PhD and MSc positions in Conservation Science at University of Northern British Columbia

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab at the University of Northern British Columbia is now seeking two PhD students and two MSc students to undertake theses in the areas of:

1)         Conservation planning. Research in this theme seeks to test existing approaches and develop novel methods for systematic conservation planning in temperate and northern ecosystems.

2)         Cumulative impacts. Research in this theme seeks to elucidate the ecological responses of species and ecosystems to cumulative environmental impacts.

These are general themes, and students will have the latitude to refine their projects based on their interests.

Ideal students will have a strong quantitative background, a passion for biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability, and a desire to work as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, valuable skills for this work are: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS experience. Students will receive a living and tuition stipend and access to departmental scholarships.

Expressions of interest should be made by September 30th for a January 2018 start and by October 30th for a May or September 2018 start.

Contact Oscar Venter at oscar.venter at unbc dot ca to discuss further.


Postdoc position in macro ecology and conservation at the University of Northern British Columbia

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a NASA funded project mapping change in global forest integrity over time, and linking this change to biodiversity trends.

The project team involves investigators from University of Northern British Columbia (Oscar Venter), NASA (Cindy Schmidt), the United Nations Development Program (Jamison Ervin), Wildlife Conservation Society (James Watson), Montana State University (Andrew Hansen), University of Maryland (Matthew Hansen) and Arizona State University (Scott Goetz and Patrick Jantz). The results of this project will inform the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans in 6 partner countries (Columbia, Indonesia, Brazil, DRC, Vietnam, Ecuador).

The postdoc will join the IFD lab for two years, contributing to the project by updating the global human footprint map ( with the latest datasets, as well as investigate empirical links between biodiversity trends and measures of the Human Footprint and forest integrity. Opportunities will be available for independent projects on related topics, as well as supervising graduate students with overlapping interests.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and a desire to contribute to real world conservation outcomes, as well as enjoy working as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, the successful candidate will have some combination of skills in: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS.

Position details: Salary is $55K CND/year, term is 2 years, based in Prince George BC, Canada.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Oscar Venter at oscar.venter@ unbc. ca. For questions, contact Dr Venter.

Review of applications will begin 30 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


PhD Opportunity – Trent University: Climate change and shorebird breeding ecology in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Ontario

One Ph.D. project is available as part of an initiative to improve understanding of how climate change may affect the habitat and ecology of shorebirds breeding in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. This is a great opportunity to directly support wildlife conservation and management and gain experience on a collaborative project with a government agency (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry).

The project will use existing datasets (shorebird nesting, climate, aerial imagery, and remotely sensed products) and new field sampling to assess habitat selection and relationships among variation in climate/weather, the availability of preferred habitat features, and observed patterns in nest site selection and breeding success. The study area is in the Coastal Hudson Bay Lowland Ecoregion, and field work will be based at the Burntpoint Research Station in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario. Target species may include one or more species of shorebirds (e.g. Whimbrel, Dunlin, and Semipalmated plover).

The student will be enrolled in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, and under the co-supervision of Dr. Glen Brown and Dr. Erica Nol. The project will begin January, 2018.


A minimum stipend of $22, 000 per year for three years will be provided (includes a Teaching Assistantship).


Candidates should have a solid background in ecology and an aptitude for statistical and spatial analysis (including geographic information systems and imagery processing), as well as the ability to conduct laborious field work in remote areas for extended periods of time. A willingness to become licensed in firearm use is also required. Prospective students should meet the minimum requirements for admission to the PhD program and possess an 80% average in last two years of undergraduate courses.

Prospective students should send a letter of interest, a CV, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Glen Brown (



PhD in Numerical Evolutionary Physiology and Ecology

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate with a background in biology, ecology or environmental sciences. The candidate should have basic knowledge and skills in quantitative modeling and computer programming. Experience in analyzing large dataset is also a plus. The student will develop an exciting and challenging project aiming to include physiological variation and plasticity detected across different populations and life stages of marine organisms with complex life cycles in species distribution models to study marine species’ responses to ocean warming and acidification. Whilst the northern shrimp Pandalus borealis will represent a primary model for the study, other species of economic and ecological importance will be considered to tackle the central question of the PhD. Biogeographical models outputs will be used by the candidate to develop models useful for ecological risk assessment. The candidate will be based at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), with opportunities to visit the University of British Columbia to work with the co-supervisor. Successful candidate should be proficient in French and English (written and spoken), as she/he is expected to interact and communicate on a regular basis with other students involved in the project, as well as partners and stakeholders, in both languages. Demonstrated experience in scientific writing is a requirement. The position will be fully funded by project grants for up to four years.

