MSc or PhD position in invasion macroecology at Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are looking for a graduate student interested in working on global patterns of invasive species and the drivers influencing these patterns. The student will use a large earthworm database compiled by the sWORM working group and conduct additional literature searches to build a dataset on global earthworm invasions. Students with prior experience and/or enthusiasm for assembling and handling large datasets, data synthesis, and statistical modelling (in R or similar) are particularly encouraged to apply. This project will involve collaboration with Prof. Nico Eisenhauer and Dr. Helen Phillips at iDiv (Leipzig, Germany), as well as other members of the sWORM working group, and likely will include at least one trip to work at iDiv.

Start date: January, April, or Sept 2020.

Location: The student would be based at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and supervised by Erin Cameron. For further information on this project and our research group, go to:
https://www.idiv.de/sworm
https://erinkcameron.wordpress.com/

Funding: The Applied Science graduate program guarantees a minimum stipend of $17,000/year. The student will be encouraged to apply for external scholarships as well. This position is open to Canadian or international students, but tuition costs are high for non-Canadians so additional funding would be needed.

To apply: If interested, please send a CV, transcript, a short cover letter describing your interest and experience, and the names of 2 references to: erin.cameron@smu.ca Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, but those received by June 25 will be given priority.

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PhD project on the impact of establishing fast-growing plantations with exotic species on natural biodiversity

Context
Intensively managed forest plantations are used to produce large quantities of wood on limited land areas. In 2010, the total area of planted forests was only 7% of natural forest areas worldwide, while their contribution was about 40% of global fiber needs (FAO 2010). Although there is increasing evidence that mixed-species plantations should be favoured over tree monocultures, monoculture plantations are still more common than mixtures of species or clones because they are more convenient to manage. In 2006, plantations with more than one genotype represented less than 0.1% of the total area of industrial plantations worldwide.
When compared to natural forest stands, tree monocultures decrease biodiversity across the landscape and affect a wide spectrum of other plant and animal species, ranging from soil microorganisms to macrofauna. For this reason, monocultures have been described by some as “biodiversity deserts”. In addition, exhaustion of soil nutrients, deterioration of soil physical and chemical properties are often associated to monocultures. Current studies have shown that mixing cultivars or species may positively affect biotic and abiotic environments through optimal use of nutrients according to niche differentiation theory and in this way, enhance specific and functional biodiversity relative to monospecific plantations. For instance, in young plantations that we established in northwestern Quebec, mixing hybrid poplar clones resulted in slightly greater aboveground growth, lower root:shoot ratios, and different spatial root distributions, when compared to monocultures. We also recently found that collembola abundance and litter decomposition rates increased in mixed plantations of poplar and spruce, and that herbaceous species present in old fields helped litter decomposition and nutrient cycling and hence strongly influenced carbon (C) sequestration in these plantations. Nonetheless, some plantations can have a highly diverse understory of indigenous plants species; this is likely the case of Quebec’s plantations where the use of herbicides is prohibited and weed maintenance is mainly done mechanically over only a few years after plantation.

The objective of this project is to evaluate the effect of clonal/species mixtures in intensively managed fast-growing plantations on species composition and functional diversity of understory plants compared to hybrid poplar monocultures.

Start date: September 2019
Location: The student will be based at a forest research institute (IRF, http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/) at the UQAT campus in Amos. In addition, the student will be member of the Sustainable Forest Management research chair (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/) and the Center for Forest Research (http://www.cef-cfr.ca). The IRF team is dynamic and offers ideal working conditions for students, while the region is very active culturally and offers a high quality of life thanks to its many outdoor activities.
Funding: $ 21,000 / year scholarship for 3 years.
To apply: Email your resume, a letter of motivation and transcripts to Annie DesRochers (annie.desrochers@uqat.ca) and Nicole Fenton (nicole.fenton@uqat.ca).

Annie DesRochers professeure/professor UQAT (http://www.cef-cfr.ca/index.php?n=Membres.Anniedesrochers) Nicole Fenton, professeure/professor UQAT (http://www.cef-cfr.ca/index.php?n=Membres.NicoleFenton)

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Master of Science in Biology position – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Investigating the roles of ecology, phenology, and insect genotype in predicting host-range of candidate biocontrol agents for an invasive fruit-feeding fly

We are seeking an MSc student to investigate the ecology of endemic vinegar flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae) present in southwestern British Columbia. This project will focus particularly on their susceptibility to attack by two foreign parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) being considered as candidate classical biological control agents for the invasive Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, SWD). SWD is a serious pest of soft fruit (i.e. cherries) and berries, first detected in BC in 2009 and now widespread in Coastal and Interior fruit growing areas of B.C. Effective control currently requires the use of insecticides. A successful biological control program would improve the sustainability of production of soft fruits and berries by reducing insecticide use. A necessary first step is to evaluate potential risks and benefits of the proposed introduction of these two parasitoids by determining the susceptibility of native Drosophilids to attack.

