Funded PhD on “Agricultural practices and bee biodiversity” in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia and the Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University

Farmers have adopted a number of new crop technologies and land management practices over the past century, resulting in a host of inter-correlated changes to agricultural landscapes. These changes include the adoption of novel pesticides, shifts towards genetically-modified crops, and increasing homogeneity (monoculture) of crop types. At the same time, serious concerns are being raised that these changes may be driving biodiversity declines in economically important species, including bees. This unique PhD opportunity is intended foster student engagement and training across the natural and social sciences. The advisory committee will consist of natural scientists and environmental economists and provide the student an opportunity to learn a diverse set of cross-disciplinary skills in these fields. Students with training in quantitative ecology, ecological data science, and/or environmental studies are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with a MSc in one of these disciplines are preferred, although students with only a BSc but with strong disciplinary overlap and excellent grades and references will also be considered to enter the fast track PhD option. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Risa Sargent and Leithen M’Gonigle ( To apply, please send a letter of intent describing your background and interest in the position, along with your academic transcripts and contact information for two references, to Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Possible start dates: September 2022, January 2023 or September 2023.

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