[permaculture] Grad Research opening in Perennial Polycultures at U of Illinois

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 23:34:05 EST 2015

This is fantastic! There should be a long list of applicants for this

I would like to see someone tackle studies in cropping options for the
Black Earth Region in Ukraine.
There is a Black Earth Region in Russia but it is all in colder climatic
So, with Ukraine fully independent from Russia and becoming part of the EU
eventually possibilities exist for foreign investment in agricultural
ventures in that country.
...............the challenge is to come up with agricultural schemes that
interest Ukrainians that do not include monsanto and their friends, i.e.
keep methods that demand GMO's, all categories pesticides and chemical
fertilizers out of the country; instead rely exclusively on natural methods
and materials and permaculture.

Rafter, have you met Joel Gruver at the University of Illinois? I think he
is in crop science and is an amazing agronomist.

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM, rafter sass ferguson <
liberationecology at gmail.com> wrote:

> Available 2015 (May or August)
> Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PhD)
> Multifunctional Landscape Analysis & Design Lab (MLAD)
> Applications are being accepted for Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
> to the program on multifunctional landscapes in the Department of Crop
> Sciences at University of Illinois.
> MLAD is committed to the research and development of sustainable solutions
> for our working lands. In the face of current challenges that threaten our
> world including climate change, water shortages, and food insecurity, new
> alternatives for our landscape are needed. We believe that landscapes
> designed to provide multiple ecological, cultural, and production functions
> will be more sustainable and able to meet these challenges. Our lab group
> works on projects located on urban and agricultural sites in the Midwest,
> the Northeast, and elsewhere in the United States. MLAD has access to
> extensive resources including a network of Field Research Centers
> throughout the state, one of the largest library systems in the world, and
> the National Center for Supercomputing. See the website for more details:
> www.multifunctionallandscape.com.
> This position is being supported by the Institute for Sustainability,
> Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois (
> http://sustainability.illinois.edu/) to work on the thematic area of
> “Secure and Sustainable Agriculture”. Our specific project, entitled
> “Multifunctional Woody Polyculture for Sustainable Food Production”, will
> compare a variety of different mixtures of trees, shrubs, and pasture as an
> alternative to our existing row crop agricultural systems in a brand new
> field site established this year. In addition to providing food products
> such as fruits and nuts, the complex mix of species in these systems could
> offer environmental benefits such as stabilizing soil, storing carbon, and
> conserving biodiversity — all of which we will measure. Specific
> responsibilities for the GRA will involve a strong field component
> for: evaluating
> survival of newly established species, monitoring soil characteristics and
> other variables in plots, recording inputs such as labor, and assisting
> with data collection at existing farms. Graduate Research Assistants are
> expected to participate in data entry, preparation of research papers,
> presentation of results at scientific meetings, statistical analysis, and
> graphical illustration of data.
> The Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship includes a stipend of
> approximately $23,000 (MS) or $25,000 (PhD) per year, plus a tuition
> waiver. The workload is expected to average a minimum of 20 hours per week
> on research (plus more during the field season), in addition to coursework
> over a 12-month period. Interested students, please send me (Dr. Sarah
> Taylor Lovell) a cover letter explaining your background and experience,
> along with your curriculum vitae. Admission will also require receipt of a
> completed application to our Graduate Program. You can find information on
> admissions and a link to applications on the Crop Sciences website:
> http://cropsci.illinois.edu/graduate/admission.
> Contact information:
> Sarah Taylor Lovell, MLA, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Landscape Agroecology
> Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
> Phone: 217-244-3433 Email: stlovell at illinois.edu
> Website: www.multifunctionallandscape.com
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