Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Insect Ecology & Behavior Laboratory

Employment and Assistantship Opportunities


A graduate student could carve out a niche in any of the areas below or in the general areas of insect ecology, behavior, biological control or pest management. Dr. Jones' lab facilities include 2 wind tunnels, a complete ELISA (enzyme-linked immunoassay) set up, rearing facilities, offices, and both wet and dry lab space. If you are interested in pursuing your graduate degree in this lab, you can email Dr. Jones here.

  • Integration of biological control into IPM programs in deciduous fruit.
  • Determining the population-level mechanisms by which mating disruption acts on target pests and how their behavior is influenced by saturating an area with sex pheromone.
  • Spatial distribution and movement patterns of pests and their natural enemies within orchards and between orchards and their surrounding habitats.
  • Development of decision support systems and phenology models of pests and their natural enemies to enhance IPM programs in deciduous fruits.
  • Development of monitoring systems for natural enemies using semiochemicals.

Students must complete required course work on the Pullman campus in addition to working on research projects out of the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. Typically, a student would stay in Pullman during the school year then return to Wenatchee for the summer. Occasionally, students may commute between the two locations as needed. Once course work is completed, the student would be located in Wenatchee until research is complete.


Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

There are no Post-doc openings at this time.


Associate in Research

There are no technician openings at this time.

Vincent P. Jones

Professor & Entomologist

Department of Entomology, Washington State University Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA 98801

(509) 663-8181 ext. 273 (phone) (509) 662-8714 (fax)



Links of Interest

Codling moth mating videos

Immuno-marking studies

Decision Aid System user statistics


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