PhD Student Position Available on Marine Intertidal Ecology – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Multistress effects on key species, biodiversity and functioning of intertidal communities

Project:

Marine coasts are at threat and are changing. Different natural and human disturbances and stressors alter the abundance of multiple marine organisms with unknown consequences for coastal biodiversity and marine ecosystem functioning. We look for a PhD student to join our newly funded project that aims to evaluate the cumulative effects of natural and human stressors on dominant foundation species (macroalgae and grazers) in the intertidal zones of the St Lawrence estuary in Canada.

The project will involve field sampling (observations and manipulation) as well as laboratory essays.

Required skills

The candidate must have a MSc in biology, marine science, environmental science or another closely related field. The candidate’s past achievements and experience must demonstrate that they have a strong aptitude for research. They must also possess strong skills in organization, communication, and scientific writing, and a good knowledge in statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be located at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada. Knowledge of French is advantageous but not obligatory.

Interested persons are kindly requested to submit their candidacy (by email only) to: mathieu.cusson@uqac.ca. The email must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum of two pages) signed by the applicant and explaining the reasons that motivate their application to this position;
  • A curriculum vitae containing all relevant information for this application (including the contact information of two persons who can act as references).

Application deadline: April 15, 2018 starting date: June 1st, 2018 (or September 1st, 2018)

We will communicate only with candidates selected for an interview.
The selection process will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada
Mathieu.Cusson@uqac.ca Web : http://www.uqac.ca/lasa/en/research-2/marine-biology/

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Projet de Maîtrise disponible – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Variabilité spatiale des caractéristiques des communautés intertidales de divers écosystèmes côtiers du Saint-Laurent

Contexte

Le littoral, lieu le plus habité et utilisé par l’homme (activités économiques, culturelles, récréotouristiques, etc.), possède des habitats remplissant plusieurs rôles importants dans le fonctionnement des écosystèmes marins, tout en offrant des services écosystémiques diversifiés aux humains. Paradoxalement, la localisation des écosystèmes sur les côtes de l’estuaire et du Golfe du Saint-Laurent n’est pas encore établie et une évaluation des services des écosystèmes côtiers reste inexistante.

Objectifs

Estimer des valeurs de biomasse, de productivité, de diversité, de stockage du carbone de divers écosystèmes, de ; ii) comparer les sites établis à ceux dégradés; et iii) d’établir des liens génétiques entre les populations des écosystèmes ciblés. Ces travaux, faits en collaboration entre quatre universités, génèreront des résultats importants en écologie et ajouteront un éclairage sur les liens entre la biodiversité, les fonctions et les services offerts par les écosystèmes.

Le candidat doit avoir un BSc en biologie, en sciences marines, en environnement ou autres domaines connexes. Ses occupations passées devront démontrer qu’il détient un bon dossier académique avec des réalisations pertinentes. Il devra aussi montrer ses bonnes capacités organisationnelles, de communications et d’écritures scientifiques.

L’étude des demandes commencera en avril 2018

Les personnes intéressées sont priées de soumettre leur candidature uniquement par courriel à l’adresse suivante : mathieu.cusson@uqac.ca. Ce courriel devra comprendre :

  • Une lettre de présentation expliquant les raisons qui motivent à appliquer sur ce poste;
  • Un curriculum vitae contenant toute l’information pertinente à l’évaluation de la candidature (dont l’adresse de deux répondants).

Nous communiquerons uniquement avec les personnes retenues pour une entrevue. Le processus de sélection se continuera tant que le poste n’est pas pourvu.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Professeur agrégé
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada
Mathieu.Cusson@uqac.ca

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MSc Position in Plant Insect Interactions

The Prager Lab (in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and BioSources at the University of Saskatchewan has funding for a MSc student to work on a fully funded project examining the host choices and biology of Aster Leafhoppers on crop plants and common weeds. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Drs. Tyler Wist and Chrystel Olivier at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative, writing, and laboratory and/or field skills. Interested candidates should email Dr. Prager (sean.prager@usask.ca).

Details on the Prager lab can be found at http://research-groups.usask.ca/entomology/

Details on the department of plant sciences can be found at https://agbio.usask.ca/departments/plant-sciences.php

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is a city of 260,000 people with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The university has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

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M.Sc. Position at Brandon University

The Cassone lab at Brandon University is seeking a highly motivated M.Sc. student to work on projects related to wireworm ecology and the evolution of pesticide resistance. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience conducting field work and using cutting-edge molecular biology tools. This collaborative position is funded for two years and includes stipend support.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cassone directly for further information (cassoneb@brandonu.ca). Please include a brief statement of interest and a CV in your email.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Start DateSummer 2018 preferred

Founded in 1899, Brandon University is a small but thriving institution located in southwestern Manitoba. Students have access to fully renovated labs, greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, as well as state-of-the-art molecular and computational equipment.

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M.Sc. position, Mount Allison University – Shorebird migration ecology

We have an opening for an M.Sc. student interested in studying aspects of migration ecology of Semipalmated Sandpipers. The focus of the work will be on movements, habitat use, foraging ecology, and rates of weight gain of adult and juvenile sandpipers during their migratory stopover in New Brunswick. There is a substantial radiotracking component in which we work with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System (motus.org). There are also opportunities for field work in Brazil during winter. An initial trip is planned for winter 2019.

The student will be based in Dr. Diana Hamilton’s lab at Mount Allison (https://sites.google.com/site/djhamiltonlab/Home/), and will work as part of a team of researchers from Mount Allison, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the University of New Brunswick. We will also be collaborating with researchers based in Brazil.

