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

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