Two PhD student positions in Manhattan, Kansas

The United States Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) are looking for two PhD students to help run and grow the Invasive Mosquito Project (www.citizenscience.us). The Invasive Mosquito Project (IMP) is a partnered citizen science project that pairs schools with local professionals to teach about scientific research and recruit the next generation of STEM students while conducting mosquito surveillance and public health education. The project is summarized well by this ABC national news report (http://www.wcvb.com/politics/usda-launches-nationwide-project-to-track-invasive-mosquitoes/39871684). Continue reading

Graduate student opportunity in forestry available

Three years of funding is available for a PhD student to study forest responses and vulnerability to climate change and natural disturbances (wildfires and bark beetles) as part of an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project in the Pacific Northwest.  The overarching goal of this integrated ecological and socioeconomic project is to support policy and other decision-making processes at the local, regional, and national scales to reduce the risk of wildfire becoming a disaster and increase community and ecological adaptive capacities.  Specific objectives include incorporating a model of bark beetle outbreaks into ecohydrology models, determining responses to climate change and management actions, assessing interactions with wildfires, and quantifying impacts to water, carbon, and other ecosystem processes and services.  Desirable qualifications include quantitative skills, familiarity with ecosystem modeling and computer programming, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a research-based MS thesis.  Students have the opportunity to receive a degree in either Geography (www.uidaho.edu/geography) or Environmental Science (www.uidaho.edu/envs).  Outstanding applicants for an MS degree will be considered.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA, GRE scores, and a statement of interest (all materials) to Dr. Jeffrey Hicke (jhicke@uidaho.edu).  Inquiries via email or phone (208-885-6240) are welcome.

Graduate students receive grants to study sustainable ways to manage pests and support beneficials

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Southern SARE) Administrative Council recently funded 13 projects totaling $128,290. The Graduate Student Grants program is one of the few sustainable agriculture research funding opportunities open to Master’s and PhD students enrolled at accredited institutions throughout the Southern region. Continue reading