Entomology Graduate Assistantship – Changes in aquatic ecosystem structure and function from broadcast aerial applications of SPLAT GM-Organic

Entomology Graduate Assistantship – Changes in aquatic ecosystem structure and function from broadcast aerial applications of SPLAT GM-Organic

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITY
Position: Entomology Graduate Assistantship – Changes in aquatic ecosystem structure and function from broadcast aerial applications of SPLAT GM-Organic
Entity: Virginia Tech, Department of Entomology
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Salary: Starting graduate student stipend for both MSc and PhD students in Entomology is currently ~$32,000 USD per year (does not cover student fees)
Deadline: July 15, 2024

Description:

“Dr. Sally Entrekin at Virginia Tech is seeking applications for a paid graduate student position as part of a collaborative project on the environmental safety of aerial mating disruption treatments against spongy moth, an invasive forest pest in the eastern US. The student’s degree program will be through the Entrekin Lab in Virginia Tech’s Entomology Department. The student will need to be available to start their degree program in August 2024 or January 2025.

About the research project:
The project, funded through the US Forest Service as part of the National Slow the Spread of the spongy moth research program (STS), aims to ensure the environmental safety of aerial mating disruption treatments against spongy moth. The project will assess the short- and long-term impacts of aerial pheromone treatments on aquatic ecosystems with an experimental treatment that supports a before-after-control-impact design in 6 streams. Insect communities and stream functions will be assessed before, right after, and a year following pheromone applications.

Requirements:
– Prime candidates will have demonstrated the successful completion of a BS degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or a related field.
– The student funded on this project will need to be available to start their degree program in August 2024 or January 2025.

How to Apply:
Interested students should contact Dr. Sally Entrekin at sallye@vt.edu with a CV and a letter explaining their experience and goals.

For more information: http://sentrekin.com/ “