This position is located within the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Pollinators Health in Southern Crop Ecosystems Research Unit, in Stoneville, MS.
The mission of the Research Unit is to investigate methods that will improve both honey bee and native bee health, as well as improving natural habitat and minimizing risk to stressors including pesticides and pests in a way that is beneficial to both beekeepers and farmers.
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- Determines new spray formulations to mitigate spray drift and prevent honey bees from pesticide risks in southern cropping systems.
- Develops laboratory bioassays and field studies to identify thresholds of primary factors including chemical dosage, active ingredient, droplet size that influence behaviors and migrations of bees and pollinators.
- Studies the reaction of residual insecticides and volatile compounds on bees and pollinators and their interaction with other chemical agents and weather conditions.
- Identifies the thresholds of factors that affect bee health and forage habitat.
- Initiates collaborations with other scientists, to solve complex pollinator crisis through chemistry science spray drift reduction technologies.
- Provides scientific and technical leadership to develop innovative concepts, strategies and methodologies to protect bees and pollinators due to spray drift and off-target losses from pesticide applications.
- Develops and utilizes techniques such as liquid chromatography- and/or gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS, GC-MS) to analyze pesticide concentrations.
- Interprets and reports results of research in scientific papers and is recognized as an authority in his/her area of research by scientific papers.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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