M.Sc. - Management of true armyworm (TAW) in Ontario Cereals

Position:  M.Sc. (Thesis) - Management of true armyworm (TAW) in Ontario Cereals.

Description: We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, committed, and hard-working graduate student (M.Sc.) interested in studying the management of true armyworm (TAW) Mythimna unipuncta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Ontario cereals. This project will provide better understanding of TAW biology and management under modern cereal production practices and climate conditions. The current state and impact of biological control of TAW will also be studied. The M.Sc. student will be primarily located at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph; although course work may occur on the Guelph campus.

OAC Academic Unit: Department of Plant Agriculture

Advisor Name: Dr. David Hooker; Dr. Jocelyn Smith

Start Date: January 2022

Stipend: $22,000/year

Pre-requisites: The preferred candidate will hold a BSc degree with at least some specialization in entomology, agronomy or a related discipline. The successful candidate must have a keen interest in entomology, agriculture, pest management, ecology and insect-plant interactions. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. Candidate must have a valid "G" Ontario driver's license. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph.

Application Instructions: Applicants should send a cover letter outlining your research interests, a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 2 academic references, as soon as possible, by email to: Dr. David Hooker (dhooker@uoguelph.ca) or Dr. Jocelyn Smith (jocelyn.smith@uoguelph.ca).