PhD Assistantship in Insect Agroecology
PhD research assistantships are available to join a collaborative research project working on aspects of agricultural mitigation/adaptation and climate change in the Inland Pacific Northwest (IPNW). Students will work with mentors and study transformational and incremental approaches to increasing resiliency to climate change in IPNW wheat-based cropping systems. One of these will focus on the effects of alternative systems on the composition and function of insect communities associated with alternative production systems.
The overall goal of this USDA-NIFA-funded Coordinated Agricultural Project is to guide ongoing land use change in the IPNW towards sustainable, resilient agricultural landscapes and food systems. The interdisciplinary team of faculty organized to achieve this goal represent the fields of agronomy, soil science, entomology, hydrology, economics, engineering and weed science. The project includes three land grant institutions (University of Idaho, Washington State University and Oregon State University) and USDA-ARS. Participating students, therefore, will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with diverse faculty and students as part of their PhD experience.
Within this project, the PhD Assistantship in Entomology is available for a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of insect pests and plant virus vectors affecting current and alternative cereal-based production systems suitable for current and projected environmental gradients in the Pacific Northwest. Research will focus on the insect communities associated with business-as-usual and alternative production systems throughout their multi-year rotations and the implications for ecological processes that, depending upon student interest, can include biological control of pests and weeds and the transmission of viruses affecting the leguminous rotational crops in these systems. The position is available immediatey and could be filled for the spring semester or beginning of summer 2018. For more information contact Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode (firstname.lastname@example.org).