PhD positions in interdisciplinary locust research and management at Arizona State University

The Cease Lab at Arizona State University is looking for passionate people to join our dynamic, international, and interdisciplinary team. The primary focus of our research is to connect lab and field studies to understand mechanisms of ecological and organismal function across multiple levels. We work integratively with collaborators to study locusts in social-ecological systems and find regional solutions for the global challenge of locust plagues. These collaborators include natural scientists, social scientists, government agencies, community organizations, and farmers from North America and our field sites in Senegal, Australia, China, Argentina, and Bolivia.

We are accepting applications for 2-3 PhD students who will focus on the South American Locust, Schistocerca cancellata and/or sustainable transboundary pest management in South America.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Study an unprecedented upsurge of Schistocerca cancellata across this species’ native range in Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay
  • Network with locust and grasshopper researchers through the Global Locust Initiative
  • Use their Spanish-speaking skills to engage stakeholders to find on-the-ground solutions to locust outbreaks (fluency in Spanish is desired for anyone interested in field work and/or work with stakeholders, but is not required)
  • Collaborate in a diverse team of researchers at ASU and in South America

We especially appreciate applicants who have an interest in transparent and inclusive science, and who value working as part of a team!

Students may apply to the PhD programs in the School of Sustainability (Priority Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017) or the School of Life Sciences (Priority Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017).

Questions? Please contact Dr. Arianne Cease at ASU, [email protected] for more information!