The successful candidate will carry out basic and applied research on the distribution, phenology and ecology of native non-target Drosophilids in the Okanagan Valley, establish laboratory lines of select species, and evaluate the roles of ecology, phenology, and fly genotype on likelihood of attack by the two parasitoid wasps. Research will be conducted in field, laboratory and quarantine facilities. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers studying invasion ecology in agro-ecosystems and gain expertise in field sampling and ecology, insect identification, insect rearing, statistical analysis and molecular biology.

Starting Date: January 1st, 2020. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found but those received by June 15th 2019 will be given priority.

Locations: The student will be enrolled at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, BC) under the primary academic supervision of Dr. Bob Lalonde. Experimental work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Chandra Moffat and Dr. Paul Abram with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, at the Summerland Research and Development Centre located in Summerland, British Columbia.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in biology, entomology, plant science, ecology, or a related discipline. Candidates may need to re-locate between Kelowna and Summerland during the course of the project depending on selected coursework. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of UBC Okanagan (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/graduate/biology.html), be Canadian Citizens, and have a valid drivers licence.

Stipend: Guarantee of $17,500 per year for 2 years if academic requirements are met; applicants are encouraged to apply for other scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests, a current CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 2 academic references to Dr. Bob Lalonde, robert.lalonde@ubc.ca, cc Dr. Chandra Moffat, chandra.moffat@canada.ca

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Projet de doctorat: Impact cumulatif des pressions anthropiques sur les populations d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique

L’équipe de la Chaire K.-C.-Irving en sciences de l’environnement et développement durable de l’Université de Moncton cherche un.e étudiant.e pour un projet de doctorat qui commencera en septembre 2019 ou janvier 2020.

Le projet de recherche vise à modéliser l’impact cumulatif de différentes pressions d’origine anthropique (p. ex. la surabondance d’oies des neiges supportées par les champs agricoles en milieux tempérés et les changements climatiques) sur la reproduction et la distribution de différentes espèces d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique. Certains objectifs de ce projet s’inscrivent dans les travaux collaboratifs menés par l’Interactions Working Group, un regroupement de plusieurs chercheur.e.s implémentant les mêmes protocoles dans plus de 14 sites distribués à une échelle circumpolaire (Canada, Alaska, Groenland, Norvège, Suède et Russie). L’étudiant.e fera partie d’une équipe dynamique de chercheur.e.s et d’étudiant.e.s et aura l’opportunité de travailler sur différents protocoles de terrain (p. ex. suivi des populations nicheuses de limicoles, captures de limicoles et de lemmings).

Ce projet se déroulera sous la supervision de Marie-Andrée Giroux à l’Université de Moncton. Une bourse de doctorat est disponible pour 4 ans, à laquelle s’ajoute une bourse de l’Université de Moncton défrayant approximativement la valeur des frais de scolarité facturés aux étudiant.e.s canadien.nes (les étudiants étrangers peuvent aussi bénéficier de cette bourse). L’étudiant.e devra également déposer des demandes de financement aux organismes subventionnaires (ex. CRSNG, FINB).

Compétences requises :

  • Avoir obtenu une maîtrise avec thèse en biologie, environnement ou discipline connexe (minimum d’environ 70% de crédits alloués à la thèse)
  • Avoir un esprit d’équipe et d’initiative
  • Posséder de bonnes capacités de rédaction
  • Posséder de bonnes aptitudes pour les analyses statistiques et/ou la modélisation mathématique
  • Posséder de l’expérience de terrain
  • Avoir un bon dossier académique

Comment et quand postuler?
Merci de postuler en envoyant les documents suivants d’ici le 20 juin 2019 à Marie-Andrée Giroux (marie-andree.giroux@umoncton.ca): CV, lettre de motivation, copie de tous les relevés de notes universitaires (incluant 1er cycle), noms et coordonnées de 3 référents.

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PhD position in wildlife parasitology and evolutionary ecology at the University of Calgary

I am seeking a motivated graduate student interested in evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, quantitative genetics and wildlife biology to join my group at the University of Calgary. Research in my laboratory uses molecular and evolutionary ecology approaches to improve our understanding of the processes modulating variation in fitness-related traits and adaptive evolution in free-living wildlife populations.

