Utah State University – Biology seeks a highly qualified and motivated
individual wishing to pursue an MS or PhD degree beginning fall 2017. The
successful applicant will evaluate how agricultural and urban landscape
structure affects beneficial insects (pollinators and predators) and their
interactions with abiotic (e.g., drought) and biotic (e.g., entomopathogens)
factors. As a component of this project, the student will also be heavily
involved with developing interactive identification and diagnostic tools
that include fact sheets for current and potentially invasive bees in the
U.S. The project is a collaborative effort with the USDA-ARS Pollinating
Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research Unit in Logan, UT.
Required qualifications include a background in ecology, entomology, plant
sciences, agriculture, or related field, experience with field research,
exposure to statistics, and an ability to work in a collaborative
environment. The graduate research assistantship includes an annual stipend,
tuition waiver, and student health insurance.
Contact Drs. Lori Spears (lori.spe...@usu.edu), Ricardo Ramirez
(ricardo.rami...@usu.edu; ramirezlab.weebly.com), and Terry Griswold
(terry.grisw...@ars.usda.gov) with your interest. Please provide a CV/resume
(include GPA and GRE scores), a statement of purpose, and contact
information for three references in your email. Review of applications will
begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.