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: