Open position for a PhD project with a 3-year grant Breeding and movement strategies in Golden Eagles. Application deadline: 1 December 2017.

Research question:
To determine and model the anthropogenic impacts faced by golden eagles during breeding and migration

Team: Nicolas Lecomte (Université de Moncton), Jérôme Lemaître (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Québec), Jean-François Therrien (Hawk Mountain & Université de Moncton)

Qualifications and skills:

  • Team spirit and initiative
  • GIS
  • Good organizational skills and rigour in scientific reasoning
  • Good writing skills (English and French)
  • A plus : Master of R software
  • A plus : Be ready to enroll in a Ph.D program starting in Winter 2018/Summer 2018

Support: One 3-year grant and free registration to the PhD in Life Sciences at Université de Moncton (free registration for Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of Canada). Grant application to e.g. NSERC will be encouraged.

Field work: Boreal and arctic sites

Eligibility: Must have completed a MSc in biology, ecology, geomatics, applied mathematics, or any related field.

How and when to apply?
The application documents are: a letter of motivation (maximum one page), a CV including the contact information of two references (maximum 2 pages), and all academic transcripts. Applications must be sent to Nicolas Lecomte (Nicolas.Lecomte@umoncton.ca) until December 1, 2017.

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PhD position: Ecohydrologic function in mountain wetlands – biodiversity and water budgets in wetlands of the Upper Bow Basin

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Mountain West Futures project, funded under the Global Water Futures program. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology-Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Starting date: May 1, 2018

Stipend: 3 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Climate change and altered land use are increasing the risks of both flooding and drought in Canada. To protect downstream property and agricultural productivity we must consider the role of natural assets, like wetlands, as a flexible and low cost alternative to built infrastructure like levees or bypasses. Natural wetlands have great potential to mitigate the downstream effects of extreme precipitation events through water retention, reduced flow velocity, and other normal hydrologic functions. Wetlands also provide additional value-added ecosystem services including acting as biodiversity hotspots and deep carbon stores, not to mention opportunities for recreation and tourism.

To understand the contribution of wetlands to ecosystem services there is no better laboratory than the upper Bow River. Concerns about flood risk skyrocketed after the 2013 flood in the upper Bow, which caused $6 billion in damages. Yet drought risk may be of even greater concern – the Bow supplies water for 46% of the irrigated acres in Alberta as well as nearly 1.2 million residents of Calgary.

The student will have the opportunity to explore how logging activity in the Foothills Region threatens the coupled vegetation diversity and hydrologic function of these wetland systems. Characterizing the vascular plant and bryophyte communities and their relationship to water table stability across a gradient in logging exposure, the student will work closely with hydrologists, landscape ecologists, and remote sensing specialists in a collaborative environment.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in ecohydrology and peatland ecology and a background in plants and mosses. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, with PhD-MWF-YourName in the subject line.

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PhD position: Linking land and water: modeling causes and consequences of nutrient loadings to Lake Erie

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Lake Futures: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity and Resilience of Lakes and their Watersheds project, funded under the Global Water Futures. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) co-advised by Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology- Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

 Starting date: April 1, 2018 Stipend: 3 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Our ability to effectively manage aquatic ecosystems is limited by our ability to monitor system inputs or to predict the complex environmental responses. Both conceptual and mechanistic models are important tools in helping to understand ecological relationships in aquatic ecosystems and to create hypotheses about causal pathways that can improve natural resource management.

 Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) offer an approach that summarizes qualitative and semi-quantitative information. The student will have the opportunity to evaluate, refine and develop FCM models to improve our understanding of the associations between land-based drivers of eutrophication (agriculture, rural and urban development) and biological manifestations of concern in Lake Erie (harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, Cladophora fouling, botulism.

The model pathways showing the strongest associations between drivers and biological response variables will identify candidate indicator variables whose association with drivers will be subsequently calibrated using machine learning algorithms. Identification of appropriate indicators is a major knowledge gap constraining management of eutrophication-related issues in Lake Erie. This project offers a substantial opportunity for the student to work collaboratively the Lake Erie Management community to plan and undertake co-operative monitoring in Lake Erie and its watersheds.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in quantitative ecology and a background in food webs or nutrient dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, c/o Tatjana Milojevic at GWF-UW@uwaterloo.ca with PhD- LFWP3-YourName in the subject line.

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PhD position: forest ecology, forestry.

A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available in Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. The Ph.D. candidate will examine whether and why increasing the functional diversity of tree species increases the productivity of forests. In particular, the candidate will use national forest inventory data and a trait-based analysis of competition to assess which functional groups of trees are more productive when grown together. Mixtures that may be more productive include needleleaf-broadleaf mixtures, evergreen-deciduous mixtures (including evergreen broadleaf species), and endomycorrhizal-ectomycorrhizal mixtures. Finally, the effect of mixing will be assessed across broad edaphic and climatic gradients in order to determine whether the benefit increases with decreasing productivity, as predicted by the stress gradient hypothesis.

Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in forest ecology, 2) strong quantitative skills, 3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to John Caspersen (john.caspersen@utoronto.cahttp://forestry.utoronto.ca/caspersen-j/). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15th, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

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MSC POSITION IN MARINE INVERTEBRATE ECOLOGY THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY AND BAMFIELD MARINE SCIENCES CENTRE

The Gosselin lab (http://faculty.tru.ca/lgosselin/) at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position.  Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP). Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms and crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The upcoming MSc project will examine the mechanisms responsible for the high levels of mortality during the EBP.  The study will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.  Research work will be carried out primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (www.bamfieldmsc.com) on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound.

