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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

111 Medical Acarology/Entomology Specialist - CNR

The Assistant CE Specialist in Medical Acarology/Entomology will lead an applied research and outreach program that seeks to improve the management of ticks, mites, and other human ectoparasites and to decrease risk of disease transmission by them.  For example, valuable research could evaluate the ecological and environmental requirements for these ectoparasites, efficacy of personal protection measures to reduce human biting by them, their associated feeding behaviors and habits (including on suitable non-human host animals that introduce ectoparasites into peri-domestic settings), and management strategies to reduce their populations or contact with at-risk humans.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage



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I am a professor in the School of Vet Med, UC Davis. I do research on ticks and tick-borne disease although that is not obligatory in the sense that I am free to pursue any research I deem appropriate and fundable. Besides myself now, there are very few resources agencies, the public, and researchers can access to understand current trends in tick-borne disease risk, new diseases, tick expansion, climate impacts on ticks, and other related problems. An extension specialist would be a phenomenally appropriate source of such expertise and serve a highly valuable service.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 12:11 PM by Janet Foley
As President of, a leading patient advocacy nonprofit based in California, and as a resident of a highly endemic (Lyme disease) rural community in Mendocino County, I fully support the creation of this position. For decades we have benefited from the attentions of distinguished UC Berkeley entomologist, Robert Lane, who has added immensely to the scientific knowledge about ticks and tick-borne diseases in California. In my community Dr. Lane contributed critical data on ticks and wildlife infection prevalence to a study which found that 1/3 of the residents had definite or probable Lyme disease. We need more people capable of building on Dr. Lane's foundational work.

From my work as a patient advocate, I know that Lyme and associated tick-borne co-infections are a huge public health concern in California, even in the southern part of the state. Official surveillance figures reflect only a fraction of the thousands of people affected every year. Many lose their jobs and become disabled. Many are children. The incidence numbers increase year after year; we have not found any effective means to control the epidemic. We desperately need more science on tick control and disease prevention. encourages UC to establish this important and much-needed position. We would be more than happy to collaborate and support the program in any way possible.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:53 PM by Phyllis Mervine
As an epidemiologist in State Public Health with specific responsibilities related to tick-borne and other vector-borne diseases, I fully encourage and support the creation of this position. The person in this position would fill a critical void in medical entomology- specifically the connection between state public health and university-led ecological/entomological research. Though this area has been admirably filled in past years, such positions have disappeared and personnel retired. Medical-entomological research is a complex area that requires detailed field work and collaborations to address questions such as how does pathogen/host/ecological diversity impact disease occurrence; what are best practices to promote prevention of disease/ and how might our shifting populations impact disease introduction? In public health, we have limited ability to address such questions, yet we are made aware all the time of not only the potential for new tick-borne diseases to emerge but other vector borne diseases are knocking on California doors (cases of leishmaniasis from returning service people or dogs- what is potential of transmission here); knowledge that some species of reduviid bugs in CA can carry Chagas disease - what is human exposure potential here; the increasingly resistant bed bug pest poses unanswered public health questions that a university expert in this position would be well poised to address. The worldwide attention on Zika virus and expansion of the Aedes vector mosquito is yet another (and very visible) example where the perspective of a medical entomologist is critical.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:11 AM by Anne Kjemtrup, DVM, MPVM, PhD, California Department of Public Health

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