Crown Research Institute Scion is committed to enhancing the environmental and economic transformation of New Zealand, working toward a more sustainable, bio-based future. With more than 60 years of heritage in forestry science, Scion today demonstrates national leadership, world-class innovation and excellence in research and development.
We are seeking a Herbarium Curator to manage the herbarium collections and databases, oversee curation of herbarium specimens to the best international standards, and conduct related research. This position is based in our Rotorua office.
Our ideal candidate will have a PhD or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy or closely related subject. A demonstrated knowledge of herbarium curation and management combined with a high level of computer skills is essential. Experience in taxonomy of forestry tree species or New Zealand native flora would be an advantage.
Scion is proud to offer talented and motivated individuals the unique opportunity to pursue a fulfilling professional career. With its head office based on the edge of Rotorua's world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest, Scion also offers an enviable working environment with excellent work/life balance initiatives. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations owing to its outstanding natural environment and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas and volcanic ski-fields.
Closing date: 30 November 2010
Applications can be lodged through our website www.scionresearch.com<http://www.scionresearch.com> where you will find a position description and online application form (please do not email applications to this address, these should be submitted through our website).
For further information please contact Human Resources Ph: +64 (07) 343 5874
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We are looking for outstanding students to fill 3 MSc positions. All 3
students would work on an NSERC funded project focusing on how
mycorrhizal fungi facilitate pine regeneration following mountain pine
beetle attack. We are exploring whether needle deposition and overstory
tree mortality alters ectomycorrhizal abundance, community composition
and networks, and in turn whether these affect seedling regeneration.
This project will combine field and greenhouse experiments, 454
Pyrosequencing technology and expertise from ecology, physiology,
mycology, entomology, chemical ecology and silviculture to identify
management practices to enhance forest sustainability.
Funding is a combination of TA and summer support. There are
opportunities for paid positions prior to the commencement of MSc
studies in September 2011. This is an interdisciplinary, integrative
project drawing on strengths from the labs of James Cahill, Suzanne
Simard, Janice Cooke and Nadir Elbilgin. Two MSc positions will be
through the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of
Alberta, and the other through the Department of Renewable Resources at
the University of Alberta. Admission general details can be found here:
If you are interested in working on this project please contact:
James F Cahill, jc.cahill(a)ualberta.ca
Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology
Department of Renewable Resources
442 Earth Sciences Building
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Canada, T6G 2E3
Phone: (780) 492- 8693
Fax: (780) 492-1767
we are able to offer a two-year
post-doc on modeling spruce bark beetle population and infestation dynamics in Switzerland.
For more details please refer to the attachment. Thank you for distributing the announcement to interested people in your labs.
Dr. Beat Wermelinger
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Tel: +41-44-739 22 58
Fax: +41-44-739 22 15
125 Jahre WSL, 75 Jahre SLF
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PhD position at Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
"Chemical ecology of cone feeding insects"
The aim of the proposed PhD project is to
increase the knowledge about the reproductive
biology and chemical ecology of species within a
spruce seed-feeding guild of insects. Wood
production has a large socioeconomic role in
Sweden and will also be important for the
sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere in
the future. Seed orchards serve an important role
for the production of high-quality seeds and thus
in the generation of new forests. However,
insects are chronic pests and cause great losses
in seed production. Therefore, more knowledge is
needed about the most important insect species in
order to be able to design reliable and
sustainable monitoring and control strategies.
Within the project different aspects of chemical
ecology of the target species will be studied,
e.g. the role of flower odours for orientation
and selection of oviposition sites, pheromone
communication for mate location, and the role of
odours for attracting natural enemies. Also
studies on dispersal, competition and
climate-induced modifications of life history
strategies might be included.
Last day of applying 2010-11-09
For eligibility/entry requirements, application
process and contact information please visit
Please excuse possible double/multiple posting!
Olle Anderbrant, Prof. telephone +46 (0)46 2224997
Department of Biology mobile +46 (0)70 3724997
Sölvegatan 37 telefax +46 (0)46 2224716
SE-223 62 Lund e-mail Olle.Anderbrant(a)ekol.lu.se
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
The 73rd annual Northeastern Forest Pest Council meeting will be held on
22-23 March 2011, at the historic Tom Quick Inn
(http://www.thetomquickinn.net/) in Milford, Pennsylvania (pop. 1,104).
Registration materials, hotel information, and an agenda will be emailed in
December. The developing agenda will include a field tour of long-term
ecological research sites in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational
Area (http://www.nps.gov/dewa/index.htm), a tour of Gifford Pinchots
ancestral home (http://www.fs.fed.us/na/gt/), the return of the Kodachrome
slide parade, the Gerald N. Lanier graduate student forum, and State and
Province forest pest updates.
If you wish to propose a session topic and/or speakers, please email your
suggestions by November 15th to the NEFPC Vice Chair, Allison Kanoti
Please save the dates and consider joining us.
In the framework of the research project BACCARA (http://www.baccara-project.eu), we are presently carrying out a meta-analysis on variations of insect parasitism along elevation gradients (considered here as analogues of climate change). For this, we are looking for data on parasitism along elevational gradients. What we are looking for is:
1. Parasitism and/or parasitoid richness of one particular herbivorous insect (no need to be forest insect, although most cases are indeed forest insects) at at least 4 different elevations. We realise that clear transects on a single slope are rare, so we also welcome data on parasitism at different altitudes in a climatically similar region, even when collected on different slopes
2. Insects should preferably be collected from the same plant
3. The elevation difference between the highest and lowest points should be at least 300m but, if the transect is short and on a single slope, 200m is also acceptable.
