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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: Continue reading

PhD student or a Postdoc position: Invasive wood borers

Join the Forest Entomology team (http://www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org/) at the University of Florida on our quest to discover which of the thousands of wood borer species in exotic jungles have the potential to be the next big invader into American forests. We are looking for passion in areas ranging from molecular ecology to integrative taxonomy to biosecurity regulation, someone who can master the flow of material from a foreign jungle to a DNA sequencer, someone who will love analyzing their data, writing their manuscripts, and strategically posting on social media. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic potential postdoctoral researchers starting in Spring/Summer 2017.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi and Dr. James Martin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).  This project focuses on the interactions between forest insect pollinators and various management practices in North America.  The ideal candidate would possess a strong background in entomology, ecology, and statistics with an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  Experience with meta-analyses is preferred.  A Ph.D. in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position.   Continue reading

Webinar: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S.

Mar 29, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program

Title: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S. Continue reading

Entomologist position with US Forest Service

This is a notice about an entomologist position with the US Forest Service, State and Private Forestry located at the St. Paul Field Office.  The position will be advertised soon on USAJOBS.  The vacancy announcement will be a Pathways Recent Graduate (to be eligible for this position, candidates must have graduated within the last 2 years).  The following link provides more information on the Pathways Recent Graduate Program (especially see the bullet titled “recent graduate program”).

https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads Continue reading

PhD assistantship: Applied systematics of bark beetles

The Forest Entomology team at the University of Florida (www.sfrc.ufl.edu/emergingthreats and www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) is looking for a PhD student to work on projects integrating modern beetle systematics with real-world applications. Examples of “applied systematics” projects that the student can choose from include:

  • Assessment of invasion potential of Cuban wood borers (includes work in Cuba)
  • Revision of American ambrosia beetles to incorporate recent invasive species
  • Genetic species limits in morphologically cryptic beetles
  • Analysis of bias in federal and state bark beetle monitoring programs: what are we not catching?
  • Identification of wood borers killing cacao in Belize
  • Various extension and outreach projects.

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Postdoc in Symbiont diversity, and Collection & Database Curator

The Forest Entomology and Symbiology team at the University of Florida (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) is looking for two new colleagues:

1 – Postdoc in symbiont diversity. We are looking for one- or two-year postdoc to work on a new NSF-funded project on a global characterization of symbioses between wood boring beetles, fungi, and bacteria using metabarcoding, metagenomic and culturing approaches. Please submit your CV with emphasis on 1) publications (that is the most important criterion), 2) evidence of being an independent problem-solver and finisher, and 3) evidence that you really like data-driven, quantitative, molecular research on organismal diversity. Experience with fungi or other small organisms is a bonus.

2 – Collection and database curator: We are also looking for a one- or two-year research assistant to manage and improve our large cryo-collection of beetle and fungus samples. Please submit your CV with emphasis on 1) experience with serious data management, ideally using MS Access, 2) passion for biological collection curation, and 3) evidence of being an independent problem-solver and finisher. Continue reading