Supervisors: Prof. William Cheung (UBC), Prof. Piero Calosi (UQAR).

Funding: Ouranos-MITACS, MEOPAR, NSERC

Partners and stakeholders: Ouranos, MPO, MAPAQ, ACPG, FAP, Aghamm, Amik.

PhD start date: 1st of January 2018

Deadline for application : 1st of October 2017.

Application : send a letter of expression of interest (maximum one page) in both French AND English, as well as a CV (maximum three pages, in English OR French) to piero_calosi AT


PhD student position in Plant Conservation and Phylogeography at Memorial University of Newfoundland-Canada

I am seeking a motivated PhD student to conduct a project with two main objectives. The first is to characterize a trans-Andean migration route for rainforest taxa. This project will use palm taxa (Arecaceae) as case studies to elucidate a pattern of trans-Andean migration across a region of low elevation in the Andes of Loja, Ecuador. There are numerous taxa in the palm family with a disjunct distribution on the pacific side of Ecuador and Colombia (Choco region) and the eastern side of the Andes in Peru and Bolivia (Western Amazonia). Diversification times for taxa on either side of this barrier and a potential directionality of the migration will be inferred through a phylogeographic approach. A second goal is to conduct a conservation genetics study of the palm genus Parajubaea hypothesized to have colonized the Andes from the Atlantic forest of Brazil <22 million years ago. This genus contains only 3 species (did not radiate much), two of which are IUCN threatened with wild populations confined to Bolivia, where it is economically important. Its reproductive biology and specialized habitat could explain its limited diversification and colonization to the rest of the Andes. Other research questions of interest to the student are welcome within the framework of Neotropical plant evolution. The PhD student will work under the mentorship of Dr. Julissa Roncal, and will interact with other graduate and undergraduate students in the team, as well as with collaborators in Ecuador (Dr. Nora Oleas), Colombia (Dr. Maria Jose Sanin) and Bolivia (Dr. Monica Moraes).

Student’s qualifications:

  • A MSc degree in a related discipline (e.g. biology, botany, ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics)·    Experience in organismic botany, phylogenetics and/or population genetics analyses, and bioinformatics is highly desirable.
  • Excellent analytical, organization and communication skills. Attention to detail.

Written and oral proficiency in English is mandatory for international students. TOEFL test required for admission to the university, but not the GRE tests.

Position characteristics:

Project start date is January 5, 2018. The PhD program comprises four years with an annual stipend of $19,500. The student is expected to teach on average 10 hr/wk during the fall and winter semesters but not in the spring. The department of Biology at Memorial University has 29 faculty members and over 100 graduate students. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university offering a multicultural environment. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals, transcripts, and contact information of 3 references (who have agreed to be contacted) in a single pdf or word file to Dr. Julissa Roncal at Email: more information on the research group visit: instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit:


Assistant Professor, Computational Biology, Luther College at the University of Regina. Application deadline: October 31, 2017.

Luther College at the University of Regina invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval. We are seeking an individual who can investigate various complex biological problems, addressing hypothesis-driven biological questions using computational approaches.  Applicants within the numerous sub-fields of computational biology, including, but not limited to genomics, bio-modelling, evolutionary biology, and dynamic systems, will be considered. Applicants should have a completed PhD, a strong commitment to quality teaching, the ability to teach introductory, as well as more advanced, undergraduate courses in Biology, and a productive research record. Teaching experience and post-doctoral experience are assets.

