Postdoctoral position: Scaling plant-climate interactions from leaves to ecosystems. Application deadline: May 15th 2019.

The Physiological Ecology Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (PI Sean Michaletz; is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study plant microclimates and their effects on plant physiological functioning across scales. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Stephanie Pau (Florida State University) and Brian Enquist (University of Arizona).

The postdoc will help develop, test, and refine new mechanistic theory for “scaling up” climate-driven physiology through levels of biological organization.  The project will synthesize approaches from meteorology and metabolic ecology.  The goal is to develop novel integrative theory for predicting plant canopy microclimates and how these drive the scaling of physiology from leaves to individuals to ecosystems.  Theory will be tested and refined using new and long-term data collected at our growing network of annual forest monitoring plots in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Panama, and across the USA.  The position is funded through the Canadian Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat New Frontiers in Research Fund.  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine mathematical models with data to study links between climate change, plant-environment interactions, and metabolic scaling to understand and predict plant resource stocks and fluxes.  Candidates with training outside of the biological sciences (e.g. in the physical sciences or geosciences) are also encouraged to apply. 

Funding is available for at least 2 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is June 1st 2019 but may be flexible.  Information on benefits is available at  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

 Required skills include experience in field work, working with data in R, and combining mathematical models with field data.  Desired skills include experience in synthesis and management of large digital datasets, measuring and processing plant ecophysiology data, and familiarity with some ecophysiology instrumentation (e.g. thermal cameras, weather stations, data loggers, infrared gas analyzers, sapflow meters, etc.).  Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or awarded within the last five years.  The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the project requires willingness to work in a team setting. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, a recent publication, and names and contact information for three references to Sean Michaletz at  The application deadline is May 15th 2019, but review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact Sean Michaletz at any time with questions or to discuss projects.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity: Conservation Biologist PDS-in-Residence. Application deadline: April 30, 2019.

As part of the Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholars program1 at the University of Calgary, I am recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar with a focus on conservation biology (especially translocations) and outreach. The candidate will be a Postdoctoral “Scholar in Residence”, spending a significant amount of time (especially spring through fall) at the Barrier Lake Field Station2, which is a leading field research station situated in spectacular Kananaskis Country, while still close to Calgary, Canmore, and Banff.

Ideally, I am seeking an individual with interests in [1] systematic literature reviews, [2] (spatial) modelling, and [3] field work on semi-aquatic/aquatic species of conservation concern in foothill and montane habitats. Please note that expertise/experience in all three areas is not an absolute requirement, with a personal ranking of [3] > [1] > [2] re: importance. With regard to potential species, bull trout is a prime candidate, although I am open to other options (e.g., long-toed salamanders).

This position is intended to expand the research capacity/activity and community connections of the field stations. For the former, the ideal candidate will catalyze impromptu research collaborations with visiting researchers, oversee journal clubs or research seminars, etc. For the latter, they will promote outreach in various ways, with possibilities including organizing the annual Open House, overseeing citizen science projects, interacting with visiting school groups, and building connections with neighbouring Stoney Nakoda First Nations3 or the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative4.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology, evolution, conservation biology or some combination of the three (e.g., evolutionary ecology). Because this position is offered through the Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholars program, the successful candidate must represent a new recruitment to the University of Calgary, and have a track record that would be competitive for national or international fellowships. The candidate will ideally be available for a September 2019 start.

I am committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM5, and cognizant of the literature documenting systemic hurdles and biases facing those from traditionally underrepresented groups. I especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply, and applications will be reviewed using a conscious inclusion perspective.

Remuneration: $55,000/year for two years, covered by the Eyes High program, with additional health benefits, employer contributions, relocation, and research-related expenses from my research funds.

How to Apply: Please send your CV and a statement of research and outreach background and interests (with contact information for two referees), by email to Dr. Steven Vamosi (, by April 30, 2019. Please note that the final application, a slightly expanded version of what I’m currently requiring (including two formal letters of reference), will be due to the University of Calgary by May 31, 2019 – I will work with the shortlisted candidate on that.




