PhD Network modelling of seed biosecurity risk

The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand, is offering a fully funded PhD fellowship through the New Zealand Better Border Biosecurity consortium. This is a fantastic opportunity for a student wanting to develop skills in applying network approaches to ecological problems. The student will become an integral member of a national research team undertaking a high-profile project. The aim of the project is to explore how network models can help us understand the risk posed by pests and weeds spreading through the national and international movement of commercial seed. Farms benefit from, and are exposed to risk via, the import, multiplication, and export of seed for planting. Incursions related to this pathway in New Zealand include the weeds black grass and velvet-leaf and the insect pest, pea weevil. Contamination of seed lots with weed seed could cause problems in New Zealand or impact market access.