Graduate Research Opportunity, Aquatic Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Ecosystems

Start date: Summer – Winter / Spring 2020

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Several graduate assistantships are available to carry out Master’s or Ph.D. theses in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). The projects will be associated to the NSERC-funded Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS). The research projects may focus on a wide range of issues related to C biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas dynamics in northern aquatic ecosystems, including lake and river organic carbon dynamics and processing, greenhouse gas dynamics, and ecosystem metabolism; links between aquatic and terrestrial C biogeochemistry and ecosystem function; the role of aquatic ecosystems on regional carbon budgets; greenhouse gas dynamics in hydroelectric reservoirs and the C footprint of hydroelectric power generation. The projects will likely involve a combination of approaches, including in situ point and continuous gas, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, GIS and landscape modeling measurements, and molecular microbial techniques. The research favors an integrative, network scale perspective of inland waters across the boreal biome of Québec, but comparative work in temperate and subarctic systems in Québec and elsewhere will also be carried out. The candidate will join the highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary team of the NSERC-funded Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (http://www.carbbas.uqam.ca/), which in turn is part of a aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQAM, with collective expertise in nutrient and C biogeochemistry, ecosystem and landscape modeling, population, community and ecosystem ecology, genomics and molecular ecology. The UQÀM is a francophone university, but English is the working language in the group, our students can choose to take courses in our sister universities and can submit their theses in English. Interested students should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references, to Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries and applications are welcome. Starting date: Winter-Spring 2020.

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PhD: Evaluation of the factors affecting tree vulnerability in a context of assisted migration: an approach by key functional traits

Due to climate change, it is anticipated that current tree populations will be exposed to very different environmental conditions from the current conditions. Assisted migration is a potential management strategy, but the planted trees are confronted with more rigorous conditions, especially during their early establishment phase. We have established an experiment in the Quebec mixed forest to better understand vulnerability of trees planted for assisted migration. Nine thousand seedlings of 9 different species and 3 provenances representing current climate, that of 2050 and of 2080, were planted and subject to treatments testing different abiotic and biotic constraints : microclimate, herbivory (exclosures) and vegetation competition. We are seeking a PhD candidate interested in working on this unique site with a team of researchers from Quebec and the United States (USDA). The project includes three dimensions : 1) monitoring of phenological traits; 2) herbivory : evaluation of the risk of predation as a function of species and provenance and 3) functional traits : measure of key traits and their plasticity across species and provenances. The project is supervised by a multi-disciplinary team: Jean-Pierre Tremblay (Jean-Pierre.Tremblay@bio.ulaval.ca) and Alison Munson from Université Laval, and Patricia Raymond from the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

We are offering a fellowship of 21000 $/yr for three years. The candidate should have a Masters or MSc in biology or forest sciences (or be completing a degree). We are looking for qualities of autonomy, curiosity, science communication skills (written and oral). Please send your CV, your recent marks, a letter of motivation and a list of 2-3 references who can be contacted, for November 15th, 2019.

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Job offer: research assistants on an ecosystem monitoring project in the Arctic, Bylot and Igloolik Island. Application deadline: October 17, 2019.

The Canada Research Chair in Polar & Boreal Ecology is seeking applicants for field assistant positions on an ongoing ecosystem monitoring project on Igloolik Island (Nunavut). This project aims at monitoring populations of nesting birds, lemmings, and arthropods, as well as plant communities in this High-Arctic region of Canada. In parallel to this ecosystem monitoring, we also investigate the decline in shorebirds populations in the Arctic. To better understand the mechanisms underlying the decline of certain shorebirds species, we study their migratory patterns and their demography in collaboration with researchers working at a circumpolar scale. Fieldwork in Igloolik will be conducted between June to end of July 2020, and the contract will include tasks in May or August in Moncton. This summer job could lead to Master’s/Honour’s projects for interested candidates. If you are interested in a Master’s project, please indicate it in the application form.

Fieldwork duties:
– Monitoring birds nests
– Trapping shorebirds, lemmings and arthropods
– Conducting plant survey
– Automatic fauna monitoring
– Managing samples

Supervision: Nicolas Lecomte (Université de Moncton)

Skills required:
– Team spirit and sense of initiative
– Good physical condition
– Fieldwork and camping experience (in remote location would be an asset)
– Scientific rigour (data collection and sample management)
– Good academic achievement would be an asset
– To have completed 1 semester of an undergraduate program in biology (or similar field)

When and how to apply? You can apply by filling the online application form (https://forms.gle/X7TVAr78PniP6iVz9) and by sending the documents describe below by email (crc.eco.moncton@gmail.com) before October 17, 2019. To complete the application, you will need the contact information for two references. The files to submit are the electronic versions of your CV (2 pages maximum) and of your university transcripts (non-official versions are accepted). Please use the following format for naming your files: “First Name”_”Last Name”_”CV or Transcript”. Pre-selected candidates should be available for an interview on October 17 and 22, 2019.