Spatial dynamics of narwhal in a rapidly changing environment – Post Doctoral Fellowship Position

University of Windsor, University of Manitoba, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and World Wildlife Fund – Canada.

We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join a dynamic Arctic research team including academic, government and non-governmental partners. The PDF will be responsible for synthesizing and analysing various types of satellite telemetry data (horizontal and vertical) obtained from instrumented narwhal (Monodon monoceros) across the Canadian Arctic. Through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, long term marine mammal monitoring programme, narwhal have been equipped with telemetry devices at multiple locations over the past three decades (1989 to present). This monitoring includes recent intense tagging efforts as part of the Ecosystem Approach to Tremblay Sound program (2017-present; Eclipse Sound near the community of Pond Inlet/Mittimatalik). These tagging campaigns now provide a unique long-term telemetry data set to address key management and conservation questions for this iconic and culturally important endemic Arctic species.

The broad objectives of this project are to characterize the type, size and location of core habitat (winter and summering grounds), define migration routes and determine the drivers of narwhal residency/movement behavior. The project specifically aims to take advantage of this long term data series to examine (i) inter-individual variation in movement behaviours from single tagging locations within and among years and (ii) inter annual variation in timing of residency and migrations to assess the degree of change that has occurred/is occurring. These outcomes will allow predictions on how ongoing climate shifts will impact narwhal movement and behavior to assist management. The project will also use data rich GPS fastloc data to examine fine scale movements and habitat use of narwhal in a region where shipping is rapidly increasing with unknown consequences for narwhal behaviour and life history dynamics.  The tasks of the successful candidate will initially include organization, cleansing and standardisation of data and an evaluation to ascertain data integrity to address identified questions. Following this first phase, the PDF will lead on addressing core questions agreed by all partners.

The position is initially funded for one year with the possibility of renewal based on performance and budget. The successful candidate will be based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

To apply, the candidate will possess a PhD in the area of ecology and will have a strong quantitative background including programming skills (using software such as R, Python, or MATLAB), familiarity with database management, and previous experience of telemetry data. The successful candidate will be expected to operate independently and as part of a broader interdisciplinary team, communicate with diverse stakeholders and be willing to share their expertise and enthusiasm among team members. The PDF will present findings at National/International Meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter stating their work/academic experience to date, research interests and how these meet the stated selection criteria,  a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for two academic/research references. Please submit your application package to Marianne Marcoux ( and Nigel Hussey (


PhD or Postdoctoral Fellowship: Impacts of Multiple Stressors on Nearshore Aquatic Ecosystems in the Great Lakes

We are recruiting a PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow to participate in a multidisciplinary study on the impacts of multiple environmental stressors (nutrient pollution, invasive species, and climate change) on the Laurentian Great Lakes with a focus on nearshore water quality and proliferation of nuisance benthic algae. The study will involve 1) analysis of long-term data from lake and stream surveys in the Toronto region of Lake Ontario and sites throughout the Great Lakes, 2) conducting multi-factor nearshore mesocosm experiments, and 3) statistical modeling to test theoretical and applied hypotheses on nearshore ecosystem structure and function in the Great Lakes.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience (or strong interest) in:

  • aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry,
  • algal and invertebrate physiology or ecology,
  • aquatic mesocosm experiments, and
  • multivariate statistical modeling

Candidates should submit the following as a pdf-file to

  1. Research statement (< 1 page) showing relevant experience and interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. University transcripts (scanned into the pdf file)
  4. Names and contact information of two references
  5. One or two relevant peer-reviewed scientific publications

Funding is available for 4 years for PhD students or 2 years for PDFs. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Start date: ASAP.

