Project FA16f: Home garden as a site of agrobiodiversity resilience

Project FA16f: Home garden as a site of agrobiodiversity resilience

Researcher: Yooinn Hong yxh186@psu.edu

Position type: Literature Review and data analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

Project and position description

This project contributes to doctoral dissertation research on factors affecting home garden plant diversity with an aim to ultimately link them to see what home garden plants mean for small farmer livelihoods (e.g. Who grows more diverse gardens? Old residents or newcomers to a village?). I am looking to compare data collected from the study site (Jeju, Korea, a rural, subtropical island) with data gathered from home gardens around the world. Since there are substantial differences between home garden studies (e.g. tropical or temperate, rural or urban, main commercial crops), I would need some large scale review of home gardens, their biophysical/socioeconomic contexts, and the resulting plant diversity data. The final goal of this position is to create an Excel spreasheet of publications that study home garden agrobiodiversity (plant diversity) around the world. The assistant can develop skills needed to look for and identify relevant literature, compare between scholarly papers, and situate a study among a sea of literature.

Desired qualifications

The successful applicant will have college-level English proficiency (reading, listening) and will have meaningfully and appropriately used journal articles for class paper(s). He or she will know where to look for information and how to make a complete research citation, and should possess basic knowledge in world geography (e.g. Where is Sri Lanka located? Does it have a temperate or tropical climate?) This project will require 45-135 hours of work over the course of the semester, and the successful applicant will earn 1-3 credits for the fall term.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on the indicated date. Follow all instructions.