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PhD project on Canada lynx population dynamics at Kluane Lake, Yukon

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University is initiating a PhD project on lynx population dynamics and foraging ecology near Kluane Lake, Yukon. Our research on lynx and their prey in the Kluane region spans decades, and the current project builds on our recent work assessing the functional response of lynx to different prey types and how such relationships are more complex than previously thought (see Chan et al. 2017, Ecology DOI:10.1002/ecy.1828). Specifically, through lynx GPS telemetry and accelerometry, and assessment of prey distribution and abundance, we aim to understand the mechanisms driving population dynamics of lynx and their primary (snowshoe hare) and secondary (red squirrel) prey species across space and time. We have studied lynx intensively for 4 winters during a period of hare abundance at Kluane, so the ongoing cyclic crash in hare numbers presents a fascinating opportunity to assess variation in lynx foraging behavior and the dynamic drivers of their relationships with prey. This research project likely will extend into largely unexplored realms including lynx foraging ecology in summer and the role of intraspecific competition on the structure of their functional responses. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong field and quantitative skills, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include animal handling, GPS telemetry, remote sensing and GIS analysis, and working in remote field conditions, including during winter.  For additional details, see www.dennismurray.ca and www.ualberta.ca/science/about-us/contact-us/faculty-directory/stan-boutin.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com).

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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PhD project on snowshoe hare movement ecology at Kluane Lake, Yukon

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University is initiating a PhD project on the movement and habitat dynamics of snowshoe hares at Kluane Lake, Yukon. Snowshoe hares have been studied for >30 years on-site, and we are launching an assessment of the role of food and cover on hare movements and population dynamics. Using GPS telemetry and accelerometry on adult hares, combined with remote sensing technologies identifying structural cover and food patches on the landscape, we will evaluate spatially-explicit hare movement and behaviour in relation to environmental risks (predation) and rewards (nutrition). The work may also involve assessing hare movement ecology in the context of energy landscapes that vary dynamically with accumulation/melt of snow in winter, and the implications of climate change on these dynamics. Our team has worked on hares and their main predators, Canada lynx, for many years at Kluane, so there is already a large dataset available to support the research. Because hare populations at Kluane exhibit 10-year population cycles, this project also presents a unique opportunity to assess the dynamic relationship between population density and individual behaviour. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop additional research questions within the scope of the broader project.

Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong field and quantitative skills, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include animal handling, GPS telemetry, remote sensing and GIS analysis, and working in remote field conditions, including during winter.  For additional details, see www.dennismurray.ca.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com).

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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Ph.D. on mycorrhizal networks and symbiotic partner selection, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal

Species do not live nor evolve separately in nature. Rather, they form complex networks of interactions. It is believed that some properties of these ecological networks can inform us about community-level dynamics processes such as propensity to local extinction, community productivity or even network collapse. However, these postulates are rarely (if ever) tested experimentally.

The Chagnon lab is recruiting a Ph.D. student to pursue a degree on experimental network ecology, using the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis as a model system. This symbiosis is ecologically and phylogenetically widespread, and believed to be of prime importance for plant net primary productivity, negative density dependence and soil carbon storage. Thus, there is a strong incentive to better understand how resistant and resilient will mycorrhizal networks be to any form of disturbance or environmental pressure or insult. Better understanding how networks assemble along ecological gradients is also key to eventually predict how networks may respond to global climate change.

Interested candidates should :

  • Hold a B.Sc., and ideally a M.Sc. in Biology or Ecology;
  • Be comfortable with R programming;
  • Be autonomous to perform molecular work in the lab (basic work with nucleic acids);
  • Have a valid driving license;
  • Be highly motivated to perform a myriad of parallel, exciting projects!
  • Send a motivation letter and unofficial transcripts to: pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca.

Position is to be filled as soon as possible.

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Postdoctoral opportunities to study gene regulatory networks and climate change resilient plants at the University of Manitoba

The Wilkins Lab is looking to hire at least one postdoctoral researcher to join the lab in 2020 (January, May, September). We study the evolution and diversification of gene regulatory networks in agricultural crops and forest trees. Our goal is to characterize the modes of resilience that will allow plants to grow well in future climate conditions. Achieving these goals will require interdisciplinary work that combines wet and dry lab analyses, and large unbiased and small targeted experiments.  Our work is principally in rice, canola and hybrid poplar. In the lab we use functional genomic assays to discover, validate, and manipulate regulatory interactions in plants.

There are multiple projects available in the lab related to the discovery of molecular and physiological mechanisms of drought response in controlled and field conditions and related to high temperature stress response and the circadian clock. There are also several large data sets that we have recently generated which are available for immediate analysis.

