Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) – Native pollinator ecology with a focus on native wildflower management:

Project description and responsibilities: The Native Bee Lab at Auburn University is seeking a highly motivated M.S. or Ph.D. student to join our team. The selected individual will participate in collaborative research focused on developing practical solutions to improve native bee health, natural habitat, and pollination services in the southeastern United States.

Specific projects include but are not limited to 1) assessing the best management practices for wildflower meadow maintenance to attract high native bee abundance and diversity, and 2) assessing the use of biochar as a soil amendment on high-diversity wildflower plantings to improve and promote wildflower health and native bee abundance and diversity.

The selected individual is expected to take on a leadership role. This will include mentoring project personnel and communicating results to stakeholders. Numerous opportunities will exist for learning and developing scientific skills as well as taxonomy skills. Publication of results in quality peer-reviewed scientific journals is expected. Furthermore, the individual will be required to contribute to the collegial atmosphere of the Native Bee Lab, including participation in collaborative research, guest lecturing, and public outreach.

Opportunities for collaboration with other researchers are abundant, both within and outside the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at Auburn University, and with other institutions across the country.

Duration: Two and four years for M.S. and Ph.D. programs, respectively. Salary range and other benefits: Starting salary of $23,000 and $25,000 for M.S. and Ph.D. programs, respectively, with opportunities for advancement depending on performance. The individual will be assigned a Graduate Research Assistant position that includes a full tuition waiver.

Required qualifications: An undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Botany, or related field from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent institution abroad is required to begin a M.S. program. A M.S. degree is needed to start a Ph.D. program; however, opportunities exist for an individual to roll their M.S. program into a Ph.D. program. The selected individual must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment.

Desired qualifications: Experience contributing to native bee and wildflower research is ideal. Specifically, experience with plant and native bee identification is optimal. However, finding an individual that is hard-working, collaborative, organized, a team player, and has a strong passion for learning is important.

Application submission: All materials should be compiled as a single PDF document and submitted to Dr. Anthony Abbate ( ). Please include ‘Graduate Student Opportunity’ in the email subject line. Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) – Native pollinator ecology with a focus on native wildflower management.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin now through September 1st or until a suitable candidate is found. Start date: Flexible, with Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semester possible.

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