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Fellowship opportunity: biology, ecology, and management of invasive tephritids

USDA-ARS Insect Ecology and Agricultural Pest Management Fellowship

ARS Office/Lab and Location

A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research Unit located in Hilo, Hawaii.

Research Project

In keeping with the mission and goals of the Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research Unit, the participant will participate in the design, implementation, and analysis of data pertaining to understanding the factors contributing to, or limiting, effective pest management of invasive tephritid fruit flies in the Pacific Basin, and developing solutions to address limitations where they exist. This includes identifying whether differences in geographical and climatic factors, or landscape phenology and community structure, affect tephritid establishment and persistence. Under the guidance of a mentor, specific activities will include experimental design and implementation of research projects in the lab and field, data analysis using statistical software such as R, and preparation of scientific manuscripts relevant to the research conducted during the term of the appointment.

Learning Objectives

The participant will have opportunities to develop advanced research design and data analysis skills, collaborate with researchers at various institutions, attend meetings with growers, present at professional society meetings, and publish in leading peer-reviewed journals. These opportunities will allow the participant to develop valuable scientific research experience in insect ecology and applied pest management in a wide range of crop and landscape systems.


The mentor for this opportunity is Dara Stockton. If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

May 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length

The appointment will initially be for two years but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Application Deadline 4th December 2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

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