By the time the potato murrain arrived in Ireland scholars had already begun to explain its cause: a blight, a water mold. They had also begun to explore ways to mitigate the effects of the potato blight through shifts in the timing of planting and harvest and strict quarantines. In addition, some farmers had noticed a way to control the blight through the use of copper sulfate (which is still used). But in this moment, the voice of the scientists was too quiet and the willingness of the scientists to listen to those in the public who had ideas was too modest. As a […]
The application process for the 2015-2016 cohort of Kenan Fellows is now open!
Watch this video to see what being a part of the Students Discover project meant to our first cohort of scientists and teacher-scientists. Learn how the Students Discover project directly relates to what you can do in your classroom and meet some of the scientists you’d be working with!
We’re looking for a few good post docs, excited about the prospect of bringing real science to middle school classrooms.
These new post docs will be based at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and will work with the outstanding team of scientists and educators we’ve assembled for our new Students Discover project.
The big goal of Students Discover is to integrate real science with education, and the applicant must have enthusiasm and interest, if not experience and training, in both fields. Post docs will work collaboratively with educators to develop citizen science projects around authentic research in entomology, […]
Our lab has been busy, BUSY these last few months studying urban arthropod biodiversity. Post-doc Amy Savage led not one, but TWO expeditions to New York City to study the ants living in roadside medians and urban parks. Post-doc Elsa Youngsteadt has been trekking up and down the East Coast sampling arthropods on red maple trees growing along the streets of Raleigh, Baltimore, New York City, and Boston.
Now that field work is complete for the season, Amy and Elsa need help sorting, counting and identifying the arthropods they’ve collected. They’re seeking a student laboratory assistant […]
The camel crickets in our basement are jumping. Ants are busy foraging in our backyard. Both the birds and carpenter bees are furiously building nests in and around our house.
Spring has ARRIVED.
As the wild life around us starts cranking with the onset of spring, so too is research in the Dunn Lab.
And we’re looking for a couple new post-docs to join our crack team of scientists, communicators, and […]
In addition to two postdocs and a lab manager (coming soon), we are looking for field technicians to sample ants and scale insects in cities across the east coast of the U.S. (e.g., ants on Broadway).
If you are interested in working in the summer to collect and study ants in the city (and then doing broad collection of several species more generally), contact Steve Frank (steven_frank AT ncsu.edu; Frank Lab website). Please send your CV, a paragraph or two about your experience collecting in the field (and/or with specimen curation), and contact info for three potential reference writers.
Want to study the consequences of urban and global warming for plant-arthropod interactions? [Post-doc Opp]
Our pal and collaborator Steve Frank in the Entomology Department at NCSU is advertising a post-doctoral position (available immediately) to study the consequences of urban heat islands and global climate change on arthropods of conservation, economic, or human health importance.
In other words, how do insects respond to the increased temperatures associated with inner city living? And what, in turn, might be the consequences of those changes in their physiology, life cycle and ecology on the plants those insects eat?
So far Steve and collaborators have detected a significant urban heat island effect in Manhattan and Raleigh, where the […]