900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
In the Wilson Rankin lab, we study invasive species ecology, investigating species interactions and their effects on food webs and ecosystem services both at the landscape-level (such as invasive species removal and mitigation) and the individual-level (such as foraging strategies and genetic diet analyses). Much of our work involves native pollinators and invasive social insects in and across the interface of agricultural, natural and urban landscapes. Specific areas of current research involve the effects of drought and fire on pollinator health and diversity, life history evolution of invasive species, disruption of ecosystem services by invasive generalists and trophic impacts of multi-channel omnivory.
Educational and Employment Opportunities
We are currently looking for an undergraduate researcher to help a Ph.D. student in the Wilson Rankin Lab in the UCR Entomology Department with research project. Responsibilities will include: (1) assisting with local field work - field work will be conducted in outdoor commercial plant nurseries across Southern California, particularly in Riverside, San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. Field work typically occurs during weekday mornings sometime between 7am and 12pm. Procedures involve setting out traps for insects, surveying and identifying plants, and netting and observing insects. (2) assisting with processing, identifying and curating insect samples, (3) assisting with greenhouse studies.
Position available ASAP, will last throughout summer (with potential for continuing during school year). No prior research experience or specific knowledge required. An interest in insects, pollinators, wildlife conservation, community ecology, and/or urban biodiversity is preferred. If interested, please contact Dr. Rankin via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org