Fully-funded MSc position: Insect predator-prey interactions in the agroecosystem

One fully funded MSc student position is available in the Agricultural and Ecological Entomology Group led by Dr. Boyd Mori in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Ground beetles are recognized as indicator species and important natural enemies, but knowledge is lacking on their role in Prairie crop production systems. Crop type is one of the most influential factors that dictates ground beetle species composition and abundance. Many different crop types are grown on the Prairies, which in turn influence the microclimate and may influence predator-prey interactions. The project aims to study insect predator-prey interactions across cropping systems in the aspen parkland ecoregion of central Alberta and can be tailored to the student depending on their interests.

The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Carol Frost in the Department of Renewable Resources (University of Alberta).

We are looking for a student with a strong background in entomology, ecology, agriculture, biology or a related discipline (minimum BSc or equivalent). The student will have strong interpersonal skills, be highly motivated, and have a willingness to learn R. Previous research experience and a Class 5 (non-graduated) Driver’s license will be considered assets. The successful student will be awarded a stipend of $21,000 (Canadian) per year (2-year duration).

The project will begin in May or September 2020. Interested students should send an email to Dr. Boyd Mori (bmori@ualberta.ca) and include a letter of interest, a current CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial) and the name and contact information of three references.