2018 Field Research Technician: Climate Change and Herbivore Effects on Plant Communities
Position description: The Field Technician will directly manage a long-term climate warming experiment on early successional plant communities in Michigan, USA. The goal of the experiment is to quantify the single and interactive effects of climate warming and insect herbivory on plant communities through time. The Field Technician would oversee two experimental sites, to ensure their proper functioning and record long-term ecological data on plants, insects, and climate. The two sites are located at: Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research site (KBS LTER), in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston, Michigan. The individual will work directly under Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske to determine the experiment’s management needs, and will be based at one or both of the sites throughout the summer.
Responsibilities include field data collection, data entry, applying insecticide treatments twice monthly during the growing season, and maintaining the experiment infrastructure.
Preference will be given to individuals with experience in ecological field work with plants and/or insects. Position is available for 1 field season (March – early October 2018) with potential for extension, based on performance and funding.
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Deadline: Applications will be considered until February 1, 2018, or until the position has been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.