Graduate student opportunity in Hotwater Physa at Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park

We are seeking potential graduate students (MSc preferred) to work on projects that address natural history knowledge gaps, the life history, food requirements, threats, captive rearing, taxonomy, systematics and relatedness to snails in other thermal springs. Fieldwork may be a component of the project.

Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) is a small freshwater snail endemic to thermal springs within Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park situated in northeast British Columbia. The species was assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1998 as Endangered, a status that was re-examined and confirmed in 2000 and 2008. Hotwater Physa was listed as Endangered under the federal Species At Risk Act in 2003. The University of Regina, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada are collaborating on the species’ recovery actions.

Natural history and biological information on Hotwater Physa is limited. The species was first noted in 1973 and taxonomically described in 1985. The initial COSEWIC status report is the earliest information on population estimates, and water quality data such as temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. Further work completed in 2000 and 2001 provides additional water quality data (temperature and conductivity) and estimated snail abundance along a portion of Alpha Stream. Additional field studies were completed in 2007, 2008, 2012-2016.

These graduate positions will be based out of the University of Regina, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Environment, and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Travel costs between sites, including field work at Liard hotsprings, and to international conferences will be covered.

To apply, please send: 1) a CV; 2) unofficial copies of academic transcripts; and 3) a brief description of your research interests to: kerri.finlay@uregina.ca. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. Start dates are flexible, but preference will be made for students who can begin in Sept 2017 or Jan 2018. For more details on graduate applications see: https://www.uregina.ca/gradstudies/. More detail on Dr. Finlay’s lab can be found at http://kerrifinlay.wixsite.com/kerri.

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PhD, MSc, and potential PDF positions in ecology at University of Ottawa

The Conservation and Macroecology research group at University of Ottawa, led by Jeremy Kerr, is offering fully funded PhD (preferred) and MSc positions to address questions related to how habitat and climate changes interact with species’ traits to alter the structure of butterfly and bumblebee communities across environmental gradients. This work includes collaborative opportunities with national and international research leaders and for interactions with policy processes uniquely available in Ottawa. Postdoctoral (PDF) applications will also be considered.

Research will integrate field research with broad-scale (macroecological) models. Projects include opportunities for advances in conservation biology, global change biology, integrating understanding from evolutionary ecology. Projects will fall within the scope of Kerr’s research program (http://www.macroecology.ca/Papers.html) and are supported by an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.

Our research group embraces diversity and we maintain a welcoming and enriching atmosphere in all aspects of our work. Current and past lab members have enjoyed outstanding successes, finding careers in the professoriate, research scientists, and as conservationists.

Successful applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, have skills with R or a strong motivation to learn those skills, excellent capacity to work collegially and supportively with all members of the research group, and an interest in combining field research on butterflies and/or bumblebees and macroecological analyses. Applicants with interests in both pure and applied conservation questions are particularly welcome.

Ottawa is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful cities, with exceptional cultural and outdoor activities throughout the year.

For graduate students, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We will begin considering applications on June 26 and will continue doing so until all positions are filled. We are looking for successful applicants to begin as soon as possible.

Send electronic applications, including a brief and informative cover letter, CV, transcript copies (official or unofficial), and the names of two references to Jeremy Kerr (jkerr@uottawa.ca).

PHD position: GENOMICS OF HOST-PARASITE CO-EVOLUTION

We have a fully-funded 4-year PhD position available in the Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. The PhD student will work on a project aimed at dissecting the genomic bases of the co-evolution between a parasite Schistocephalus solidus and its host, the threespine stickleback.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate. The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in biology or a related discipline, and a background in bioinformatics, statistics (R, Python or Perl) and genomics. The candidate should have strong leadership skills, motivation and creativity and be able to work in a team of collaborators. Starting date could be as early as September 2017.

The Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories are located at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval. IBIS offers a very stimulating training environment and cutting edge on-site platforms in genomics, proteomics and microscopy. The Aubin-Horth Lab members are evolutionary biologists, neuroendocrinologists and behaviour biologists working together using an integrative approach to uncover the mechanisms underlying the alteration of stickleback behaviour by its endoparasite. The Landry lab is an international team of 15 students, PDFs and research associates from different backgrounds (microbiology, biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry) addressing questions in evolutionary cell and systems biology.

For more information on the project, our labs and how to apply, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AubinHorthLab/posts/1317844904960820

MSc or PhD project: Ecology of Tree swallows. Application deadline: 23 July, 2017.

We are seeking to recruit a student at the MSc and/or PhD level to join our research team at the Département de biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, starting in September 2017 or January 2018.

