Call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. Application deadline: November 1, 2017..

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2017.  See for more details.

Please see to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.


Sally Otto

Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC
Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
604 822 2778 (work)

PhD position available to study spatial ecology of bumble bee pollinators of blueberry in Canada

We are seeking a graduate student to begin work on a PhD in January 2018, to join the labs of Paul Galpern and Ralph Cartar at the University of Calgary, in a biology department with considerable expertise in pollination and pollinator ecology, and beneficial insects.

The funded research will involve landscape-scale study of wild-nesting bumble bee pollinators of blueberries in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.  It will examine landscape context, off-crop foraging alternatives, distance-based foraging, foraging competitors, and reproductive success of bumble bee colonies in the context of wild bumble bees providing ecosystem pollination services to blueberry crops.  The project will involve an integration of landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, and will span basic and applied ecology.

Applications are welcome immediately, and selection of a candidate will likely happen before 31 October 2017. Canadian applicants already holding an MSc would best fit the short timeline for entry into the program by January 2018. Salary stipend is $23,000 per year, some of which would obtain from TAing a course in the Fall term.

To apply, please email a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of 3 referees to:  Paul Galpern <> or Ralph Cartar <>


M.Sc. Opportunity: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in Moose Ecology


Moose populations in North America are starting to decline with reasons not well understood. Moose are the primary source of protein for many Indigenous groups and preserving this species is not only important in terms of food acquisition and sustaining ecological integrity, but essential for securing traditional ways of life and cultural values associated with this species. An M.Sc. student will investigate the demographics of declining moose populations in Ontario with a focus on integrating Indigenous Knowledge with western science techniques. The M.Sc. candidate will be based out of Laurentian University and will collaborate with Dr. Jesse Popp, Dr. Frank Mallory, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, and Indigenous communities within the Anishinabek Nation.


Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field with a grade average of 70% or higher. Previous experience in large mammal ecology is desirable, but not essential. Experience in Indigenous cultural settings considered an asset.

Anticipated Start Date

January 2018


~$17,000 per year (funding pending)

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, c.v., and a list of 3 references electronically to: Dr. Jesse N. Popp, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON. P3E 2C6,


Ph.D. positions, Biology Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Application deadline: Oct 27, 2017.

The Swanson Lab is recruiting two PhD students for exciting, multi-disciplinary work in Canada’s north. Students should have a BSc or MSc degree in aquatic ecology, fisheries ecology, or a related field, and be independent, self-motivated. A strong work ethic is required. These projects would be based out of the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Graduate Project #1: Arctic fish ecology and contaminant accumulation

Northern Water Futures (Dehcho Region, NWT)

This project will assess interactions of life history, trophic ecology, and mercury concentrations in northern fishes used in subsistence and commercial fisheries. Both field work in the north, as well as lab work will be required for this project. The student will examine fish movements (telemetry) by tagging live fish with acoustic tags. The health and life history of fish will be examined by collecting tissue and bone samples to examine chemical tracers (stable isotopes). The student will also be trained in science communication skills, such that they can successfully present their work to multiple stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples.

Graduate Project #2: Arctic fish genetics and habitat use

Coastal Restoration Fund-Fisheries and Ocean Canada (Kugluktuk, NU)

Isostatic rebound and climate change are affecting the ability of anadromous fishes, such as the SARA-listed (“special concern”) species Dolly Varden Char (Salvelinus malma malma) and Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) to successfully migrate between spawning, rearing, and overwintering habitats in coastal freshwater systems and summer feeding habitats at sea; low flows in migratory streams can result in fish stranding, and subsequent declines in productivity of fisheries. The student will use genetic samples to identify if the fish in these streams are only Arctic Char, or if SARA-listed Dolly Varden are also present. The student will also use chemical tracers or radio tags to examine fish movement in coastal streams.

Experience desired: BSc in biology, MSc preferred. Valid Canadian driver’s licence. Students should have taken undergraduate courses in statistics/experimental design. Experience in aquatic sample collection, ecotoxicology, use of field multi-meters, stable isotope analysis, mercury analysis, and/or otolith microchemistry would be considered assets.

These projects will involve rewarding field experiences in remote northern communities in Canada. Students would ideally have some experience in travel, backwoods camping, hiking, fishing, operating boats with small outboard motors, driving large trucks with trailers. If you lack this experience, then a good attitude, and the ability/desire to learn these skills will be required.

