MITACS-funded M.Sc. research opportunity: Forage crop insect pest and predator management biodiversity

The student chosen for this agroecology biodiversity project, which must begin 1 May 2022, will develop a catalog of regional forage crop pests and their predator and parasitoid arthropod natural enemies. They will use that catalog in replicated, controlled experiments to determine how to improve agricultural practices and land and vegetation management to encourage healthy natural enemy communities.

Applications for graduate admission are due to UNBC by 15 December 2021, and you need to talk to Dr. Dezene Huber (huber@unbc.ca) and Dr. Jasmine Janes (jasmine.janes@viu.ca) before you apply. So please contact us soon!

For more information on this position, please click here.

Highlights:

  • $20k/year stipend guaranteed for two years.
  • Undergrad summer research assistant for each of two summers.
  • Networking with our NGO partner, growers, and others.
  • Extra research funds and travel subsidy each year.
  • A really neat project.

A pdf of this advertisement can be found here.


Graduate Student Opportunities in Entomology Evenden Lab

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

Principal Investigator: Dr. Maya Evenden https://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/evenden/

Highly qualified students are invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta (https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences) in the lab of Dr. Maya Evenden

We seek graduate students with an interest in ecology and a passion for entomology. People who identify with groups underrepresented in STEM fields are encouraged to apply.

Title: Mountain pine beetle eastern spread risk: Beetle physiology and behaviour as drivers of spread.

Project: This project is part of a large multi-institutional, multi-investigator, interdisciplinary study with the main goal to fill key knowledge gaps of the mountain pine beetle system that limits our ability to monitor, assess, and predict mountain pine beetle (MPB) risk to Canada’s forests.

Project 1: The effects of overwintering conditions on MPB adult flight and host colonization traits.

     Objectives:

  1. Examine the effect of overwintering conditions on adult MPB dispersal capacity and energy usage.
  2. Examine the effect of overwintering conditions on adult MPB host colonization and fitness.

Project 2: Interactions between flight and semiochemical response and production in MPB.

     Objectives:

  1. Determine the effect of natal and colonized host phloem chemistry on beetle pheromone production.
  2. Determine the effect of flight and energy usage on MPB response to host selection cues using electrophysiology.

Students will be part of a large and diverse interdisciplinary team with ample opportunity for networking and skill development.  Students will have the opportunity to conduct both lab and field work, and will gain experience in a variety of experimental techniques (chemical ecology field experiments, flight mill bioassays, respirometry, electrophysiology, biochemical analyses). 

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree relevant to biology. Research experience in entomology with field work and experience in quantitative analyses would be an asset.  Applicants should have a strong academic background and possess excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

The position provides full funding for MSc (2.3 years) and PhD (5 years) to qualified applicants.

Application process:

Applicants must first send a cover letter outlining their relevant background and research interests, their CV, and the names of 2-3 potential references to mevenden@ualberta.ca. Interviews and formal invitations to apply to the graduate program in Biological Sciences may then follow for those who meet the criteria.  Program start date will be January or May 2022.

For graduate program information see: https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/graduate-studies.

A downloadable copy of the ad can be found here


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