The labs of Dr. Betsy Beers (http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/ebeers) and Dr.
Dave Crowder (http://entomology.wsu.edu/david-crowder/) and in the
Department of Entomology at Washington State University are recruiting a
student at the M.S. or Ph.D. level, to study acoustic (vibrational)
communication by psyllid pests. Research on psyllids has shown that male and
female psyllids conduct acoustic =93duets=94 during their mate-locating
activities. We are seeking a student who is interested in conducting
research on acoustic communication by a psyllid pest of pears. Research
areas may include behavioral analyses of duetting activities; recording
acoustic signals and analyzing waveform traits; and, describing
morphological structures of psyllids used in producing acoustic signals.
Project aims are to develop fundamental knowledge leading to better
understanding of the mate-locating activities of this pear pest. Moreover,
These data will be used to design mating disruption strategies using
acoustic signals that interfere with mate location by psyllids Potential
students should have interests in insect behavior and mate-location
strategies of insects. The research will be conducted in close collaboration
with Dr. David Horton of the USDA, and field research will be conducted
primarily in central Washington (so the student must be willing to travel to
field sites in university-provided vehicles). Students interested in
starting graduate school in August 2017 or January 2018 are encouraged to
apply. To apply send CV and statement of interest to Dave Crowder
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Students that have completed MS degrees or conducted an
independent research project are particularly encouraged to apply.