This project involves substantial field work under sometimes challenging conditions. There will also be some lab work involving basic biochemical and molecular analyses, as well as extensive data analyses using R. We are seeking a student who is independent, enjoys field research, is comfortable with technology and large data sets, and works well in a collaborative group setting. Experience with birds would be as asset, as would proficiency in R. Graduate students in the lab are expected to publish their work and attend and present at national/international conferences.

This position is funded by NSERC and other grants, and the student will also be expected to apply for available funding from other sources when opportunities arise.

Interested students should submit the following documents by email to Dr. Diana Hamilton (dhamilto@mta.ca): 1) A cover letter describing your interests, experience and objectives for graduate school, 2) An up to date CV, 3) an unofficial transcript, 4) names and contact information for 2-3 people who could serve as references. If interested please apply as soon as possible, and certainly before 30 March, 2018We will be evaluating applications as they come in. The start date is flexible; registering for both Sept 2018 and January 2019 are options. Ideally the student would be available for an initial field season in August 2018. There is also potential for someone to work as a technician in the lab for up to 6 months before starting graduate school.

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PhD – Environmental variability and population dynamics of kangaroos.

We are looking for a motivated and capable student, with a keen interest in both population dynamics and fieldwork, for a PhD program on the population dynamics of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. The selected candidate will build upon an existing 10 years of population estimates and individually-based data on survival, growth and reproduction of over 1000 kangaroos in a population in Victoria. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic record and an interest in both fundamental and applied aspects of population dynamics in a highly variable environment. Previous research experience and demonstrated ability to do fieldwork are essential. Candidates who have published previous research and are competitive for scholarships will be preferred. The program will be co-supervised by Marco Festa-Bianchet at the Université de Sherbrooke, Richard Duncan at the University of Canberra and Dave Forsyth at New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

The program will involve a detailed quantification of the drivers of population change over time, including weather, vegetation productivity and population density. The data will allow a detailed decomposition of changes in population size into effects of reproduction, age- and sex-specific survival, and possibly cohort effects.

The successful candidate may register either at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada or the University of Canberra in Australia. The PhD will involve an internship at either the Canadian or Australian institution and at least two additional seasons of fieldwork, leading to an overall data base spanning at least 12 years. Funding for research costs is available. The successful candidate will either apply for a scholarship at the University of Canberra, have an independent scholarship, or be funded by a research grant at the Université de Sherbrooke. For further information, contact Marco Festa-Bianchet at m.festa@USherbrooke.ca or Richard Duncan at Richard.Duncan@canberra.edu.au

Information on the kangaroo research and previous publications are available at http://marco.recherche.usherbrooke.ca/marco.htm

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PhD/MSc projects climate change effects on soil microbes and plant interactions in Canada and Argentina

The Lessard (http://jeanphilippelessard.com/) and Nuñez Labs (https://sites.google.com/site/nunezm/home) are looking for graduate students to work on a newly funded project assessing how soil microbes influence the response of plants to climate change. The project is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning to JP Lessard and will consist of a suite of comparative studies conducted in the boreal forests of Canada and Argentina. The graduate students are expected to be based at Concordia University and conduct fieldwork in both Canada and Argentina.

Potential applicants interested in the project should have previous experience or be willing to learn next generation sequencing techniques in order to characterize soil microbial communities along broad—scale environmental gradients. Prior experience working in plant community ecology or ecosystem ecology more generally is a plus. Prior experience conducting field experiments and the ability to speak French and Spanish are good assets, but not obligatory.

Expected starting date is August 2018 but could be as early as May 2018. The positions come with competitive stipends and cover research expenses related to traveling between Canada and Argentina. Selected applicants are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings.

Applicants should email Tonia De Bellis (tdebellis@dawsoncollege.qc.ca). This email should include:(i)1-2paragraphs describing research interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV (with references), and (iii) unofficial transcript(s) pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. If interested, please apply as soon as possible.

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PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: The effects of urban environments on sexual selection in insects

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Drs. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the effects of urbanisation on life history, personality and sexual selection in Gryllus pennsylvanicus, a field cricket that is native to Québec.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca.

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PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: Alternative mating strategies and sexual selection in tree weta

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the maintenance of alternative mating strategies in the Wellington tree weta (Hemideina crassidens). The Wellington tree weta is a large sexually dimorphic insect native to New Zealand. Male H. crassidens express one of three alternative phenotypes that are related to mating behaviour; the candidate will investigate the factors related to the maintenance of the different morphotypes in the wild. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in New Zealand; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca.

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OPPORTUNITY: PHD IN FOREST TREE BIODIVERSITY

I seek to recruit a Ph.D. student to take part in the newly funded Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory, a multi-institution effort that aims to integrate field surveys of vegetation, measurement of functional traits and spectral signatures of leaves, and spectral images from aerial vehicles, to quantify plant biodiversity from the scale of leaves to the scale of Canada. For this specific project, the student will lead field efforts at one focal site, Parc national du Mont Mégantic (near Sherbrooke, Québec), testing the influence of logging history and climate gradients on tree biodiversity, and calibrating methods to quantify plant diversity and functional traits from aerial images. The student will be supervised by Mark Vellend (Université de Sherbrooke), with possible co-supervision by Étienne Laliberté (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal). We seek candidates with expertise in tree identification, experience doing field work in rugged terrain, quantitative skills, and strong communication abilities. Please send inquiries to Mark Vellend: mark.vellend@usherbrooke.ca

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