Qualifications

We are seeking an individual with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a strong background in ecology and evolution.  Prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques are not required but are considered assets. Any direct research experience you may have acquired, for example by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your BSc or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada), is also viewed favourably. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology, Animal Biology, or a related field.

Funding
The research project will be supported by an NSERC Discovery grant. Stipends to support this MSc position will be provided through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships.   The student will be admitted to the Environmental Sciences MSc program at Thompson Rivers University (www.tru.ca/science/programs/msces.html).

Start date

The intended start date is January 2018.

Applications will accepted until the position is filled. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, describing academic interests and career aspiration, a CV listing qualifications, and transcripts via email to:

Dr Louis Gosselin
Department of Biological Sciences
Thompson Rivers University
lgosselin@tru.ca

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PhD & MSc POSITIONS IN AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY. Closing date: January 5, 2018.

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting graduate students at the MSc and PhD levels to investigate the influence of climate warming on the ecological impacts of invasive freshwater fishes and crayfishes. These are fully funded positions for 2 years (MSc) to 4 years (PhD).

In collaboration with Dr. Nick Mandrak’s lab (University of Toronto), we are starting a project that will determine how warming may alter the effects of invasive predators on native prey populations and how it might favour the competitive dominance of invasive species. Students will have the opportunity to conduct lab experiments and field studies in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system, as well as in lakes and rivers in eastern North America and western Canada. Our students are members of interuniversity research centres in Quebec, and our lab has collaborative links with Queens University Belfast and the Centre of Invasion Biology in South Africa.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html ). Additional qualifications for these positions include independent research experience and academic training in aquatic ecology or field ecology. Expected start date would be September 2018, with preference given to students who can arrive and begin field work by mid-August.

Interested students should apply as soon as possible.
Send applications or requests for information to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). Applicants should provide (1) their c.v., (2) names and contact information of at least two referees, and (3) a short (<1 page) statement of research interests and relevant experience. Preference will be given to Canadian students (or permanent residents), owing to funding requirements; however, international students with exceptional academic records could be eligible for scholarships.

The students that we select must apply to the Biology department by March 2018 for admission into the graduate program in September.

Closing date of applications is January 5, 2018.

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MSc Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Sex Response in Seedlings to Abiotic Drought Stress Under Greenhouse Conditions in a Clonal Species

We are seeking a qualified MSc student to lead a greenhouse study on the effects of drought stress on sex performance of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Provenance and sex performance of seedlings will be compared through ecophysiological assessments, growth, biomass allocation and water use efficiency. This project is part of a broader study that aims to understand the role of sex and ecophysiological responses in shaping the distribution and long-term survival of aspen under climate change.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in forestry, plant genetics, ecology, or related field.
  • An understanding of forest genetics and ecophysiology.
  • Experience with ecophysiology equipment such as an IRGA and pressure chamber.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds will be required. Additional funding is available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. Students will be required to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources, as well as via teaching opportunities.

Start date: January, May or September 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

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PhD Student Opportunity , Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Field Assessment of Size and Sex of Native Trembling Aspen Stands Along the Boreal Forest Fringe

We are seeking a PhD student to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the stand structure and gender distribution of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) along the boreal fringe. The student will select and sample aspen stands along the boreal forest fringe and link physiological and phenological responses to growth, wood quality characteristics and sex. This project is part of a broader study that aims to understand the role of sex and ecophysiological responses in shaping the distribution and long-term survival of aspen under climate change.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc degree in forestry, plant genetics, ecology, or related field.
  • An understanding of tree genetics, phenology and ecophysiology.
  • Experience in field work and working in remote locations under minimal supervision.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds will be required. Additional funding is available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. Students will be required to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources, as well as via teaching opportunities.

Start date: January, May or Sept. 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

 

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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity , Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Parental Selection and Assessing the Potential Impacts of Elite Breeding in White Spruce

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student to test the hypothesis that gene expression of gibberellic acid in white spruce (Picea glauca) seedlings can be used as an indicator of trees with superior growth characteristics. Faster growing parents will be selected based on growth data and physiological markers for gibberellic acid and gene expression based on greenhouse trials. With identification of elite parents, an advanced breeding strategy will be designed and implemented using tools such as a differential evolution algorithm developed from animal breeding.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forest genetics or related field, and familiarity with ecophysiology.
  • An advanced understanding of tree breeding strategies.
  • Experience in field work and tree breeding.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000/year, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 3.5 years (PhD) with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Understanding Patterns and Mechanisms Driving Clone Size and Gender Performance in Trembling Aspen in Alberta

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student who is interested in genetics, ecology, ecophysiology and their interaction on the landscape. The goal of this project is to describe the patterns of aspen (Populus tremuloides) clone size and gender distribution in active aspen forest management regions in Alberta, while also using genetic markers to understand recent declines in aspen health due to drought.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forestry, ecology, genetics or related field.
  • A strong background in quantitative genetics, and/or plant ecophysiology.
  • A GPA >3.5 and evidence of success.
  • Familiarity with an IRGA or other ecophysiology equipment.
  • Experience in field work.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000 /year for PhDs, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 2 or 3 years, with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Immediate/Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following information:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

 

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