(P/T or F/T OPS)
on Urban Trees
& Effects of
We are looking for an enthusiastic & hard worker(s)
to assist with two research projects:
Insect ecology on urban trees
- Watering street trees, measuring drought stress,
and surveying for insects
Effects of hostplant genotypic diversity on
- Greenhouse and field work to assess insect
pests and natural enemies
- Must have a valid driver’s license,
be able to lift 50 lbs, and be
comfortable driving a large truck
- Must be prepared for fieldwork under hot,
- Insect ID a major plus
For more information please contact:
Nicole Benda, PhD
Adam Dale Lab
This position is primarily involved with maintenance
and mass production of urban pests for research purposes.
Pests reared in the laboratory need to be contained,
maintained, cleaned, and fed. Pests reared are
cockroaches,crickets, silverfish, ants, flies, mosquitoes,
and bed bugs. Below are more specifics of what must be
done by this technician for good colony maintenance
14-16 species reared in 2 gallon utility jars.
Must be fed and watered twice weekly, habitats cleaned and
moved without mixing colonies.
Cockroaches are collected by forceps and counted by species,
sex and stage for experimental purposes.
Silverfish are raised in plastic containers with cardboard
Food preparation and habitat sanitation
Respiratory protection [dust mask] is needed to prevent
inhalation of scales from the silverfish.
14 different species of ants that need constant daily
maintenance during the week.
Ant queens are collected and brought back to the lab for
early development in test tubes.
Ants are fed dead insects from other colonies, fruit,
honey, and sugar water.
Hand protection is needed because ants can either sting
or bite the worker.
Flies are picked up from the USDA lab as pupae and
placed in cages to wait for fly emergence.
The cages are provisioned with water, sugar water,
and milk powder.
After flies have emerged and died, cages must be
cleaned and sanitized.
Mosquitoes are produced by placing eggs in water in
trays and allowing larvae to hatch.
Pupae are picked from the trays and placed in deli cups
in cages for emergence as adults. Careful attention to
detail because If this process is not done carefully and on
schedule, the lab becomes infested with hoards of
mosquitoes that bite other employees and students.
Bed bugs are maintained in screened plastic containers.
Bed bugs are fed in the plastic containers on rabbit
blood purchased from California.
Rabbit blood is warmed on a system of artificial feeders
with parafilm stretched over the bottom opening.
Blood is pipetted into the feeders which are lowered
onto the screened cages. Heated water is circulated
through the feeders to warm the blood.
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