Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The research and extension project and grant is on “Conservation biocontrol”. which addressees management practices and current issues on the conservation of good bugs, including bumblebees, monarch and painted lady butterflies, and beneficial insects that kill pest insects. The work is in the field, lab, and greenhouse on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Field work takes place at restoration sites in collaboration with local parks and groups. Since the research and extension project is based on collecting data from insects that live at seasonal times, the activities of the objectives change thru the year. In winter we perform experiments in the greenhouse and lab. In summer we move some experiments to the field. After collecting data, time is needed to organize the data, make preliminary graphs, process samples, and forward them for chemical or statistical analysis.
All data collection, processing, and analysis is done with the help of the PI, but the research assistant is directly involved. Research results are turned into peer reviewed journal articles. The research assistant will be involved with the PI in an extension component to deliver the research results in the form of talks, bulletins, websites, and workshops.
1. Manage with the help of the PI, the time and resources to fulfill the research objectives on the grant. 10%
2. Manage employees hired on the grant to perform research in the greenhouse, field, and lab. 10%
3. Design and implement experiments on beetle banks. 10%
4. Collect samples from restorations near agricultural sites and analyze for pesticide residue.20%
5. Supervise experiments with bumble bees.20%
6. Collaborate with the PI to deliver the research results in the form of talks, bulletins, websites, and workshops 30%
1. BA degree plus one year of related experience in pollinator issues and management or a combination of education and related experience totaling 5 years.
2. Knowledge and experience in managing restorations.
3. Experience in developing and producing bulletins, websites, and workshops.
4. Experience in managing people.
Internal Number: 329993
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