Last Fall Dr. Mary Gardiner spoke here at Ashland University on her research into the decline of native lady beetles and its effect on our local ecosystems. Dr. Gardiner is continuing that work this summer. along with a number of other projects, and is looking for undergraduate students to work in her lab for the summer of 2011.The research will be centered in Wooster, Ohio at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and pay starts at $8 per hour. Details on the position and how to apply are below:
Full time undergraduate research positions are available in the Agricultural Landscape Ecology Laboratory at The Ohio State University – OARDC for Summer, 2011.The successful candidates will rear insects in the laboratory, conduct field research, assist graduate students and participate in outreach activities.
Current Projects Include: 1. Evaluating the decline of native lady beetles 2. Determining if floral resource strips enhance biocontrol and pollination of pumpkin crops 3. Measuring the toxin concentration of bees across an urban to rural landscape gradient 4. Examining the negative impacts of the invasive weed, common buckthorn 5. Studying spider community changes in response to urban vacant land restoration and redesign 6. Measuring bee communities and pollination services in urban community gardens and farms
Candidates must be willing to work long days in all types of weather conditions and travel daily to field sites around the state (valid driver’s license required, vehicle provided). Interested candidates should send a resume, 1 paragraph statement detailing your research interests and research experience to-date, and the contact information for two professional referees to Dr. Mary Gardiner (firstname.lastname@example.org).