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Wanted: Aquatic entomology + biodiversity informatics masters student

Here's the announcement that was mention at the ECN meeting and elsewhere:

A masters student interested in aquatic entomology, museum science, and biodiversity informatics is being sought for fall, 2016. The position is supported by a 3 yr. National Science Foundation Collections in Support of Biological Research grant to Drs. DeWalt, Dmitriev, and Yoder. The home institution will be the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the student will study in the laboratory of Dr. R. Edward DeWalt of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS).

The general thesis topic is an analysis of repeated patterns of species distribution for water quality sensitive mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies within the midwestern USA area. The student will examine factors such as species traits and landscape variables to explain the distribution patterns. Coursework within the Department of Entomology will promote interaction with world class entomologists. Interaction with a burgeoning biodiversity informatics group at the INHS and curators at the INHS Insect Collection will promote competence in modern museum science ranging from field work to computer coding for manipulation and analysis of digitized specimen data.

The student will be expected to attend at least one iDigBio workshop, conduct extended fieldwork in rugged locations, present results at international meetings, and publish results of the thesis in peer reviewed journals.

Generous support for the student as a research assistant is provided for at least 2 yr. Monthly wages total $2296 and are available for up to 11 mo./yr. Tuition and most fees are waived, but approximately $500/semester in fees remain. University health care is provided. Given the reasonable cost of living in the Champaign-Urbana area, we believe you will find that this level of support compares very favorably with stipends offered by other institutions.

Apply by January 1, 2016 to the Entomology Department Admissions Committee at: http://www.life.illinois.edu/entomology/admissions.html.

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