Interested students should send a CV to Dr. Heidi Swanson by Oct 27, 2017.


Project with M.Sc. Scholarship Functional – Assemblage of vascular and bryophyte plants in arctic tundra, Bylot Island (Nunavut)

Arctic plants experience among the most extreme climatic conditions on Earth. Locally they are also subject to a diversity of resource availability and perturbation gradients, including strong grazing intensity with the large population of Great Snow Geese reported in Bylot Island. How do plants respond to this set of environmental conditions? Do vascular plants respond in a similar way than bryophytes? Can we apply the same response laws for these two major plant groups?

The objective of the student will be to quantify the functional assembling of arctic tundra communities in response to a gradient of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization coupled with a contrast of grazing pressure (Snow Goose exclosure), which had been set up 16 years ago. A comparative approach will be used by measuring on both vascular plants and bryophytes the plant functional traits that characterize their strategies to survive, grow and reproduce in such harsh environments.

We are looking for a candidate passionate about botany, northern and community ecology. The student will work with a team of ecologists from the Universities of Laval and Quebec in Trois-Rivières, under the supervision of Line Rochefort (site web) and Vincent Maire (site web). The work will take place both in the field at a remote area site in the Arctic (Bylot Island) as well as in the laboratory. She or he may be based at U. Laval or UQTR with stays at the co-supervisor university, and will be affiliated with the Research Center for Northern Studies.

This is a fully funded position with an annual stipend of $15,000 CAD per year (for two years). Candidates who already have a major scholarship (eg NSERC, FQRNT) or who will obtain it during the Master’s degree will receive additional profits. Teaching opportunities can be proposed according to the interest and expertise of the student. The student will ideally start in the winter of 2018 but with an opportunity to start in the summer of 2018.

If you are interested in this offer, send to and, by December 1, 2018: (1) your CV, (2) an unofficial transcript of marks (3) a short description of your research interests and your career plan, and (4) the names and email addresses of 3 people who can provide an assessment of your ability to do a master degree in research. Preference will be given to Canadian students and permanent residents. Applications may be accepted after December 1 if the position is not filled.


M.Sc. in Theoretical Epidemiology –  Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Hurford ( and Tahlan ( laboratories at Memorial University (Canada) are recruiting 1 M.Sc. student to design and perform experiments, and to develop models and analyze data for a host-parasite model system. The experimental system involves Klebsiella sp. infection of nematodes. The theoretical models used to describe this system will consider coinfection and disease-induced mortality for different Klebsiella strains.

A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available for conference travel. The ideal candidate will have experience deriving mathematical models, and epidemiological models in particular, and experience simulating and fitting these models to data. An interest in microbiology is necessary and previous experience in microbiology is an asset, however, all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford ( This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before October 31, 2017, but applications received after this date may be considered. Applicants should be able to begin their studies in May or September, 2018.

Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc:


Assistant Professor – Molecular Evolution, York University. Application deadline: December 1, 2017.

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Molecular Evolution
Home Faculty: Science
Home Department/Area/Division: Biology
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

The Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Molecular Evolution. We are seeking biologists who study molecular evolution using theoretical and/or empirical approaches. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposed research program complement and extends existing research activities of the Ecology and Evolution group.

Evolutionary biology at York ranges from phylogenetics to microevolution. Research interests in molecular evolution at York University include quantifying patterns of natural selection across the genome, quantifying patterns of molecular evolution underlying the evolution of complex traits, and studying the molecular mechanisms underlying rapid phenotypic evolution in invasive populations, and the ability of species to adapt to anthropogenic disturbances.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology or a related discipline, postdoctoral experience, an outstanding research record, demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research, and will be expected to develop an innovative independent research program. The successful candidate must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the department. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

Further information about the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science can be found at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The start date for the position is July 1, 2018. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants should email their curriculum vitae, an outline of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and copies of three publications to, and arrange for three signed reference letters to be sent to the same email address by December 1, 2017. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

Posting End Date: December 1, 2017


Graduate Positions in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

Funding is available for PhD or MSc students in the Morand-Ferron lab, University Research Chair in Cognitive Ecology.

Research on cognitive processes has historically targeted mechanistic questions via neurosciences and psychology, leaving evolutionary considerations mostly unexamined. As a consequence we still do not understand why cognitive abilities vary so drastically between or within-species, or the consequences this variation has on cultural and biological evolution. The graduate projects will seek to: (i) quantify variation in cognitive abilities, i.e. learning, memory, social information use; (ii) examine sources of variation in cognitive performance, including heritability, the developmental environment, and the ecological and social context of tests; and (iii) examine consequences of this variation on life-history traits and fitness.

