Graduate student positions – integrative 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 (see the “join the lab” page) for more information why and how to apply (


MSc and PhD Opportunities in Palynology and Paleoecology at the University of Victoria, Canada

I am seeking MSc and PhD students to join my paleoecology lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (, starting September 2019. Research in my lab focuses on the ecological dynamics of forests since the last glaciation, wetland succession and peatland carbon accumulation, and the development of paleoecological tools aimed at improving our ability to make inferences about the past.
The available MSc position will focus on investigating morphological differences in fir (Abies spp.) pollen, for application in paleoecological studies. The area of focus for the PhD position is negotiable; PhD students are encouraged to develop their own research projects related to past ecological change. Potential research areas include: long-term forest dynamics including disturbance regimes; the past effects of tephra deposition on plant communities; and, the links between climate, vegetation and carbon accumulation in peatlands. PhD-level research combining paleoecological techniques with neoecological or molecular approaches is also possible.
Research funding and a guaranteed stipend are available. Ideal candidates will have a solid background in plant ecology, palynology, paleoecology or a related discipline, and excellent academic standing. Applicants for the PhD position must have a MSc degree or equivalent experience. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief statement of research interests, CV, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for two academic references to Terri Lacourse (
Information about graduate studies at the University of Victoria can be found at:

Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Nitrogen Use Efficiency Physiology of Conifers at the University of Alberta

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating nitrogen use efficiency in white spruce.  The successful candidates will use ecophysiological approaches to identify and characterize determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in this conifer species, and to compare nitrogen use efficiency parameters amongst families.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  This project is part of Spruce Up, a large-scale genomics project funded by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, Genome BC, and Genome Alberta. Depending on the successful candidate’s background and interests, the incumbent may participate in related Spruce Up research activities, such as proteomic identification of proteins important for N remobilization in white spruce.

Successful candidates will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Janice Cooke (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta).  Depending on the scope of the successful candidate’s individual project within the larger project, they will actively collaborate with Dr. R. Glen Uhrig (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Benoit Rivard (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Nathalie Isabel (Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre) and/or Dr. Ingo Ensminger (Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga).

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in plant physiology, ecology, genetics, genomics or related discipline, and cannot have received this PhD prior to 2015.  Candidates with a background in plant physiology and who have strong skills in statistical analyses will be given priority.  Knowledge of nitrogen utilization (uptake, allocation, partitioning, remobilization, metabolism) will also be prioritized.  Experience in conducting plant experiments in growth chamber/greenhouse conditions and in the field is preferable.  The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues from universities, governments and other research organizations is essential.  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately.  As per Department of Biological Sciences policy, the initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon satisfactory performance. The salary range is $45000-$50000 per annum for Year 1, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to



SUMMARY: The Y2Y vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. As well providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape conservation”. This applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of use. The results will be used to inform and manage access.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers, conservationists, and partners in the US and Canada to:

  • develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;
  • working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and,
  • develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region (e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components, and where managing recreation differently could advance conservation priorities).

This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and research in non-profit and academic sectors. This may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development. 

QUALIFICATIONSPh.D. in conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial skills. An interest and background in recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research that informs management and conservation. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets outside conservation science, from people who identify as under-represented minorities, and international applications. 

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics, classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets, LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)
  • Publication record (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)
  • Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and multi-tasking

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians
  • Literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Grant writing and working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners
  • Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)

SETTING: Based in either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia (significant time spent at the other location) and travel within the Y2Y region.

START DATE: The appointee will preferably start on or before June 1, 2019.

SALARY: $45,000-50,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience, second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

TO APPLY: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, 1-3 writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to

CLOSING DATE: Application review will begin February 15, 2019, with interviews anticipated in spring 2019. The position will remain open until filled.