably including an M.S. degree
  • Comfort working outdoors
  • Passion for biodiversity and conservation

Start date:

Preferably Spring 2019

To apply:

If interested, please send your CV including your GPA, GRE scores, a description of your research experience and contact information for 3 references to Joe McHugh (mchugh.jv@gmail.com). Also please indicate when you would be available to start, if selected.

 

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