The incumbent is a Research Entomologist within the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Watershed Research Unit, located in Tifton, Georgia.
The mission of the Southeast Watershed Research Unit is to develop the scientific understanding and associated technologies of watershed systems essential to maintaining/enhancing the environmental and natural resource base upon which a viable, sustainable, and productive agricultural economy depends.
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- Conduct biologically based, problem-oriented laboratory and field research on the effect of landscapes composed of agricultural and non-agricultural habitats on the population dynamics of primary pests and their natural enemies in agroecosystems.
- Determine the effects of landscape components important in regulating arthropod populations.
- Develop and test spatial and temporal models that address arthropod population distribution within georeferenced crop fields and adjacent non-agriculture habitats relative to environmental (e.g., topographic, edaphic) and ecological factors.
- Develop perennial/diverse cropping systems and agricultural habitat management practices that enhance the abundance and diversity of natural enemies, pollinators, and ecological services
- Determine factors responsible for pest population colonization and growth, the spatial and temporal scale at which pest species should be controlled.
- Determine alternative strategies for managing pest arthropods in a more economically sound and environmentally acceptable manner as viewed by both the producer and consumer.
- Employ precision management techniques and habitat management schemes to site-specifically manage crop pests.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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