4. We are interested in total parasitism rates as well as parasitism rates by single parasitoid species and by parasitoid richness (= number of parasitoid species).
If you are aware of such data, we would be grateful if you could let us know. We have already surveyed most of the literature, especially international publications with altitude/elevation and parasitism/parasitoid cited in the abstract. However, papers with data on parasitism at different elevations, in which the elevation factor is not central, are more difficult to find. Furthermore, such data are often found in unpublished theses and reports but tend to disappear when and if the data are published in journals.
I thank you in advance for your help. Also, sorry for cross-posting in case you receive this message twice
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Please pass this announcement out to ForEnt listserve members. Thank you, Melissa Fierke
Ph.D. Assistantship on Emerald Ash Borer at SUNY-ESF, Syracuse NY
A Ph.D. graduate research assistantship is available at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Research will be centered around development, implementation and evaluation of management strategies for emerald ash borer (EAB) in New York State based on four primary objectives 1) Quantification of the ash resource, 2) Delimitation of the infestation 3) Mechanical management of insect densities, 4) Early implementation of biological control. We will be identifying locally high-value areas and unique ecosystems most susceptible to EAB-induced impacts, determining and evaluating realistic management options that will positively affect these areas/ecosystems, and working with local, regional and state partners to implement management activities in the selected areas/ ecosystems. Parts of this project have been set in motion enabling the successful candidate to commence research immediately while still having the flexibility of focusing on particular aspects that are of greater interest and developing their own questions related to and stemming from research supporting the project objectives.
This position is open for a January 2011 start date and an M.S. degree in entomology, forestry, biology or a related field is desired. Ph.D. assistantships at SUNY-ESF provide a competitive stipend, with benefits, and tuition is waived for students on assistantships.
Information about SUNY-ESF can be found at the college website (http://www.esf.edu/) and information about our lab (http://www.esf.edu/efb/faculty/fierke.asp). Questions regarding the position are welcome, just please be sure to include the text "EAB graduate assistantship" in the message subject line.
To apply, please send a CV, cover letter and contact information for three references to:
Melissa K. Fierke
Assistant Professor, Forest Entomology
Department of Environmental & Forest Biology
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
146 Illick Hall, 1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6809
Fax: (315) 470-6934
Please see the attached outreach notice for a term-limited, Biological
Science Technician-Insect and Disease (GS-05) position located in
Asheville, NC. Please feel free to distribute widely and forward to
anyone who may be interested. Thank you,
Albert "Bud" Mayfield, Research Entomologist
USDA Forest Service
Southern Research Station
1577 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 667-5261 ext. 122
FAX: (828) 667-9097
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ForEnt listserve members. Thanks. Scott Salom
Two Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships Available
Physiological decline and recovery of eastern hemlock and
consequences to the causal agent, the hemlock woolly adelgid
Two Ph.D. graduate research assistantships are available at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University at Blacksburg. A first
project goal is to assess the physiological changes within eastern
hemlock trees as they decline from colonization and attack by the
non-native invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). A second goal will
be to determine how the physiological status of the trees change upon
remediation treatments and subsequent recovery. A third goal is to
assess how the declining health of the tree impacts the availability
and quality of nutrients and water resources for HWA as reflected in
the insect's fitness, fecundity, and physiology. One assistantship
is available for work focused on the physiology of the eastern
hemlock and will be directed by Dr. John Seiler (Department of Forest
Resources and Environmental Conservation). A second assistantship
will focus on the pest insect's physiology in relation to changing
host conditions and will be directed by Drs. Scott Salom and Don
Mullins (Department of Entomology). Each will provide a unique
opportunity to work with both forestry and entomology faculty. This
project is supported by the USDA Forest Service.
Eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis L. Carriere, are damaged by the
feeding activities of the non-native HWA, Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera:
Adelgidae). HWA nymphs feed on the parenchyma cells in the xylem
rays. Tree health deteriorates due the depletion of photosynthates,
which then inhibits shoot growth and causes bud mortality, twig
dieback, foliage discoloration and premature defoliation. The broad
goal will be to characterize the physiological attributes of tree
decline, so that managers may be able to consider site or stand
amelioration actions that would prevent newly infested trees from
declining so quickly. Findings could also contribute to a better
understanding of factors critical in host resistance. For
assistantship one, An M.S. degree in forestry, plant physiology,
ecophysiology, or related field is required. Previous experience with
whole-plant physiological measurements is desired. For Assistantship
two, an M.S. degree in biology, plant sciences or related field is
The Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC)
(http://www.cnre.vt.edu/forestry) at Virginia Tech has excellent
ecophysiology laboratories and strong programs in all aspects of
forestry. Strong supporting programs in Entomology
(http://web.ento.vt.edu/ento), Crop and Soil Environmental Science,
Horticulture, Botany, and Chemistry exist at Virginia Tech
(http://www.vt.edu). Ph.D. assistantships in the Departments of FREC
and Entomology at Virginia Tech provide a very competitive stipend.
Additionally, tuition is waived for students on assistantships.
Graduate research assistants are actively involved in the
departmental teaching program.
Interested students should contact either:
Dr. John Seiler, jseiler(a)vt.edu Dr. Scott Salom, salom(a)vt.edu
Professor of Forest Ecophysiology Professor of Forest Entomology
Department of Forest Resources and Department of Entomology
Environmental Conservation (0324) Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (540) 231-2794