Our research aims at assessing the effects of environmental heterogeneity on a population of Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) living in an agricultural landscape. The research project of the candidate will thus be developed within this framework. The candidate will participate to a long-term study conducted in southern Québec since 2004 and will benefit from biological data collected on more than 13000 individuals. The candidate will contribute to field work (2- 3 months each year) and should ideally have skills in handling birds and a good knowledge of statistical analyses and ecology. The Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution, therefore either some knowledge of French or an interest in learning it is essential.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter, as well as the contact information of two references before 23 July 2017 to:

Marc Bélisle : Marc.M.Belisle@USherbrooke.ca Dany Garant : Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca Fanie Pelletier : Fanie.Pelletier@Usherbrooke.ca

See also cret-recherche.weebly.com for more details on our research group.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Stream Ecosystem Ecology

SUPERVISORS: Neil Rooney (nrooney@uoguelph.ca) and Merritt Turetsky (mrt@uoguelph.ca)

We are seeking an enthusiastic graduate student with a strong academic record to undertake an MSc or PhD in ecosystem ecology focusing on the effect of agricultural practices on the structure and functioning of wetland and stream ecosystems. PhD students are preferred. As part of the recently launched ‘Food from Thought’ initiative at the University of Guelph (http://news.uoguelph.ca/2016/09/u-g-receives-nearly-77-million-launch-food-thought/), this graduate project presents an exciting opportunity to participate in a large collaborative research effort that aims to quantify ecological effects of agricultural practices from individuals to ecosystems.

This project will take a field based approach to linking farming practices to hydrology, soil and stream nutrient cycling and metabolism across gradient of agricultural intensity. The results of the research will be essential in the development of crucial links among different scales of ecological organisation.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  1. Has a strong background in biogeochemical cycling and/or aquatic ecosystem metabolism (MSc preferred)
  2. Thrives in a collaborative environment and enjoys field work
  3. Has strong quantitative skills (i.e. statistics and/or programming)

Starting date: Fall 2017.

Stipend: Minimum funding of 20,000$/year for 4 years. There are also opportunities for TAships and scholarships through the School of Environmental Sciences, and the University of Guelph does offer competitive matching for exceptional students.

Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short statement of research interests, and the contact information of two referees to: nrooney@uoguelph.ca. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

PhD project in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph – Closing date: January 1, 2018

Development of novel biotracers to understand the impact of agricultural practices on aquatic wildlife

A Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)-funded PhD student position is available for a candidate interested in wildlife conservation and physiology. The candidate will seek to assess the cumulative impacts of human activity in fish exposed to gradients of agricultural runoff using physiological tools, both in field and laboratory settings. Individual measures of chronic stress and contaminant exposure will be combined with an analysis of physiological and ecological indicators of fish performance. This project aims to develop and validate new biotracers of the sublethal effects of pollution on aquatic wildlife, which could revolutionize our approach to aquatic environmental assessment and monitoring.

The overarching theme of the University of Guelph CFREF is precision agriculture and environmental sustainability. The selected candidate will join the CFREF ecology team composed of up to 25 collaborators across 4 Departments plus the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. The primary objective of the ecology team is to understand, and mitigate against, the impacts of a range of agricultural practices on adjacent ecosystems. The development of novel efficient biotracers that can serve as early warning signals of agricultural impacts on aquatic ecosystems will be essential to inform wildlife ecologists and management.

Applications must consist of the following: (1) a letter expressing your interest; (2) an unofficial transcript; (3) names of at least two references; and (4) an example of your scientific writing.

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph currently has a number of major graduate scholarships available. Students with excellent academic records should visit the following website for further information: https://www.uoguelph.ca/ib/new_graduate_scholarships

Contact persons:
Nicholas Bernier (nbernier@uoguelph.ca) and Frederic Laberge (flaberge@uoguelph.ca)

PhD project in fire ecology in the eastern Canadian taiga

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to conduct a thesis in fire ecology in the fire-prone eastern Canadian taiga. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with Laval University, the Canadian Forest Service and the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). The thesis will be part of a larger multidisciplinary project funded by NSERC, the Ouranos consortium, Hydro-Québec and Manitoba Hydro, that will focus on mapping the fire risk and performing a cost-benefit analysis of fire mitigation scenarios.

The selected candidate will be responsible for reconstructing the fire regime of the last 200 years along a continentality gradient corresponding to a 200 km road transect. An important challenge will consist in combining several field approaches to reconstruct fire date, fire size and fire numbers as fire activity decrease inland. A second challenge will be to quantify the interactions and feedbacks between wildfire activity and forest composition along the fire activity gradient.