I am looking for postdoctoral researchers who are eager to work across disciplines (molecular stress physiology, evolutionary and computational biology) and who are interested in the fundamental biology of gene regulation and in applying discovery to application to agriculture and forestry. I am seeking students who are eager to work in productive and respectful environment, and who look forward to actively participating in lab life (journal clubs, mentoring, troubleshooting, fun, etc.).

I am a co-principal investigator on the Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability NSERC CREATE grant (gefses.com) and all lab members would be eligible to participate in this program.

To apply, please email me (olivia.wilkins@umanitoba.caa CV, cover letter, and contact info for two references. Applications will be read until the positions are filled. In your cover letter please include a statement that describes your interests in our lab and research project, as well as your general career goals. I am accepting students for January, May, and September 2020.

About the lab: oliviawilkinslab.com

About Winnipeg. It is really great! https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/

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MSc and PhD opportunities to study gene regulatory networks and climate change resilient plants at the University of Manitoba

The Wilkins Lab is looking to hire multiple graduate students to join the lab in 2020 (January, May, September). We study the evolution and diversification of gene regulatory networks in agricultural crops and forest trees. Our goal is to characterize the modes of resilience that will allow plants to grow well in future climate conditions. Achieving these goals will require interdisciplinary work that combines wet and dry lab analyses, and large unbiased and small targeted experiments.  Our work is principally in rice, canola and hybrid poplar. In the lab we use functional genomic assays to discover, validate, and manipulate regulatory interactions in plants.

There are multiple projects available in the lab related to the discovery of molecular and physiological mechanisms of drought response in controlled and field conditions and related to high temperature stress response and the circadian clock. There are also several large data sets that we have recently generated which are available for immediate analysis.

I am looking for MSc and PhD students who are eager to work across disciplines (molecular stress physiology, evolutionary and computational biology) and who are interested in the fundamental biology of gene regulation and in applying discovery to application to agriculture and forestry. I am seeking students who are eager to work in productive and respectful environment, and who look forward to actively participating in lab life (journal clubs, mentoring, troubleshooting, fun, etc.).

I am a co-principal investigator on the Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability NSERC CREATE grant (gefses.com) and all lab members would be eligible to participate in this program.

To apply, please email me (olivia.wilkins@umanitoba.caa CV, cover letter, and contact info for two references. Applications will be read until the positions are filled. In your cover letter please include a statement that describes your interests in our lab and research project, as well as your general career goals. I am accepting students for January, May, and September 2020.

About the lab: oliviawilkinslab.com

About Winnipeg. It is really great! https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/

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Assistant Professor in Taxonomy and Floristics, Department of Biological, Université de Montréal

Job description

Département de sciences biologiques is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in plant biology, with a specific focus on taxonomy and systematics, floristics and biodiversity of vascular plants. The candidate will join the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (www.irbv.umontreal.ca) and be the curator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium (www.irbv.umontreal.ca/recherche/collections/herbier-marie-victorin)

Click here for more information on this job opening.

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Ph.D. student opportunity in eco-evo dynamics of range expansions – University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Williams Lab, Department of Geography & Biodiversity Research Centre

The Williams Lab at UBC is looking for a Ph.D. student to start in Fall 2020. Ongoing research includes projects on (1) eco-evolutionary dynamics of range expansions (including invasive species), (2) plant life history strategies in changing climates, and (3) variation in plant-herbivore interactions across space and time. We take a variety of approaches including experiments in the field and greenhouse and quantitative modeling. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research goals related to the broader lab objectives. I am particularly interested in prospective students who would like to use an empirical approach in the greenhouse or field to evaluate new theory about variability in range expansions.

Competitive applicants will have independent research experience; be motivated to develop or expand on their quantitative skills (statistical or modeling); and will bring curiosity and independence to their research. Ph.D. applicants should have or be working toward an M.Sc. (or have completed independent research that is moving toward publication) and a valid driver’s license.

Students in the group benefit from interacting both with a diverse group of geographers interested in the environment, and with ecologists and evolutionary biologists from across UBC, who are brought together by the Biodiversity Research Centre for classes, seminars and discussion groups. We have ties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and land managers at native prairie sites across the Pacific Northwest that can facilitate locating field sites and developing applied angles of research projects.

Applications for Ph.D. students in early January 2020, but I encourage interested students to contact me well beforehand. Please send an email (jennifer.williams@geog.ubc.ca) including a brief statement that describes your research interests, past research experience, and why you are interested in this position, and attach your CV and an unofficial transcript.

Please see the lab website for more information: http://williamslabubc.weebly.com/ and find information about applying to UBC Geography here: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/graduate/. All students admitted to Geography are guaranteed a stable minimum income that comes from a combination of teaching assistantships and UBC fellowships. Outstanding students will be competitive for a UBC Four Year Fellowship or UBC International Doctoral Fellowship and I would be happy to assist Canadian students with their NSERC applications.

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