FUNDED PhD POSITION IN THEORETICAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA [Vancouver and Kelowna, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student to conduct dissertation research on the mathematical basis underlying wildlife management and conservation. The application of mathematical modeling in ecological and evolutionary theory is well established (Otto and Day 2007), yet there remains significant room for the innovation of quantitative mathematical modelling in the applied realms of wildlife science. The student will explore the governing dynamics of topics such as:

  • eco-evolutionary outcomes of human-wildlife conflict;
  • consumer-resource models of hunter harvesting;
  • human-carnivore competition for ungulates;
  • commensal interactions between micro- and macro-predators;
  • decision-support tools to assist in management, conservation, and policy related to wildlife.

These topics may focus on systems associated with people, large carnivores, and ungulates in British Columbia, including wildlife species such as wolves, cougars, black and grizzly bears, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, and big horn sheep.

Minimal qualifications: include a demonstrated interest in quantitative modelling in the life sciences and willingness to develop models to answer applied questions. This project is primarily computer lab based, with opportunities for stakeholder engagement and field visits to better understand system dynamics. Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred.

Timeline: Start date negotiable (2018 or 2019), applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs of Dr. Sarah Otto (UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, BC) and Dr. Adam T. Ford (UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC), who will co-supervise the student. We anticipate will spend the early part of their PhD degree in the Otto Lab in Vancouver [http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~otto/] to shore up their skills in mathematical modelling. The student will then transition to the Wildlife Restoration Ecology Lab [http://atford.weebly.com/] in Kelowna to further develop and apply their modelling work. The PhD Student will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members of, and facilities managed by, the Kelowna-based BRAES Institute (http://braes.ok.ubc.ca/) and the Vancouver-based Biodiversity Research Center (https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/).

Application instructions: Please email [adam.ford@ubc.ca] a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating (a) past experiences in mathematical modeling in ecology, evolution, or life sciences; (b) areas of interest/growth for your PhD topic(s); (c) broader goals of your PhD; (d) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a recent CV; (3) copies [unofficial is fine] of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) contact information for 2-3 references. Please use the subject header “Quantitative Modelling PhD Application”.

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PhD opportunity: Temperature variation and risk modelling of endangered aquatic species, UWaterloo 

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natural Resources Canada, the candidate will analyze variance of temperature data for North America and use this information to access risks for endangered aquatic species. We will examine the probability of autocorrelated temperature extremes and relate these probabilities to the risk of extinction as predicted by structured population models (matrix or IPM models) The student will develop computationally efficient methods of dealing with the climate data, and will also develop methods for incorporating information regarding temperature variation and autocorrelation into population models

The position will commence Sept 2018 or Jan 2019. The successful candidate will be funded for 4 years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and the University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Work will occur both at the Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. Direct inquiries to Kim Cuddington at the University of Waterloo (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). Applicants must meet the standards for entry into the Biology (uwaterloo.ca/biology/graduate-studies/admissions), or Applied math graduate program (uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/graduate-students/applying)

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PhD opportunity: Optical recognition of Bythotrephes, UWaterloo

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the successful candidate will use a Laser Optical Plankton Counter (LOPC) data stream to identity plankton species in samples from the Great Lakes. A single tow may contain images of 30+ million particles.

The initial focus will be to identify one species of management interest, the invasive spiny water flea, Bythotrephes longimanus. The student will use computationally intensive machine-learning techniques, such as neural networks, in order to classify images. The student will train the algorithm using species from both single and mixed species laboratory populations run through the LOPC, and from lake tow data streams where positive identifications can be made.

The position will start Sept 2018 or Jan 2019. The successful candidate will be funded for 4 years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and the University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Work will occur both at the Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. A quantitative or computational background will be strongly preferred.

Direct inquiries to Kim Cuddington at the University of Waterloo (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). Applicants must meet the standards for entry into the Biology (uwaterloo.ca/biology/graduate-studies/admissions), or Applied math graduate program (uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/graduate-students/applying).

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Graduate Research Opportunity, Sediment carbon biogeochemistry and microbial dynamics in Northern Lakes

Start date: Fall 2018 / Winter 2019

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A graduate assistantship is available to carry out a Ph.D. thesis in the group of the Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS) Department des sciences de biologie of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The research project will focus on regional patterns in organic C sedimentation and burial across northern lakes, exploring potential shifts in contemporary C burial, and establishing links to regional climate and landscape changes. The project will further explore links between lake C burial and other aspects of lake C biogeochemistry in northern landscapes, including carbon loading, dynamics and processing, greenhouse gas dynamics, ecosystem metabolism, and also potential links to sediment microbial community composition and function. The project will involve a combination of approaches, including ITRAX core scanning and stable isotopic analyses to characterize lake sediments, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, and GIS and landscape modeling measurements, and genomic approaches to characterize sediments microbial communities. Our students are part of a highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, to microbial, plankton and ecosystem ecology. The project will be in co-supervision with Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves (McGill University), and the student will therefore also benefit from the extensive resources and expertise available in the Biology Department at McGill University. 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: Fall 2018/Winter 2019.

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Graduate positions in microbial ecology at UBC Okanagan

Two positions (MSc or PhD) are available as of January 2019 in the Hart lab at UBC Okanagan. Both positions are fully funded and are part of larger collaborative group involving both academic and industrial partners.

Project 1:  Soil microbes and sustainable agriculture

We are looking for students (MSc and PhD) to study microbial communities and their functioning in sustainable agriculture and viticulture.
We are looking for a student to look at the fate microbial biofertilizers in ecosystems. In a related project, we are looking at how plant biodiversity can help mitigate crop diseases.

Position 2:  Evolutionary stability of root symbioses

We are looking for a MSc student to study the evolutionary stability of symbioses.  Using mycorrhizas as a model system, this project asks how plants are able to maintain diverse endophyte communities.