Luther College is a federated college of the University of Regina; candidates must identify strongly with the vision and mission of the College, a small, multidisciplinary institution federated with a medium-sized comprehensive University. Further information about the College is available at, and about the University of Regina at

The successful candidate will also be a member of the University of Regina’s Dept. of Biology. Numerous opportunities exist for research collaborations with members of the Dept. (, the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS), the soon to be commissioned Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS), and other units.  IECS ( contains equipment for proteomics and genetics research, stable isotope analysis, confocal microscopy, and more.  IMMS contains equipment for high throughput DNA sequencing, microbial culturing, plate readers, and more.  Additionally, the Biology Dept. and IMSS have close connections with the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory, which is located adjacent to campus.

Candidates must express a clear interest in the smaller context of a community-involved College, where spiritual and humanistic concerns and diversity are highly valued. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, outlining disciplinary interests and professional qualifications; if possible, a teaching dossier demonstrating ability in undergraduate teaching; a research dossier with evidence of an active research program; photocopies of transcripts; and the names and contact information of three referees. A statement explaining the candidate’s specific interest in teaching at Luther College at the University of Regina should be included. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2017. Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Academic Dean
Luther College, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK  S4S 0A2

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Luther College is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, indigenous people, visible minorities and people with disabilities.


PhD (preferred) and/or MSc position, University of Alberta, Edmonton.


PhD (preferred) and/or MSc position to study the effect of extreme weather events on alpine butterfly populations. This project takes advantage of a long-term (23 years) study of dynamics of alpine Parnassius (Apollo) butterfly populations in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The project examines interactions among population dynamics, weather and climate, physiology, geographic range, and population genetics. The position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jens Roland and Felix Sperling at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

The study examines the role of extreme weather events as a component of dynamics, life-history, and adaptation, in light of the effects of climate change in a highly variable environment.

Students should have a strong interest in population biology, ecology, and dynamics, as well as strong quantitative (R) and field skills. Projects involve both descriptive and experimental studies of Parnassius butterfly ecology and physiology as they relate to spatial and temporal variation in alpine environments, and their effects on population dynamics. Previous experience working on butterflies is an advantage but not a requirement.

Please contact Dr. Jens Roland (, and include a CV and a 2-3 page letter that outlines your career goals, previous research experience, and contact information for 3 references.


Ecology and Evolution – University of Toronto. Application deadline: September 13, 2017.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for two tenure-stream appointments in ecology and evolution. These appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018.

We seek candidates who conduct conceptually driven research in ecology and evolution, especially those with research programs in disease and/or theory. We seek applications from candidates whose research program complements the research programs of the highly collaborative faculty currently in the department.

The successful applicants must have a PhD in a related field by July 1, 2018 or soon thereafter, with a record of sustained publications in top-ranked, field-relevant journals.  The appointees will be expected to build an active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidates will also demonstrate excellence in teaching and contributions to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of demonstrated excellence in research and teaching should be documented through the applicant’s CV, publications, research and teaching statements, strong letters of reference from referees of high standing and where appropriate, course evaluations.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the School of the Environment, the University network of leading academic research hospitals ( and research groups with provincial and federal government agencies. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve; Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online. Applications must include a CV and statements of research and teaching interests combined into a single PDF file, plus three representative publications. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead) sent directly to: Professor Donald Jackson, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 25 Willcocks Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3B2 Canada. Letters of reference may be e-mailed to Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is September 13, 2017.

For further information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit our website at Questions regarding this position can be directed to Liz Rentzelos at or (416-946-3340).

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Postdoctoral Fellow position (Canada)

A postdoctoral fellow position is available with Dr. Craig Purchase at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Lab research focuses on evolutionary ecology, particularly life history variation, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, and sperm & egg quality/performance. Most of our current work is on gamete ecology. We do not focus on aquaculture oriented questions, but do work on a variety of marine and freshwater fishes.

For more information on my research program visit

The PDF will likely (1) be given data from completed experiments to write up quickly, (2) conduct new experiments, and (3) function as a group leader. Most of the research will be on wild salmonids.

I am most interested in people that have backgrounds in fish reproduction, or salmon biology, or sperm biology (any taxa). Candidates should have a PhD and a proven publication record.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and unofficial copy of transcripts to

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted July 7/17) and continue until the position is filled. If a suitable candidate can be found, I desire to have them start asap, but necessarily before November 2017. Salary is TBD, and the position will likely be supported for 12 months.