Cognition, behaviour and winter survival in wild black-capped chickadees, Poecile atricapillus, along an urbanization gradient:
Chickadees form small social groups during the non-breeding season and stay on a common home range throughout winter. This project will investigate the causes and consequences of sociality during the non-breeding season, and examine links between social information use, sociability, leadership, dominance and overwinter survival in wild chickadees. Moreover the project will quantify variation between flocks along an established series of field sites that extends from urban parks in Ottawa to neighbouring rural areas.

Evolutionary ecology of spatial cognition in crickets Gryllus spp.
Crickets have been suggested to use spatial memory of landmarks around their burrow to navigate their environment. This project aims to investigate spatial cognition in males and females crickets, determine the heritability of related traits, and the effect of various ecological conditions during development via controlled experiments in the lab, with a possibility for accompanying field experiments.

Cognition and personality in a colony of zebra finches Taenopygia guttata
Zebra finches allow examining research questions on the development of cognition and correlated traits, and provide opportunities to conduct long-term experiments on individual and social information use and learning.

To apply: Send a short cover letter, resume, and latest unofficial transcript to

Selected candidates will be guaranteed a paid position of 20 000$CAD per year (4 years for PhD, 2 years for MSc). Canadian applicants with >80% CGPA in their last two years of studies automatically obtain a UO scholarship covering tuition fees for the duration of their studies, and are expected to apply for NSERC and OGS scholarships. International graduate students are eligible to a partial scholarship from UO that covers the difference between international and Canadian fees; applicants from French-speaking countries or institutions pay their tuition fees at the level of Canadian citizens (approx. 8000$/year). Ideal candidates would have research experience in cognitive or behavioural ecology; applicants for a PhD position are expected to also have experience with scientific writing.

Dr Julie Morand-Ferron
Associate Professor and University Research Chair in Cognitive Ecology
Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Canada


Postdoctoral Associate in Marine Microbial Ecology

We are seeking two or three post-docs to join an interdisciplinary lab working at the intersection of plankton ecology and the consequences of climate change. We have several active projects including work on marine microbial biogeography and bioinformatic analysis of eukaryotic (protist) transcriptomes. The position is located at Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, Canada). We have strong collaborative relationships with colleagues at MIT and other US universities. Funding is provided by the Simons Foundation and NSERC Canada.

We are seeking independent, creative researchers with a keen interest in developing new computational skills. Your primary focus will likely be in one of statistical modelling, time-series analysis, or bioinformatics.

You should have a PhD with research experience in one or more of statistics, oceanography, or marine ecology. Strong computing skills with experience with R and Bayesian statistical modeling tools would be an asset. Your application should include a c.v., contact information for three referees, and a brief description of your research experience, interests and goals. Send your inquiries or application as a pdf to Andrew Irwin, Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

For more information about the lab go to


MSc position: Ecology and conservation of monarchs using the strontium isotope geolocation tool. Application deadline: November 15th 2017.

Clement P. Bataille (University of Ottawa) is seeking a graduate student to join his research group beginning April 2018 to develop a new isotopic tool to study the ecology of monarchs

The project will involve a combination of experimental, analytical and numerical work to develop a novel isotopic tool to constrain the birthplaces of origin of monarchs that overwinter in Mexico. Monarch numbers have decreased rapidly in the last few decades, and the outcomes of this project will help develop new management strategies to protect habitats and conserve the species.

Location: The home department for the selected student will be the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa but the student will be co-advised by Tyler Flockhart (UMCES).

Field research will involve collecting plants and soils across the United States and Canada (Summer) and managing a team of volunteers.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a strong interest in and knowledge of ecology, conservation, geology, and geochemistry. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in science with excellent academic standing and a valid driver license. Experience in field sampling, geology, clean laboratory isotope geochemistry and proficiency in GIS methods (ArcGIS, or R) will be an advantage. Domestic (Canadian) applicants and/or students eligible for international tuition waiver at University of Ottawa are preferred.

Contact information: Interested individuals should contact Clement Bataille ( & Tyler Flockhart ( Please include your CV, list of references, and unofficial transcripts in a single pdf. Applications sent by November 15th will be given full consideration.