Research opportunities


Research Opportunities

posted Jul 23, 2010, 12:03 AM by IRRC Coordination Unit   [ updated Jan 14, 2017, 11:00 PM by Reianne Quilloy ‎(IRRI)‎ ]

Potential Post-graduate Projects

  • Response of rodent populations to changes in rice-based cropping systems 
  • Management of rodents in plateaus and valley floors of upland agricultural systems (Lao PDR, Philippines, or Vietnam) 
  • Cultural and social factors that influence community adoption of ecologically based management of rodent pests 
  • Rodent-disease dynamics of diseases that affect humans in rural agricultural regions in Asia 
  • Quantitative studies to validate whether selected mammals or bird species are robust indicators of healthy agricultural ecosystems 
  • Experimental studies of the efficacy of fertility control of rodents 
  • Predator-prey relationships

Contact Grant Singleton (g.singleton@irri.org) if you are interested in a PhD or MSc studies in Asia. You must have a scholarship or are about to apply for a scholarship.

Current Research

  • Nyo Me Htwe (PhD degree)

Completed Students' Projects

  • Richard Williams (PhD degree), University of Sydney, Australia. 
  • Yee Yee Lwin (PhD degree), Yangon University, Myanmar. Breeding ecology, population dynamics and habitat use of rodents in rural villages. 
  • Aye Myint Thwe (PhD degree), Yangon University, Myanmar. Breeding ecology, population dynamics and habitat use of rodents in rainfed agricultural systems. 
  • Alex Stuart (PhD degree), University of Reading, United Kingdom. 2009. Rodent ecology and management in the complex lowland agro-ecosystems of the Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor, Philippines. 
  • Peter Brown (PhD degree), University of South Wales, Australia. 2005. Compensation by populations of rodent pests to applied control measures in intensive cropping systems. 
  • Moe Thida (MSc degree), Yezin Agriculture University, Myanmar. 2006. The impact of rodents on postharvest storage of rice. 
  • Nyo Me Htwe (MSc degree), Yezin Agriculture University, Myanmar. 2006. Relationship between rodent abundance, damage, and yield loss in Myanmar. 
  • Alex Stuart (MSc degree), University of Reading, United Kingdom. 2004. The habitat use (and feeding ecology) of Chrotomys whiteheadii and Rattus everetti in the Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines. 
  • Rachel Green, Imperial College, University of Reading, United Kingdom. 2003. Trap efficacy and rodent biology in the trap barrier system in lowland irrigated rice at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.

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