The candidate will actively contribute to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will be mainly under the supervision of Dominique Arseneault and Martin Simard and will benefit from the diverse expertise of our team members in the fields of taiga ecology, fire ecology, dendrochronology and remote sensing. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years.

We are looking for a candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills. He/she must be interested to perform fieldwork in difficult conditions, be resistant and efficient in the field, and should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline, motivation and determination and have excellent writing skills. Knowledge of French is an asset but is not mandatory.

The project will begin as soon as possible, preferably in September 2017. We will accept applications as long as the position is not filled. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).

PhD project in fire spread modelling and fire risk mapping in the eastern Canadian taiga

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to conduct a thesis in fire risk simulation in the fire-prone eastern Canadian taiga. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with the Canadian Forest Service, Laval University and the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). The thesis will be part of a larger multidisciplinary project funded by NSERC, the Ouranos consortium, Hydro-Québec and Manitoba Hydro, that will focus on mapping the fire risk and performing a cost-benefit analysis of fire mitigation scenarios.

The selected candidate will be responsible for using a fire spread model (the Burn-P3 model) to map burn probabilities across a large hydroelectric complex (300 000 km2) in northern Québec. An important challenge will be to parameterize the simulations in order to generate realistic fire activity (number and size of fires), as well as to reproduce the negative feedback on burn rates due to the low fuel loads of young forest stands. The candidate will do a MITACS internship hosted by Manitoba Hydro to facilitate knowledge transfer and application of the methodology developed from the Quebec case study to Manitoba.

The candidate will actively contribute to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will be mainly under the supervision of Marc-André Parisien, Yan Boulanger and Dominique Arseneault and will benefit from the diverse expertise of our team members in the fields of fire ecology, fire spread modelling and statistical modeling. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years. Additional funding may be available.

We are looking for a candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills. This person should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline, motivation and determination and to work effectively within a team and have excellent writing skills. GIS and R programming skills would also be precious assets. Knowledge of French is an asset but is not mandatory.

The project will begin as soon as possible, preferably in September 2017. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).

PHD POSITION IN THEORETICAL COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with a strong academic record to undertake a PhD in theoretical ecology on the effect of landscape connectivity on the diversity and trophic structure of forest ecological communities.

Project summary: Anthropogenic transformations of landscapes impact ecological community in complex ways. Understanding the relationship between spatial and temporal biodiversity patterns and the processes of habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation constitutes an important challenge for preserving the functioning and structure of forest ecological communities. As part of this project, the student will be in responsible for developing a dynamical model to study the influence of habitat connectivity and species dispersal on diversity and trophic structure within forest metacommunities.

The candidate will enroll in the PhD program in biology and will join the Center for Forest Research under the supervision of Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ) and Daniel Kneeshaw (UQAM).
Starting date: Fall 2017.
Stipend: 20,000$/year for 3 years.

Expertise/ Profile required

  • MSc in biological sciences or related disciplines *AND* good knowledge and skills in modelling and quantitative analysis.

OR

MSc in mathematics or physics *AND* a high motivation to learn community ecology.

  • Familiar with computer programming (R, matlab, C or python).
  • Independent, rigorous and excellent skills in analysis and problem solving.
  • Be able to work and write in French and English (or motivation to do so).

Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short motivation letter (max 1 page), and the contact information of two referees to: elise.filotas@teluq.ca. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

M.Sc. Position, University of Regina – Management and conservation of sharp-tailed grouse in Saskatchewan. Closing date: July 1, 2017.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated student to lead a project examining factors related to Sharp-tailed Grouse ecology and management in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Using both a field component and statistical modelling, this project will address questions related to climate and habitat factors affecting lek counts and lek habitat
selection.  The successful applicant will be: (1) a motivated team player, (2) interested in a project with broad wildlife management applications, (3) willing to engage with local landowners, conservation and hunting communities in Saskatchewan, industrial partners, and Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment staff to support this research, (4) capable
of managing a 2-4 person field crew, and (5) willing to apply for various funding opportunities including a MITACS or NSERC scholarship. The project is fully funded, including a graduate student stipend, for the 2017-2018 year.

Applicants will be under the co-supervision of Dr. Chris Somers and Dr. Ryan Fisher (adjunct professor) in the Department of Biology at the University of Regina. To apply for this position please email a copy of your resume/CV, a short cover letter detailing previous experience and why you want to be considered for this position, transcripts, and a list of 2 references to  Chris Somers (chris.somers@uregina) and Ryan Fisher (ryan.fisher@uregina.ca).

Closing date is July 1, 2017 with the expected start date on September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.