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Getting rid of ants

Melanie Pinola shares some home remedies to get rid of ants naturally in Lifehacker.

June 30, 2011

TED talk on pollination

Film director Louis Schwartzberg presented The Hidden Beauty of Pollinators on TED during March this year. In his presentation, he shared footage from his film "Wings of life", coming soon to theaters in the US. The slow motion sequences are of outstanding quality and show the beauty in the relationship between pollinators and flowering plants. Lets go watch it when the movie comes out!

June 26, 2011

New source for pollinator literature

In celebration of this year's Pollinator Week, 20-26 June, I'm pleased to announce the availability of a bibliographic database containing >10,000 references about pollination biology. This project by the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), a program administered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), puts on the Web an EndNote database I've been collecting for a few decades, as described at The Inouye Database. The link to the database is The Web site works with Firefox and Safari browsers at present.

If you have references that are not included in the database, or other suggestions about how to improve the portal, please send them to me. The database will be updated regularly as new literature appears.

Happy Pollinator Week.


Dr. David Inouye. Professor Dpt. of Biology, University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742-4415

Rocky Mtn. Biological Laboratory PO Box 519 Crested Butte, CO 81224

(301) 405-6946

On leave 2010-11 working as a Program Officer in Population and Community Ecology (Division of Environmental Biology), National Science Foundation.

June 21, 2011

Researcher / Soil Invertebrate Ecologist position in New Zealand

We seek an early-career soil ecologist with expertise in soil invertebrates (e.g., mites, nematodes) to work within the Ecosystem Processes research team of Landcare Research, New Zealand. Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute dedicated to high quality research in terrestrial ecology and the sustainable management of natural resources, and is ranked as the top environmental science and ecology institute in New Zealand and third in Australasia (Times Higher Education, 26 May 2011). Major areas of research include conservation biology and ecology, environmental monitoring, climate change, the management of weeds and pests, and soil and water resources.

We employ about 400 employees across nine sites. The Ecosystem Processes Research Team includes 35 researchers and support staff with a focus on improving our understanding of terrestrial ecosystems with a particular emphasis on aboveground-belowground linkages.

The Soil Invertebrate Ecologist position will primarily involve collaborative research in ongoing projects determining processes driving the structure, composition and functioning of forests and shrublands. Specific projects in the near-term (2-3 yrs) include (1) development of rapid molecular methods for identification of soil invertebrates, and (2) using soil invertebrate ecology to inform management of dynamic landscapes subject to biological invasions. The successful applicant is also expected to initiate new research projects in collaboration with other Landcare Research scientists, and to contribute to developing collaborative funding applications.

Applicants must have a PhD in soil or ecosystem ecology, have expertise in soil invertebrates, and preferably post-doctoral experience. Experience in research on soil ecology in natural systems is desirable, as is experience with molecular approaches. Applicants with a proven record of interdisciplinary research and an interest in collaborative research are particularly welcome. A demonstrated ability to publish research results in the international literature is necessary. Knowledge and experience in dealing with the users of research and a willingness to communicate science to non-specialists would be helpful. A start date of early November 2011 would be ideal.

The position is full-time, permanent, and based at our Lincoln site near Christchurch. International applicants are welcome.

To apply, please visit Landcare Research or go directly here and click on the Apply Now tab.

Applications close 31 July 2011.

June 12, 2011

Masters Study in Canada

M.Sc. on the effects of climate change, agroforestry, and mixed plantations on soil microarthopods

We are looking for a MSc. Student (or potentially a PhD) to work on a fully funded project looking at how soil microarthropod communities in agroforestry and mixed-species forest plantations may be affected by climate change.

These plantations are part of developing network of experimental sites unique to North America where diverse tree species with varying ecological traits are combined in an agroforestery/plantation setting to buffer potential impacts of climate change and re-establish biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. This project will focus on comparisons of microarthropods (collembolan and soil mites) in root systems with complimentary rooting depths in an effort to characterize diversity-ecosystem function relations and the capacity for complex root systems to maintain microorganisms in a changing climate.

The successful candidate will have an interest in soil microarthropods and the ecological role of these organisms in agricultural and forest systems. No formal experience with soil microarthropods is necessary: identification of very small soil organisms will be a major part of this project, but training will be provided. As with any graduate project, enthusiasm, dedication, and a willingness to learn will be crucial. Prospective candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or some related field. Ideally, the project will begin in September 2011.

The successful candidate will be part of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Center for Forest Research (CFR). The CFR is a multi-institutional, bilingual research group funded by the government of Quebec (FQRNT) and dedicated to the study of forest ecology, conservation, and sustainable forest management. With more than 50 university researchers, 10 dedicated research support staff, and 150 graduate students, the CFR offers numerous opportunities and a rich and dynamic academic setting for prospective students. Montreal is a multicultural, vibrant city with 4 major universities, which provides an ideal setting for graduate studies.

A working knowledge of English is necessary to understand the scientific literature. Knowledge of French would also be an asset. UQAM accepts theses in either language, and CFR professionals are available to help students write in either language.

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and cover letter to Tim Work or Rebecca Tittler

June 9, 2011

PhD Research Assistantship in Entomology/Agroecology

Penn State University: Department of Entomology

Multidisciplinary research on arthropod community dynamics as related to agronomic properties and management approaches in organic feed grain cropping systems. Interest or experience in working in multidisciplinary systems is desired. Opportunity to participate in development and delivery of outreach programs and materials to diverse audiences. Student will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, postdocs, extension educators, technicians, and a farmer advisory panel in guiding the research and outreach education associated with the project.

For further information, contact Mary Barbercheck, PSU Dept. of Entomology

June 6, 2011