ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

064 Acarology - Management of Mites in Crops Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, with an appointment in the Department of Entomology, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UC Riverside

Proposed Area of Coverage

California statewide, with an emphasis in the San Joaquin Valley


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This is extremely specialized for a Specialist working in the field. Only mites? I don't recall any specialist positions that have been that narrowly defined. How about an entomology position with acarology as an emphasis?
Posted Jul 10, 2014 2:42 PM by Maxwell Norton
This is an incredibly important position for ANR in general. We lack assistance in mite identification across the state and many of us are sending samples far across the US for proper ID. As an entomologist, I remember taking Acarology at UC Riverside, and I can confidently say that there is a great difference between an entomologist and an acarologist. Even as an entomologist, we tend to specialize within insect Families or Orders. This position would fill a huge hole in our system.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 12:53 PM by James A. Bethke
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries, would like to offer comments on three proposed entomology positions of interest to the Group. These include 064, 093 and 099 (Acarology-Management of mites in crops specialist, Management of arthropod vectors of plant disease specialist, and Orchard Crop entomology specialist, respectively). Each position has merit but given the limited resources and the numerous production research needs of all commodities, the positions would be better combined into no more than two positions that take into account the expertise/experience of current advisors and specialists. For example, a current IPM Farm Advisor at KARE has post-doctoral experience in mites which may reduce the need for an Acarology Specialist. The need for a specialist in arthropod vectors could be better defined – almond leaf scorch is not a high priority issue for the almond industry, no mention was made of plum pox virus which may be aphid transmitted and could have severe impacts when it arrives, and given the potential impact of HLB, a position focused solely on this vector/disease may be considered. The three positions mentioned above, all located at KARE, have been proposed by either UCR or UCD. While we recognize that combining the positions would involve intercampus discussion and cooperation, we urge such discussions.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM by Bob Klein

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