Graduate Student Assistantship - Diversity and ecology of saproxylic insects in southeastern U.S. forests
The Entomology Department at the University of Georgia is looking for a Ph.D. student 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:
- Relative importance of old-growth vs. second-growth forests
- Conservation status and population genetics of target species
- Utilization of non-native wood species
- A record of productivity in research
- Comfort working outdoors, often in remote locations
- Ability and willingness to spend long hours in the lab processing and identifying specimens
- Passion for biodiversity and conservation
- M.S. degree
A competitive stipend with a tuition waiver will be provided to the successful applicant.
Start date: Spring or Fall semester, 2018
Deadline: Applications will be evaluated until an ideal candidate is identified.
If interested, please send your CV including your GPA, GRE scores, a description of your research experience, and contact information for 3 references to Joe McHugh (email@example.com). Also please indicate when you would be available to start, if selected.