We are looking for a motivated young environmental scientist for developing a master’s project in the context of pest and diseases in agricultural landscapes. This project aims at investigating how agricultural landscape features influences the dispersion, distribution and spread of pests. This knowledge will be used to develop a spatially explicit model to estimate the potential effects of landscape structure on crop yield losses. Furthermore, a risk assessment of crop pest and disease spread will be developed at a regional and local levels. This task will involve monitoring the distribution and movement of model species in the field (e.g., crop, forest, grassland) and in laboratory experiments. This is an interdisciplinary project and involves knowledge on ecology, agronomy, geographic information system and modelling techniques.
The position is associated with the DAKIS (Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System), funded under the umbrella of the BMBF “Agricultural systems of the future” program. Our vision is that agricultural systems of the future can be spatially differentiated and functionally diversified by automated small-scale production systems, and tailored to society's needs for marketable goods as well as non-marketable goods through new, innovative information and management systems. Work will be conducted in Münchenberg, in association with the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the University of Potsdam.
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