PhD position available in bee biology – A 4-year PhD position is available to study the impact of pathogens and pesticides in native bee species that serve as important pollinators in apple orchards. My laboratory is part of a collaborative USDA-SCRI project examining the impact of pathogens (viruses, bacteria, microsporidia, fungi) and pesticides on native bees in various crop systems. We will focus on pathogen and pesticide loads in New York apple orchards, where ongoing research has revealed a remarkably diverse native bee fauna. We seek someone with an interest in developing diagnostic tools and techniques for detecting and quantifying pathogen and pesticide loads in one or more native bee species. A background and interest in bee biology, pesticide toxicology, host/pathogen interactions, and/or molecular biology preferred. The position will be based in the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. To apply, send curriculum vitae, statement of interest and qualifications, names and contact info for three references to: Dr Bryan N. Danforth bnd1@cornell.edu. Applications will be received until a suitable applicant is found. See http://www.danforthlab.entomology.cornell.edu/ for more information.