TENURE TRACK POSITION IN RANGE & FORAGE MANAGEMENT

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in the area of range and forage utilization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the area of rangeland ecology and management at the undergraduate level, develop a  graduate course in his or her area of expertise, supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and perform outreach duties as required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead a vigorous, independent research program which will involve applied research of direct interest to industry and producers, as well as basic research that would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding. Applications from grassland ecologists from any sub-discipline or from ecologists who work with grazing animals in native vegetation are welcomed.

Full details can be found at the following link: http://jobs.usask.ca/job_postings/jobs/usfa1728.php#.WJIPRn-m_Fk

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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: http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/department-natural-resource-sciences; www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.

Inquiries about this position may be sent to the Chair of the Department, Dr. Brian Driscoll, brian.driscoll@mcgill.ca

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

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE AT: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8947

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.

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 (http://renewzoo.ca), 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 (http://appliedevoeco.org) is a dynamic group that is part of the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC – http://ceeec.ca) 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 (aschultehostedde@laurentian.ca) 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 jeffhoul@unb.ca and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 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

Requirements

– 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 (amallik@lakeheadu.ca) 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 www.martinturcotte.net

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

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 turcotte@pitt.edu 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.

 

Mart

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:
http://post.queensu.ca/~eckertc/Eckert_Lab/
http://people.upei.ca/ksamis/Samis_Homepage/

The Biology Department at Queen’s University (https://biology.queensu.ca) 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, https://biology.queensu.ca/academics/graduate/).

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
chris.eckert@queensu.ca                   ksamis@upei.ca

MASTER’S POSITION IN THEORETICAL COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with a strong academic record to undertake a master’s research project on the effect of landscape connectivity on the diversity and trophic structure of forest ecological communities.

Project summary: Anthropogenic transformations of landscapes impact ecological community in complex ways. Understanding the relationship between spatial and temporal biodiversity patterns and the processes of habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation constitutes an important challenge for preserving the functioning and structure of forest ecological communities. As part of this project, the student will be in responsible for developing a dynamical model to study the influence of habitat connectivity and species dispersal on diversity and trophic structure within forest metacommunities.

The candidate will enroll in the Master’s program in biology and will join the Center for Forest Research under the supervision of Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ) and Daniel Kneeshaw (UQAM).
Starting date: summer 2017 or fall 2017.
Stipend: 15,000$/year for 2 years.

Expertise/ Profile required

  •   BSc in biological sciences or related disciplines *AND* good knowledge and skills in modelling and quantitative analysis.OR

    BSc in mathematics or physics *AND* a high motivation to learn community ecology.

  •   Familiar with computer programming (R, matlab, C or python).
  •   Independent, rigorous and excellent skills in analysis and problem solving.
  •   Be able to work and write in French and English (or motivation to do so).Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short motivation letter (max 1 page), and the contact information of two referees to: elise.filotas@teluq.ca. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

PhD POSITION IN FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate to undertake a PhD in ecosystem modelling to compare the long-term and large-scale impact of even and uneven-aged management on forest sustainability

Project summary: Uneven-aged management (i.e. partial logging) is gaining strong public support due to numerous finding showing that in the first few years following logging, at the stand scale, it provides more habitat for biodiversity, store more carbon, and are better for recreational and touristic purposes than are even-aged management (i.e. clearcuts). However, few studies have examined the large-scale, long-term effects of uneven-aged management on forest sustainability. Because uneven-aged management practices usually require the construction of more roads they may also lead, on large spatial and temporal scales, to increase forest loss and fragmentation, as well as carbon emission. As part of this project, the student will use a spatially explicit model of forest dynamics to investigate the impact of harvesting strategies with different levels of retention and spatial distributions on available wood volume, road construction and landscape connectivity for biodiversity.

The candidate will enroll in PhD program in biology or environmental sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and will join the Center for Forest Research under the supervision of Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ) and Christian Messier (UQAM-UQO).
Starting date: summer 2017 or fall 2017.

Stipend: 20,000$/year for 3 years.

Expertise/ Profile required

  •   MSc in biological sciences or related discipline *AND* good knowledge and skills in computer modelling and quantitative analysis.

    OR

    MSc in mathematics, physics or computer science *AND* a high motivation to learn forest ecology.

  •   Familiar with computer programming (R, matlab, C or python).
  •   Independent, rigorous and excellent skills in analysis and problem solving.
  •   Be able to work and write in French and English (or motivation to do so).

    Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short motivation letter (max 1 page), and the contact information of two referees to: elise.filotas@teluq.ca. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

FOUR FUNDED PHD AND MSC POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT THREE CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES (CONCORDIA, CALGARY, UQAM): THE GENE-TO-ECOSYSTEM CONSEQUENCES OF FISHERIES-INDUCED EVOLUTION

We are seeking highly motivated PhD and MSc students to investigate the eco-evolutionary consequences of different harvesting practices in natural fish populations, from genes to ecosystems. This is an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experimentally-replicated depletion of natural populations of a socio-economically important fish (brook trout) in closed ecosystems where the species is invasive and the target of removal efforts, in exceptionally beautiful places (Rocky mountain alpine lakes). The research offers an outstanding opportunity for student training in applied conservation and fisheries science research as a collaborative NSERC Strategic Project between three universities (Concordia University, UQAM, Calgary), Parks Canada, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Fisheries & Oceans Canada. The four student projects (*location) are:

Project1 (PhD): Does FIE affect population-productivity relationships? (Calgary)
Project2 (PhD): Does FIE cause genomic changes to functional phenotypes?(Concordia or Calgary)
Project 3 (MSc): What are long-term population genomic consequences of FIE? (Concordia or Calgary)
Project 4 (PhD): Does FIE alter ecosystem functioning linked to fisheries productivity? (UQAM)

Applicants should be team-oriented, autonomous, and have demonstrated oral/written communication skills and quantitative skills (e.g. R stats). Applicants should also have a keen interest and/or background in evolutionary ecology (project 1), conservation genetics/genomics (projects 2,3) or aquatic community and ecosystem ecology (project 4). Field experience is an asset for all projects; french is not required but is encouraged for projects based at Concordia/UQAM. The project start date is May 2017.

Interested applicants should send (electronically) a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts and the names of two references to Dylan Fraser, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Concordia University; Email: dylan.fraser@concordia.ca, Tel: (514) 848-2424 ex. 8729. Lab website: http://www.dylanfraser.com

Other professors involved in this research:

John Post, Professor Email: jrpost@ucalgary.ca
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Calgary
http://bio.ucalgary.ca/bio_info/profiles/john-robert-post

Sean Rogers, Associate Professor Email: srogers@ucalgary.ca
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Calgary
Lab website: http://people.ucalgary.ca/~srogers/

Alison Derry, Associate Professor Email: derry.alison@uqam.ca
Département des sciences biologiques, UQAM
Lab website: http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html
http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/Francais/Bienvenue.html