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Undergraduate Position: Field/Lab Techician for Gall Wasp Research

A lab and field technician position is available to assist in research examining the diversity, evolution, genetics, and ecology of gall wasps and the plant galls they induce. The individual will monitor, sample, and curate emerging gall wasps from field-collected plant galls reared in the lab, and assist in collecting galls in the field to be used for lab research. The student will pursue an independent ecological research project examining seasonal shifts in gall inhabitants in the oak apple gall, from galler, to inquilines and parasitoids, to predator and scavenger communities housed in these galls. 

The position runs from mid-May and will continue into Fall 2021. The position will involve 5-15 hrs/wk during the academic year and 20-40 hrs./wk during the summer, with the number of hours negotiable. 

Applicants ideally will bepursuing an undergraduate degree at PSU in the biological sciences, with an interest in nature and it’s diversity and, ideally, interested in a career in research or science education. The student must have good attention to detail and organizational skills. Applicants with a GPA >3.0 preferred.  Experience (e.g., coursework) in Entomology is a plus. 

Interested applicants should submit a CV/Resume and cover letter stating interests and suitability to the project to psujobs REQ_00000122. Applications will start being reviewed April 15 and until the position is filled. The student will be mentored by a team of gall wasp researchers at PSU, including John Tooker (jft11@psu.edu), Andy Deans (ard19@psu.edu), Heather Hines (hmh19@psu.edu), and Antoine Guiguet (apg5659@psu.edu).

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Undergraduate Field Technician Position on Bee Health

The Hines lab (PSU, hineslab.org) is seeking an undergraduate summer field technician to work on a project examining the role of various landscape factors on bee health parameters (pathogens, bee size, community diversity) across North Carolina. Data collected will be used to understand the factors most impacting bee health to guide management of landscapes for supporting pollinators and to allow better understanding of distributional patterns in bumble bees, including patterns of bee decline.

The student will accompany and assist graduate student researcher Elena Gratton in collecting and identifying bumble bees across sites of various quality and habitats throughout North Carolina from the high Appalachians to the coastal plains. This position will run from mid-June until the end of July (30-40 hrs./week). It will involve primarily outdoor work and travel (lodging primarily in hotels and campsites; 3-4 weeks) and may involve some organizational tasks in Pennsylvania at the beginning and/or end of the project (2 weeks).

The position is open to undergraduates pursuing a degree in the biological sciences, preferably with an interest in ecology, conservation, and the natural sciences. The student must be willing and, preferably enjoy, spending long days in the field and a month traveling.

Interested applicants should submit a CV/Resume and cover letter stating interests and suitability through the psujobs portal. Applications will start being reviewed April 15 and until the position is filled. Please send inquiries to Heather Hines (hmh19@psu.edu).