Plant communities and floral traits mediating bee-pathogen dynamics

I may be hiring individuals for multiple research projects, all variations on the theme of understanding how floral resources mediate pathogen transmission between bee pollinators. Dr. Figueroa (Eco Dept) is a co-lead for one of the projects. These are paid research positions, ideally full-time (M-F 9-5; sometimes 8-4 when it's hot out). All the projects involve substantial field work, which may be conducted at a UMass research facility, on privately owned pollinator habitat, or on working farms, depending on the project. Students will assist with collecting data that may include characterizing pollinator behavior, floral traits, plant and bee community composition, pollinator networks, and/or bee pathogen infections. I value students who are excellent communicators, detail-oriented, proactive, responsible, and who contribute to a positive work environment that supports everyone.

To apply, please provide the following information: (1) A cover letter indicating your name, pronouns (optional), email, major, year, GPA, if you are eligible for work study funding, your summer work availability, reason for your interest in the position, any relevant experience, and how this position relates to your career goals (2) Names/contact information for 2-3 references.

Name of research group, project, or lab
Adler lab; pollination ecology
Why participate in this opportunity?

This is a paid summer opportunity that will give hands-on experience conducting ecology research in field settings. My lab mentors a large number of undergraduates who often stay and progress to conducting their own research as honors/senior theses. Many students have successfully continued to graduate school, medical school, vet school, research positions in industry and non-profits, and science communication.

I cannot guarantee that every summer employee can continue in my lab during the year - it will depend on how many opportunities we have. However, we prioritize current students (who have performed well) for these roles. Note that during the academic year, I generally do not offer paid positions unless the student has a work study award.

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Logistics Information:
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Student ranks applicable
Student qualifications

 I value students who are excellent communicators, detail-oriented, proactive, responsible, and who contribute to a positive work environment that supports everyone.

Applicants should have no known allergies to bee or wasp stings. Projects will require ability to work outside in field settings that can be hot, and includes standing, walking and some light lifting. Basic knowledge of entomology, botany and/or ecology is helpful but not required. Eligibility for work study funding is also helpful but not required.

Time commitment
15+ h/wk
Position Types and Compensation
Research - Paid, General
Research - Paid, Work-Study Req.
Number of openings
Techniques learned

All students will learn some basic bee identification and handling skills, how to dissect bees to assess pathogen infection, and some principles of data organization and experimental design. Depending on the project, students may also learn how to record pollinator behavior, characterize pollinator and plant communities using transect walks, identify bee and plant species, assess pathogen infection, rear bumble bees in laboratory settings, and measure floral traits and architecture. 

Project start
late May or early June
Contact Information:
Lynn Adler
Principal Investigator
Name of project director or principal investigator
Lynn Adler
Email address of project director or principal investigator
2 sp. | 8 appl.
15+ h/wk
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