If interested, please submit your CV and a brief  letter explaining your desire to do graduate work to: Dr. Miranda Hart (miranda.hart@ubc.ca)

www.mirandahart.ca

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PhD Position: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal, QC Canada

An exciting PhD opportunity is available at the Department of Biological Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The candidat will join a collaborative group in conducting a large-scale harvest selection experiment based on experimentally-controlled depletions across a series of closed, natural trout populations inhabiting alpine lakes in the Rocky mountains. The goal of the project is to apply eDNA (environmental DNA) metabarcoding to evaluate the biodiversity consequences of size-selective fisheries harvesting on species losses and gains at the whole lake ecosystem scale. The project will also involve experimentation with zooplankton to explore eco-evolutionary responses to size-selective fisheries harvesting.

The successful candidate will receive training in population and community ecology, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology and experimental ecological research. He/she will collaborate closely with researchers at McGill University, Concordia University, and with Parks Canada. The successful applicant will benefit from a strong scientific core in freshwater science at UQAM, as well as a dynamic and collaborative research environment in Montréal, QC.

Qualified applicants will ideally have an MSc degree in biology or a related field, demonstrate evidence of research potential, and have a strong work ethic and keen interest in aquatic ecology. Experience with with DNA techniques and strong statistical, communication, and interpersonal skills are assets. French linguistic skills are not required, but would be considered an asset.

The start date is september 2018 ou january 2019. 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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Graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.), Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge.

MSc. Project 1. This student will examine the establishment and recovery of actively restored biological soil crust communities on drilling waste. You will initiate a trial to test active soil crust restoration techniques, identify bryophyte and lichen species in the crusts to characterize crust community composition in relation to site micro environmental conditions, and measure ecosystem services such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation rates.

MSc. Project 2. This student will examine the active restoration of tundra vascular plant communities from locally collected propagules. You will initiate a trial to test the use of locally collected material on drilling waste sites, and will track the survival and establishment of vascular plants in relation to site micro environmental conditions.

PhD. Project 3. This student will examine how active restoration techniques influence the recovery of soil community structure. You will examine the belowground plant, bacterial, fungal, and archaeal communities in restoration treatments in relation to site micro-environmental conditions. You will use next generation sequencing techniques to characterize belowground communities, develop niche models for important species, and will link soil community structure to key soil ecosystem services. You will have opportunities to expand your work to additional questions, and to lead collaborations with other project members.

These projects have an anticipated start date of either September 2018 or January 2019. Project 1 will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Stewart and Projects 2 and 3 will be co-supervised by Drs. Lamb and Siciliano.

For more information:

Eric Lamb: http://homepage.usask.ca/~egl388/index.html

Katherine Stewart: https://agbio.usask.ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/katherine-stewart.php

Steven Siciliano: https://www.usask.ca/toxicology/people/faculty/steven-siciliano.php

Requirements:

PhD. Project. A thesis based (research) MSc. degree with evidence of scientific productivity through the publication of one or more peer reviewed manuscripts. Graduate level experience and training in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics, restoration ecology.

MSc. Projects. A BSc. or BSAg degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: bryology, plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology.

Application Procedure

Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca) with a package including:

  • Cover letter describing your background and research experience and indicating which project you are most interested in.
  • an up-to-date CV
  • unofficial transcript(s). A scan or .pdf copy is sufficient.
  • an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project).
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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 2018.

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
  • 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 29 juin 2018 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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Graduate student position – behavioural ecology of white-footed mice

Graduate-level applications are being accepted for the Functional Ecology lab at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. We study co-adaptations among metabolic, behavioural, performance, and life-history traits using diverse tools ranging from comparative to quantitative genetic approaches. Current openings include field-based projects on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Interested students should visit the Functional Ecology lab webpage for more information why and how to apply: https://vincentcareau.weebly.com/join-the-lab.html

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PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology/Bioinformatics – McGill University – MacDonald Campus

Scope

The fish population genetics and genomics (FPG2) lab in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University is seeking applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics, comparative phylogenomics, and population genomics. Part of the work will consist of de novo assembly and annotation of genomes from generated long read sequences, as well as, performing extensive population RAD and/or RNA sequencing surveys. Although fieldwork experience is not required, a strong potential exists for students to participate in sample collections in Arctic coastal and offshore marine environments, as well as in more local areas.

Skills

Candidates should have an academic background in ecology, evolution, genetics and/or informatics/bioinformatics and be an independent learner with a strong work ethic. A working proficiency in the R script writing language is recommended (working knowledge of Python/C++ also beneficial). Familiarity with Linux/Unix based high performance computing clusters (HPCC) and the use of bioinformatics packages (e.g., SOAP, Geneious, CLC genomics workbench and GATK among others) would be an asset. The successful candidate should also have strong lab and interpersonal skills allowing them to also work well in a laboratory setting and in a group.

The Department

Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary department based out of McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Québec, Canada (http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/). McGill University offers competitive graduate scholarships, including tuition waivers, and visa differential waivers (for international students that qualify) for applicants based on grades and research experience (please see the sites listed below for more information).

http://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/

http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students

Although funds are available to support a PhD student, the eventual hire is expected to apply for either national/provincial support and/or institutional internal graduate scholarships.

Application 

To apply, please send a current c.v., unofficial copies of academic transcripts, brief description of your research interests (~ 1/2 page), and contact information for 2-3 referees. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before July 1st. Electronic applications (PDF only please) can be sent to:

denis.roy5[at]mcgill[dot]ca
Denis Roy
Assistant Professor
Macdonald-Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9
FPG2 Lab webpage: http://denisroy.weebly.com

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