Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Summer research positions in ecology

Last Fall Dr. Mary Gardiner spoke here at AU on her research into the decline of native lady beetles and its effect on our local ecosystems.  Dr. Gardiner is continuing that work this summer. along with a number of other projects, and is looking for undergraduate students to work in her lab for the summer of 2011.

The research will be centered in Wooster, Ohio at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and pay starts at $8 per hour.  Details on the position and how to apply are below:

Agricultural  Landscape  Ecology  Laboratory  Seeks  Undergraduate  Research  Assistants   Starting  pay:  $  8/hr     
Full  time  undergraduate  research  positions  are  available  in  the  Agricultural  Landscape  Ecology   Laboratory  at  The  Ohio  State  University  –  OARDC  for  Summer,  2011.  The  successful   candidates  will  rear  insects  in  the  laboratory,  conduct  field  research,  assist  graduate  students  and   participate  in  outreach  activities.          

Current  Projects  Include:      1.    Evaluating  the  decline  of  native  lady  beetles   2.    Determining   if  floral  resource  strips  enhance  biocontrol  and  pollination  of  pumpkin  crops   3.    Measuring  the  toxin  concentration  of  bees  across  an  urban  to  rural  landscape  gradient   4.    Examining  the  negative  impacts  of  the  invasive  weed,  common  buckthorn   5.    Studying  spider  community  changes  in  response  to  urban  vacant  land  restoration  and  redesign     6.    Measuring  bee  communities  and  pollination  services  in  urban  community  gardens  and  farms      

Candidates  must  be  willing  to  work  long  days  in  all  types  of  weather  conditions  and  travel  daily   to  field  sites  around  the  state  (valid  driver’s  license  required,  vehicle  provided).  Interested   candidates  should  send  a  resume,  1  paragraph  statement  detailing   your   research  interests  and   research  experience  to-­date,  and  the  contact  information  for  two  professional  referees  to  Dr.   Mary  Gardiner  (gardiner.29@osu.edu).     

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