The study will be conducted in partnership with the following organizations, and the candidate may be able to hold the position at any of these locations (see links for more information):

  • Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Toronto, ON
  • Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MOECP), Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch, Etobicoke, ON
  • Canadian Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW), Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington, ON
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Paul Weidman, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
University of Windsor


Dr. Ken Drouillard, Professor
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
University of Windsor


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Peatland Ecosystem Modeling at the University of Western Ontario

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Ontario Forest Research Institute (OMNRF – OFRI), is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating carbon dynamics in the face of disturbance and climate change in forested peatlands of Canada’s boreal zone.  The successful candidate will use quantitative modeling approaches to calibrate and incorporate soil and decomposition data into established peatland carbon models (CaMP, DNDC) using data from two experimental peatland sites.

This position is part of the BRACE (Biological Response to A Changing Environment) project, a large-scale, field-based initiative in conjunction with the OMNRF – OFRI, and the Canadian Forest Service – Great Lakes Forestry Centre.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  Successful candidates will be based in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario, in the laboratories of Dr. Zoë Lindo and Dr. Brian Branfireun, will be co-supervised by Dr. Jim McLaughlin and collaborate with Dr. Maara Packalen at the OMNRF-OFRI.

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in ecology, physical geography, or related discipline with a strong background in process-based ecosystem science.  Candidates must have demonstrated skills in Visual C++ 6.0 and executed in PC Windows.  Experience in conducting field-based experiments and remote field experience is desirable but not required.  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 independently prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately and the successful applicant would be expected to begin the position by May 1, 2019.  The initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon funding and satisfactory performance.  The salary range is $50000-$55000 per annum, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at

Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, cover letter with a statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, but evaluation of applications will begin April 1st.


Post-doctoral fellowship in population ecology and conservation biology

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (

Laboratory: Integrative Wildlife Conservation (

We are hiring a post-doctoral fellow to conduct research at the interface of behavioural ecology, population ecology, and conservation biology. Our lab includes a wide range of research areas that are suitable for a highly-productive post-doctoral fellowship; below are examples of the areas that are immediately available for post-doctoral research, and depending on interest and expertise, the fellow can develop specific research questions within the scope of a larger project:

  • Boreal forest and climate change – We forecast dire consequences of climate change to birds and mammals in the boreal forest (Murray et al. 2017 PLoS (ONE)12(5): e0176706). Through field sampling, species distribution modeling, population viability analysis, and/or landscape genetics and adaptive genomics, we can assess: 1) current and potential future extent of change in boreal species; 2) how boreal breakdown may affect population processes and viability of native species; 3) likely patterns of invasive colonization; 4) genome-level evidence of stress or adaptation.
  • Long-term ecological monitoring design – Long-term ecological monitoring programs must be optimized if they are to contribute tangibly to future conservation and management. Our previous work (Murray et al. 2010, Ecology 91: 571-581; Murray et al. 2008 J. Wildl. Manage. 72: 1463-1472) questions existing approaches in population analysis and management. Through time series analysis, statistical power analysis, and simulation modeling, the project may assess: 1) time series features for reliable detection of population decline and trend; 2) statistical approaches for quantifying population cyclicity and cyclic attenuation; 3) design optimization for ecological surveys in heterogenous and dynamic landscapes; 4) forecasting population viability using limited or biased data. Our lab-based model system (Borlestean et al. 2015 Ecol. Evol. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00037) is available to test specific model predictions in an empirical context.
  • Non-consumptive effects of predators – The extensive literature on non-lethal effects of predators on prey has excluded clear demonstration of population-level impacts. Through experiments using one of our established model systems (e.g., amphibians – Hossie & Murray 2016 Ecology 97:834-841; algae – Borlestean et al. 2015 Ecol. Evol. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00037) and/or via models parameterized with data from our Canada lynx-snowshoe hare system (Chan et al. 2017 Ecology DOI:10.1002/ecy.1828), we will assess: 1) consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators on prey populations; 2) the role of prey vulnerability and predator selectivity on consumptive/non-consumptive dynamics; and 3) conditions promoting additive vs. compensatory predation.

