Thanks to colleagues at the U.S. National Science Foundation, who recommended one of our grant proposals for funding, we are now recruiting for two PhD-level graduate student positions: 4 years of funding (minimum) for each student, multiple opportunities for international travel, a mini-grant for each student, training in multiple technologies relevant to evolutionary biology and systematics, and myriad opportunities to innovate and discover with a dynamic community of integrative entomologists. The focal taxon for this research is Ceraphronoidea (more scientific background in Mikó et al. 2013), a wasp lineage (Hymenoptera) that includes two extant families: Ceraphronidae and Megaspilidae. These parasitoids are incredibly interesting with respect to their evolutionary history, morphology, impacts on biocontrol programs, and diverse host relationships. More information about these wasps and the project can be found in our proposal’s project description (includes references and data management plan):
Deans AR, Mikó I (2013) ARTS: Revising Ceraphronoidea (Hymenoptera), a possible link between sawflies and apocritan wasps. Proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster. August 2013.
Note that some aspects of the proposal might change in the near future as we adjust our goals to fit a different budget. Also see our recruitment email to the Entomological Collections Network. Questions about these opportunities can be directed to Andy Deans (email@example.com).
Find out more:
PSU Entomology grad program – http://ento.psu.edu/graduatestudents
Deans lab – http://deanslab.org/
Selected Deans lab publications – http://deanslab.org/pubs/
Hines lab – http://www.personal.psu.edu/hmh19/
Penn State – http://psu.edu/