The Soil Arthropod Ecology Lab is searching for a postdoc to work on bioacoustic detection of soil animals!
Soil dwelling arthropods are diverse, and their populations are distributed heterogeneously. Current methods for detecting and monitoring of soil arthropods are expensive and labor intensive for pest managers and scientists alike. The primary objective of this position will be to develop methods for using bioacoustic techniques for detecting soil-dwelling invertebrates and for distinguishing acoustic signals generated by root-feeding pests, ecosystem engineers, and decomposers. The project will entail working in the field and lab with bioacoustics equipment to characterize acoustic signals from field populations and to establish laboratory soil arenas with distinct arthropod composition to evaluate how acoustic signals change under changing soil animal structure.
The position will be housed in the Soil Arthropod Ecology Lab within the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY 14456. Anticipated start date for the position is Summer-Fall 2018.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Wickings directly at email@example.com.