Assistant Professor in Fish and Wildlife Biology, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Fish and Wildlife Biology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are seeking an innovative field biologist with expertise in quantitative methods and the ability to link fundamental research to applied issues in fisheries science, wildlife management and/or conservation biology. Research areas of interest include movement ecology, bioenergetics, population dynamics, trophic interactions, and food webs. Research that includes social and policy dimensions with a geographical focus on the North is desirable.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline and will have post-doctoral experience and a record of publication in high-quality scholarly journals. The position will require the development of a strong externally-funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. It will involve teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as service to the university and scholarly communities. Collaboration in research and teaching is encouraged with others in the Department, Faculty and University as well as in research networks such as the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is a community of researchers in wildlife and fisheries biology, forest and landscape ecology, entomology, microbiology, soil science, ecotoxicology, economics and natural resource policy. The position will be a key component of the research and graduate teaching in wildlife biology and will complement our current strengths in mammalogy, ornithology, and landscape ecology. We are committed to excellent teaching in several environmentally-oriented undergraduate majors and specializations offered through the Faculty and the McGill School of Environment.

McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from the city of Montreal. The Campus comprises 650 hectares of farm and forested lands, commercial and research animal facilities, experimental field stations and state-of-the-art student learning facilities.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as biology or environmental science.

Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but appointment at a higher rank is possible under exceptional circumstances.

Applications should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes achievements and future plans, up to three publications in PDF format, a summary of teaching interests and experience, and letters from three professional references who can evaluate their candidacy for a tenure-track position. The position start date is on or after August 1, 2017.

For more information about the Department and Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, visit our web sites at:;

Inquiries about this position may be sent to the Chair of the Department, Dr. Brian Driscoll,

Review of applications will begin on March 29, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Canadian Museum of Nature Visiting Scientist Awards. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

Financial Grants for Travel Costs

The Centre for Species Discovery and Change at the museum awards annual travel grants for research in plant, animal, mineral and fossil systematics.

The main objective of the Canadian Museum of Nature Visiting Scientist Awards is to assist collection-based systematics studies by

  • facilitating and supporting access to the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • providing external expertise enhancing the state of curation of the museum’s collections.

Enhanced curation could include

  • designation of types
  • updated taxonomy
  • specimen-level data-basing
  • specimen sorting and identification, particularly in taxa for which the museum lacks in-house expertise, etc.

See for information on how to apply.

Graduate student positions – Laurentian University

Our research lab is looking for three new graduate students, all funded.

PhD student – We are looking for a PhD student to work on questions related to the microbiome and captive populations, particularly endangered species of mammals. Funding for the student’s stipend is provided by the NSERC CREATE training program ReNewZoo (, and the project is a collaboration with Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco at the Toronto Zoo. ReNewZoo is a training program for graduate students that involves a research thesis, internships at a zoo/aquarium, and a specialized on-line course. Students earn a certificate in Zoo Conservation recognized by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

MSc student – As part of a long-term small mammal-monitoring program in Alqonquin Provincial Park, we are seeking an MSc student to test hypotheses related to host-parasite interactions (fleas and their rodent hosts). Funding for the student’s stipend is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF). The project is in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Bowman, Research Scientist at OMNRF.

MSc/PhD student – We have been investigating the evolutionary and physiological ecology of urban mammals, and are looking for a graduate student to continue this work. We have used eastern chipmunks and raccoons to examine phenotypic differences between wild and urban populations. Funding provided by the Canada Research Chair in Applied Evolutionary Ecology.

Our lab ( is a dynamic group that is part of the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC – at Laurentian University. Our students benefit from a highly collaborative atmosphere, where graduate students will integrate their own work with other researchers, both at Laurentian and beyond. We work on questions of both applied and theoretical interest, mostly on mammals.

Please contact Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde ( if interested.

Ph. D. position with Jeff Houlahan’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences/The Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB Saint John). Application deadline: 1 July, 2017.

The Houlahan lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in fundamental questions in population and/or community ecology to begin in the fall of 2017 (although later start dates could be negotiated). We are happy to hear from students with a wide range of interests – some examples of topics include (i) the relationship between diversity and stability, (ii) the relative importance of density dependent effects on population dynamics, and (iii) the stability of competitive hierarchies in nature but we are less concerned about the question than the approach. The approach would involve developing theoretical and/or statistical models that would then be tested on new data (see Houlahan et al. 2017 in Oikos) to assess the predictive ability of those models and how predictive ability changes over time and space. The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills, and more particularly, be somebody who is comfortable analyzing data and modeling in something like R or Python. Students will have an opportunity to improve their analytical and modeling skills, become better grounded in basic ecology theory, and improve writing, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. We are interested in ecology, environmental science, computer science and/or mathematics students. Funding of at least $21,000/year is guaranteed for 4 years and comes from TA’ships, RA’ships and scholarships.

The University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive university with campuses in Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with approximately 10,000 students. The Houlahan lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences and The Canadian Rivers Institute at the Saint John campus. This is a vibrant department with a focus on aquatic and marine biology and more than 50 graduate students. Saint John is a small (pop – 68,000) attractive, coastal city in southern New Brunswick.

If you are interested in the position drop me a note at and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 2017.

Postdoctoral Position: Theoretical Ecology and Synthesis. Application deadline: 3 March, 2017.