In addition to conducting research, the post-doctoral fellow may teach 1-2 courses per year in a new online graduate program ( The PDF will also have opportunities to mentor and collaborate with graduate students. Candidates are welcome to propose new areas of research.

The successful candidate will have a PhD and MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications in relevant areas, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a large group.

The PDF salary is a minimum of $50,000/year (CDN) + benefits. To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray ( The position is currently open and will close as soon as a suitable candidate is found.


Post-doctoral position available in animal ecology – space use, Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

As part of the research program Caribou Ungava (, we are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in continuing a project on space use by migratory caribou.

Migratory caribou perform annual spring and fall migrations in Nunavik representing more than 1000 km. The large herds of migratory caribou in northern Quebec and Labrador have sharply declined in recent years and the causes of decline are still not well understood. Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance may decrease habitat quality for migratory caribou during migration. This project aims at better understanding the factors involved in habitat selection of migratory caribou during migration. Using GPS locations on >500 migratory caribou over 10 years we will define migratory corridors and assess their variation through time according to environmental changes. The identification of migratory routes and the factors determining the behavior of caribou is essential to direct conservation efforts towards the most critical habitat.

Director : Steeve Côté (Department of Biology, Laval University)
Co-director: Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate change Canada)
Start date : as soon as possible for a duration of 18 months
Funding : $35 000 to $45 000 annual fellowship depending on experience and social benefits

Required skills :

  • PhD in animal ecology or similar subject;
  • Strong academic and publication records;
  • Rigor, autonomy, written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with spatial analyses

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, a CV, copies of University transcripts and 3 names that could provide a reference to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada; (418) 656-2131 # 403490


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aquatic Ecology at McGill University sponsored by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie (GRIL) 

The GRIL node at McGill University comprises eight aquatic scientists (see list below) that span a broad range of expertise; we are advancing knowledge regarding landscape-scale processes, long-term changes in aquatic structure and function, ecosystem-scale trophic interactions, genomics and molecular ecology, eDNA/eRNA, microbiomes, invasive species, and eco-evolutionary dynamics. We are connected to a larger interuniversity group (GRIL) that has a long-standing history of research excellence (now in its 29th year of continuous funding from the Quebec government).

To advance bold new ideas and to facilitate collaborations within our group, as well as other McGill students & faculty, we are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in Aquatic Ecology. The successful candidate will conduct their own original research in collaboration with at least two GRIL members, and will participate in (or lead) broader group projects that advance collaboration and interaction among members.

Assuming satisfactory performance, the selected postdoctoral fellow will be provided funding for two years, receiving a salary of $44,000/yr. + McGill University benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive a research stipend of at least $6000/yr.

Application requirements: Candidates should submit their CV, a research proposal in Aquatic Ecology (no more than 2 pages in length), three representative publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Candidates should be sure to contact GRIL-McGill members (the list below) with whom they would conduct their research, and to develop their research proposal in consultation with those members. More information can be found on each of the respective PI websites listed below. We will start reviewing applications on April 15, 2019. Please send your applications as a single PDF file (with file name as GRIL_lastname.firstname.pdf) to

GRIL-McGill members, websites & their areas of expertise:

Rowan Barrett (associate member)                                         
Adaptation, Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

Elena Bennett
EcosystemServices, Land-Water links, Biogeochemistry

Jeffrey Cardille
Machine learning, Earth Engine, Remote sensing

Melania Cristescu
Metabarcoding, Population Genetics, Invasive Species

Gregor Fussmann                                                                            
Experimental & Community Ecology, Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Irene Gregory-Eaves
Global Change, Anthropocene, Paleoecology

Andrew Hendry
Eco-evolutionary dynamics, Contemporary Evolution

Anthony Ricciardi
Biological Invasions, Animal Ecology, Food Webs


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.