Study Highlights Diversity of Arthropods Found in Homes Across the United States

by Matt Shipman, NC State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder used DNA testing and citizen science to create an “atlas” that shows the range and diversity of arthropods found in homes across the continental United States.

Previous research found a significant diversity of arthropods in homes in one part of North Carolina – we wanted to use advanced DNA sequencing-based approaches to get a snapshot of arthropod diversity in homes across the country,” says Anne Madden, a postdoctoral researcher at NC State and lead author of a paper on the new work. “This work is a significant step toward understanding the ecology of our own homes, with the goal of improving our understanding of how those organisms in our homes may affect our health and quality of life.” Continue reading

Assistant professor position open at NC State University focusing on wood-destroying insects

The Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 70% research and 30% academic appointment. The position carries responsibilities for research relating to the biology and management of major wood-destroying arthropod pests of structures, mainly termites, but also including wood-infesting ants or beetles. Continue reading

Assistant Professor of Entomology: Arthropod Vectors of Vertebrate Diseases – Penn State University

STARTING DATE:  January 1, 2017 or as negotiated

LOCATION: Department of Entomology
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

As part of Penn State’s continuing dedication to develop excellence in the area of infectious disease dynamics, we seek to strengthen the Department of Entomology with a scientist whose program is focused on arthropods and vertebrate diseases. Continue reading