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph, starting as early as summer 2017. Salary is $52,000 per year plus benefits for up to three years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record to work in a highly collaborative group setting. The successful applicant will use their strong mathematical, statistical and computational methods to both develop original theory and synthesize/analyze empirical patterns using relatively large ecological datasets (including time series). The area of research is broadly posed but is focused around understanding the impacts of agriculture and climate change on the structure and function of ecological systems. The PDF will be a part of a new Biodiversity Resilience Network (BiRN) starting at the University of Guelph.   Candidates with a background in mathematics are also encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Kevin McCann, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada []. Applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

Fully funded MSc Position: Modeling post-fire forest cover by linking species traits with fire severity

A fully funded MSc position with Dr. Azim Mallik in the Department of Biology, Lakehead University is available examining the changes in forest cover type after wildfires and prescribed burning in Pakaskwa National Park. This will be achieved by linking fire survival and regeneration traits of dominant species with fire severity. The research project is supported by the Parks Canada. The student will work closely with another MSc student performing experimental work on abiotic trait filtering by different levels of fire severity leading forest composition change. I am looking for an HBSc Forestry, Biology or Geography graduate with experience in remote sensing and GIS and interest in modeling plant regeneration traits with habitat conditions. You will link environmental variables created by high and low severity fires with species traits and predict changes in species composition.

Salary/stipend: Up to CND$25,000 per year for two years including GA


– A thesis based (research) BSc. degree in Biology/Forestry/Geography with experience in GIS and remote sensing.
– Experience in managing and analyzing large plant and environmental data sets.
– Experience and/or willingness to learn about climate change models and use of plant traits and fire severity to predict forest cover change by climate change scenario analysis.

Apply asap via e-mail to Dr. Azim Mallik ( with

i)  a cover letter describing your background and research experience


ii)  an up-to-date CV,


iii)  unofficial transcript(s),


iv)  example(s) of your writing (e.g. extract from your thesis, or a class project).

Graduate Student Opportunity in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Pittsburgh

The Turcotte Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for PhD students to experimentally test the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in the field. Using various plant and insect study systems and complementary approaches, including experimental evolution, modeling, and genetic analyses, we test cutting-edge hypotheses in Evolutionary Ecology. We are especially interested in testing how rapid phenotypic changes, both plastic and evolutionary, impact concurrent ecological dynamics and species interactions. The aim of the lab is to disentangle and quantify how ecological and evolutionary processes reciprocally impact each other and understand their importance in nature.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information

I am also presenting at CSEE 2017. If you would like to meet please send me an email (

The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university and the Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place to live (info). It is often voted the ‘Most Livable city in the U.S.’ (info). All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research assistantships. Although funding from the lab itself is available, I expect all prospective students to apply for external funding.

Prospective students should email me with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in the lab and describe your past research experience. Please include your C.V., any publications, and contact information for a few references.



Graduate Research Opportunities in Adaptation Across Species’ Ranges

We are recruiting two graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on the ecology and genetics of adaptation and geographic range limits in flowering plants endemic to the wonderful Pacific coastal dunes of California and adjacent Oregon and Baja California. The students would be co-supervised by Chris Eckert (Queen’s U) and Karen Samis (U Prince Edward Island) and based in the Biology Department at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Our research programs provide opportunities for diverse graduate student projects, and PhD students, especially, are encouraged to develop their own research directions. Here are some examples:

(1) Using experimental evolution to investigate constraints on adaptation at and beyond geographical range limits.
(2) Contribution of hybridization to adaptation across geographic ranges.
(3) Does geographic variation in metapopulation dynamics yield stable range limits?
(4) Reproductive isolation during diversification of the mating system and life history across species’ ranges.

All projects will involve considerable field work in California, Oregon and Mexico, field experiments and genomic analyses.

Here’s some background reading:

Samis, K.E., A. López-Villalobos & C.G. Eckert. 2016. Strong genetic differentiation but not local adaptation toward the range limit of a coastal dune plant. Evolution doi: 10.1111/evo.13047
Hargreaves, A.L., K.E. Samis and C.G. Eckert. 2014. Are species’ range limits simply niche limits writ large? A review of transplant experiments beyond the range. American Naturalist 183: 157–173.
Samis, K.E. and C.G. Eckert. 2009. Ecological correlates of fitness across the northern geographic range limit of a pacific coast dune plant. Ecology 90: 3051–3061.
Eckert, C.G., K.E. Samis & S.C. Lougheed. 2008. Genetic variation across species’ geographic ranges: the central-marginal hypothesis and beyond. Molecular Ecology 17: 1170-1188.
Darling, E., K.E. Samis & C.G. Eckert. 2008. Increased seed dispersal potential towards geographic range limits in a Pacific coast dune plant. New Phytologist 178: 424-435.
Samis, K.E. & C.G. Eckert. 2007. Testing the abundant center model using range-wide demographic surveys of two coastal dune plants. Ecology 88: 1747–1758.

For more details and recent publications, please check out our web sites:

The Biology Department at Queen’s University ( includes active research groups in diverse areas, including plant ecology & evolution, behavioural ecology, molecular population genetics & systematics, paleolimnology, and plant physiology & molecular biology. Our large community of graduate students provides a stimulating & friendly academic environment. Graduate students are guaranteed financial support of $22,000/year from scholarships, research stipends & teaching assistantships (2 years for an MSc, 4 years for a PhD,

The position is open to all students who are Canadian citizens. Acceptance of international students is contingent on successful application for a tuition waiver or independent funding to cover foreign student tuition fees.

If you are interested, please send a CV and contact information for at least 2 academic references plus a covering letter.

Informal inquiries are also welcome.

Dr. Christopher G. Eckert        and      Dr. Karen Samis