I am currently recruiting a PhD student to study the genetic basis and fitness consequences of variation in complex gastro-intestinal parasitic nematode infections in natural environments using the Sable Island horse long-term population study as a model. The project, conducted in collaboration with Phulip McLoughlin (U of Saskatchewan), John Gilleard (U. of Calgary), and Alastair Wilson (U. of Exeter), will involve characterising complex strongyle infections in >500 horses over multiple years using DNA metabarcoding, and applying pedigree-based multivariate quantitative genetics and selection analyses to study the evolution of resistance to mixed infections. Interactions between nematode infections and the bacterial microbiome will also be investigated. For additional information about the study system see:

Debeffe et al. 2016. Negative covariance between parasite load and body condition in a population of feral horses. Parasitology 143:983-997.

Gold et al. 2019. Quantitative genetics of gastrointestinal strongyle burden and associated body condition in feral horses. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 9:104-111.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills or interest in parasitology, molecular ecology, quantitative genetics, wildlife biology or evolutionary ecology. The student will be based at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or the Department of Biological Sciences, and receive a minimum stipend of $CA23,000/year. Start date is flexible but would ideally be between September 2019 and September 2020.

More information about the lab is available at https://sites.google.com/site/jocelynpoissant/home. Interested students should send a brief email outlining research interests, along with a CV and unofficial copies of transcripts to jocelyn.poissant@ucalgary.ca. I also welcome inquiries regarding other potential projects in the laboratory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhD (or MSc) POSITION IN ECOLOGY (REINDEER/CARIBOU) (MATING SYSTEMS – FEMALE CHOICE – MALE VOCALIZATIONS)

1 PhD (or MSc) research position is available in my lab starting September 2019.

The aim of the project is to test some of the key predictions of mating systems theory. This research will involve using a long-term individual-based data (breeding phenology and rutting behaviour data from 1996 to 2017). This project also involves manipulative experiments and observational fieldwork in northern Finland (playback experiment, phenology of the vocalization during the rut, etc).

Suitable candidates will have an MSc (or BSc) in Biology or a similarly recognized degree. The ideal candidate must have: Very strong quantitative skills (statistics) – Experience in field research settings – Be determined to complete a PhD degree – Have a good academic background (good GPA). The candidate should be ready to work in remote areas and to work in team.

I am particularly interested in candidate with some experience or background in Vocalizations/Acoustics (or willing to learn rapidly).

Financial support is available for three years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc), but if eligible, candidates will be encouraged to apply for external grant (FQRNT and NSERC). Students with a successful scholarship will receive a bonus on top of their scholarship.

If interested, send me by email (robert.weladji@concordia.ca) before May 30, 2019: a copy of your CV, transcript and a short statement of purpose, as well as the name and email addresses of 2 references.

Robert Weladji
Department of biology
Concordia University

robert.weladji@concordia.ca
www.robertweladji.com

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PhD or post-doctoral research opportunity: Ecosystem ecology of mountain lakes along gradients in elevation and exotic trout harvest

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal Canada

Start date: May 2020

An exciting opportunity for a PhD student or for a post-doctoral fellow is available to examine lake ecosystem metabolism and greenhouse gas emissions in Rocky mountain lakes along gradients in elevation and exotic trout harvest. The project is a component of a collaborative research program in which we are size-selectively harvesting entire populations of exotic brook trout at different elevations in the design of replicated whole ecosystem experiments. The project will involve collaborations with researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, and with Parks Canada.

The selected candidate will have the benefit of working with an existing, but not yet published dataset for this project:

-Three-years of summer data collection for ecosystem metabolism (2017 onwards)

-Two to three years of summer data collection for greenhouse gases (2017 onwards)

The selected candidate will be expected contribute to the development and design of the project through their involvement in the 2020 field season in Kootenay and Banff National Parks, Canada.

The selected candidate will benefit from working with a highly collaborative research team with strengths in aquatic ecosystems at UQAM and fisheries at Concordia. The position at UQAM is located in downtown Montréal, Canada a vibrant and internationally connected city.

Qualified applicants will ideally have an MSc degree (or PhD degree) in aquatic ecosystem sciences. The selected candidate will ideally have experience with high-frequency dissolved oxygen data and measurement of ecosystem-level metrics, such as ecosystem metabolism.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, unofficial transcripts, a C.V. and contact information for two academic/research references, to:

Alison DerryAssociate Professor
Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Email: derry.alison@uqam.ca
Tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647
Webpage : http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html

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M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. positions in Invertebrate Symbioses in the Proctor Lab, University of Alberta

I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” Projects are outlined here: https://hproctorlabuofa.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/summary-of-current-nserc-discovery-grant.pdf.

