Available Positions

Graduate Research Assistantship: Insect ecology in urban lawns

A PhD Graduate Assistantship is available at the University of Florida, Entomology & Nematology Department in Gainesville, FL. This graduate assistantship will focus on investigating the effects of inter- and intraspecific plant diversity on pest and beneficial insects in urban landscapes.

Urbanization is the most rapid form of land use change in Florida, the U.S., and world. The vegetation of urban landscapes is composed of turfgrass and ornamental plants, which provide valuable services that benefit people and the environment. However, these plant communities often lack diversity, which may predispose them to arthropod pest outbreaks and reliance on chemical management.

I am seeking a highly motivated, creative, and independent individual to pursue a doctoral graduate research project investigating the effects of manipulating plant diversity in urban landscapes with the goal of reducing pests and promoting plant health. This project will build on previous and ongoing research and has the potential to move forward in multiple directions. Research will involve aspects of biological control, conservation, horticulture, and insect ecology.

Start date: Fall 2018

Requirement: Master’s degree in a related field

Preferred background:

  • Insect ecology
  • Urban ecology
  • Horticulture
  • Statistics

Applicants should send a single PDF file containing 1) a cover letter describing research experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Adam Dale at agdale@ufl.edu.

For information about the University of Florida, Entomology & Nematology Department, visit http://entnemdept.ufl.edu.