Students should have strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification. Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates. Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for the first 2.3 years of an M.Sc. program and the first 5 years of a Ph.D. program (or until thesis defense, whichever comes first), at the minimum rate of approximately $25,197 (M.Sc.) and $25,917 (Ph.D.) per year, subject to annual review of academic and teaching performance. For details on how to apply including minimum GPA and language requirements, see links at https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/. Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students start in September but I am open to January starts. Just be aware that finding rental housing in Edmonton is a bit more difficult in January (and it’s a lot colder than in September!).

If you are interested, please email me at hproctor@ualberta.ca. Include in your email a brief statement of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).

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Graduate Student Opportunity in ECOLOGY/BIOINFORMATICS, University of Guelph

About the Project

A MSc/PhD graduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cottenie in the Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Biological Science (www.cottenielab.org).  The main research theme in my lab (www.cottenielab.org) centers around metacommunity dynamics, and we study this in a wide variety of systems, from fish to small mammals to macroinvertebrates to transposable elements within the genome. I am currently expanding my research focus to microbiome studies, and the first species that I will study is the microbiome of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park. This is a collaboration with the Norris lab who study these year-round residents of the boreal forest that rely on food cached during the late summer and fall for over winter survival and late-winter reproduction. Some of the questions we are interested in are determining the effect of very local dispersal (vertical transmission from parents to offspring) and regional dispersal (dispersal of parents and offspring in the landscape) on the oral and gut microbiome of Canada Jay individuals.

Requirements 

I am looking for an enthusiastic graduate student who wants a research project that combines ecological field work with bioinformatics to study relevant questions in ecology through advanced statistical analyses in R.

This position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Other strong candidates are also welcome to apply.

Funding

MSc students in the College of Biological Science are funded at a minimum of $21,259 per year, and the minimum guaranteed duration of support is 6 semesters.  For more details regarding funding, see Student Stipend Information.

Depending on eligibility, students may also apply for a wide range of internal and external scholarships.  See the full list of available Scholarships and Awards for more information.

Interested in applying?

To learn more about this project and the application process, contact me (cottenie@uoguelph.ca) with your CV and your research interests. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this project, depending on your interests and future goals, you could either apply as an MSc student in Integrative Biology (www.uoguelph.ca/ib) or as an MSc student in Bioinformatics (https://www.uoguelph.ca/bioinformatics/). Since this might change the research focus, we can determine together the most relevant program for you.

I also encourage you to visit the websites above to determine what the University of Guelph can offer you during your graduate education, and I highly recommend that you contact my current graduate students to get a sense of what my advisor style is, and whether it would fit with your needs. My graduate students are Anna Solecki (asolecki@uoguelph.ca), Brent Saylor (bsaylor@uoguelph.ca), Carolyn Trombley (ctromble@uoguelph.ca), Jenny Gleason (jgleason@uoguelph.ca), Marie-Eugenie Maggia (mmaggia@uoguelph.ca), and Simon Denomme-Brown (denommes@uoguelph.ca).

Why Choose Guelph?

The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities and our faculty attract more research dollars per capita than any other comprehensive university in Canada.

The Department of Integrative Biology resides within the College of Biological Sciences and is a diverse department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. It is home to 36 full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes: comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are able to pursue studies in all aspects of biology from genes to entire ecosystems, and tailor their program of study to their individual interests and background. The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology is recognized as one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship.

 

 

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PhD position: Wood Turtle Ecology and Response to Forest Harvest, University of New Brunswick, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service

We are looking for a PhD student with broad interest in herpetology and forest management to work on a project investigating Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) response to forest harvest. The four-year project is a before-after design, in which populations will be monitored and turtles will be tracked using GPS-telemetry before and after forest harvest. The goal is to evaluate and develop best-management practices related to management of critical habitat. The student will be expected to develop and investigate questions on movement ecology, habitat selection, habitat management, that involve theory and application. This is a rare opportunity to conduct a controlled large scale ecological experiment to understand how animals respond to habitat change. The position will be based out of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Drs. Chris Edge (https://edgeforestecologylab.wordpress.com/) and Graham Forbes (https://tinyurl.com/y5zusvcl) and begin in September of 2019.

Our ideal candidate will have a broad interest in wildlife biology, conservation biology, species at risk, evolutionary ecology, and/or ecology. Experience with GPS- and/or radio-telemetry, species at risk, forestry, habitat selection, and advanced movement statistics such as utilization distributions, random walk, or Brownian motion are an asset. The project is field based and will require substantial work outdoors. We encourage applicants who are interested in using the data collected in this project to test broad ecological questions related to how animals respond to disturbance and use those responses to predict long-term and broad-spatial population effect.

Interested applicants should send a 1 page cover letter detailing their research interests and CV to Dr. Chris Edge via email (christopher.edge[at]canada.ca). Informal inquiries about the project via email are encouraged. All candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to Canadian Citizens. Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

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