Call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. Application deadline: November 1, 2017..

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2017.  See for more details.

Please see to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.


Sally Otto

Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC
Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
604 822 2778 (work)

Postdoctoral Associate in Marine Microbial Ecology

We are seeking two or three post-docs to join an interdisciplinary lab working at the intersection of plankton ecology and the consequences of climate change. We have several active projects including work on marine microbial biogeography and bioinformatic analysis of eukaryotic (protist) transcriptomes. The position is located at Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, Canada). We have strong collaborative relationships with colleagues at MIT and other US universities. Funding is provided by the Simons Foundation and NSERC Canada.

We are seeking independent, creative researchers with a keen interest in developing new computational skills. Your primary focus will likely be in one of statistical modelling, time-series analysis, or bioinformatics.

You should have a PhD with research experience in one or more of statistics, oceanography, or marine ecology. Strong computing skills with experience with R and Bayesian statistical modeling tools would be an asset. Your application should include a c.v., contact information for three referees, and a brief description of your research experience, interests and goals. Send your inquiries or application as a pdf to Andrew Irwin, Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

For more information about the lab go to


Postdoc position in macro ecology and conservation at the University of Northern British Columbia

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a NASA funded project mapping change in global forest integrity over time, and linking this change to biodiversity trends.

The project team involves investigators from University of Northern British Columbia (Oscar Venter), NASA (Cindy Schmidt), the United Nations Development Program (Jamison Ervin), Wildlife Conservation Society (James Watson), Montana State University (Andrew Hansen), University of Maryland (Matthew Hansen) and Arizona State University (Scott Goetz and Patrick Jantz). The results of this project will inform the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans in 6 partner countries (Columbia, Indonesia, Brazil, DRC, Vietnam, Ecuador).

The postdoc will join the IFD lab for two years, contributing to the project by updating the global human footprint map ( with the latest datasets, as well as investigate empirical links between biodiversity trends and measures of the Human Footprint and forest integrity. Opportunities will be available for independent projects on related topics, as well as supervising graduate students with overlapping interests.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and a desire to contribute to real world conservation outcomes, as well as enjoy working as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, the successful candidate will have some combination of skills in: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS.

Position details: Salary is $55K CND/year, term is 2 years, based in Prince George BC, Canada.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Oscar Venter at oscar.venter@ unbc. ca. For questions, contact Dr Venter.

Review of applications will begin 30 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral Fellow position (Canada)

A postdoctoral fellow position is available with Dr. Craig Purchase at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Lab research focuses on evolutionary ecology, particularly life history variation, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, and sperm & egg quality/performance. Most of our current work is on gamete ecology. We do not focus on aquaculture oriented questions, but do work on a variety of marine and freshwater fishes.

For more information on my research program visit

The PDF will likely (1) be given data from completed experiments to write up quickly, (2) conduct new experiments, and (3) function as a group leader. Most of the research will be on wild salmonids.

I am most interested in people that have backgrounds in fish reproduction, or salmon biology, or sperm biology (any taxa). Candidates should have a PhD and a proven publication record.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and unofficial copy of transcripts to

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted July 7/17) and continue until the position is filled. If a suitable candidate can be found, I desire to have them start asap, but necessarily before November 2017. Salary is TBD, and the position will likely be supported for 12 months.





WCS Canada and Lakehead University are seeking a recent PhD graduate for a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation biology. The project will focus on applying advanced ecological modeling techniques to understand the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed. This project supports a broader long-term collaborative research program between WCS Canada and Moose Cree First Nation (Resource Protection Unit), which is using field-based research (acoustic telemetry, physiological measurements) to understand the impacts of a hydroelectric facility on lake sturgeon. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing models (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models) to predict the impacts of various development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations, and publish their results in the peer-reviewed literature. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with the fieldwork collecting acoustic telemetry and physiological data from lake sturgeon within the Moose River basin. As well as having opportunities to contribute to the Lakehead University academic community, such as through seminars, there will be opportunities to contribute to WCS Canada’s applied conservation efforts and outreach activities, such as through blog posts, community presentations, and commenting on policy and management proposals.

Position objectives:

1) Model the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed and publish results as a peer-reviewed publication.
2) Conduct lake sturgeon ecological field research (physiological measurements and acoustic telemetry).


1) Recent PhD graduate in relevant field (e.g., fisheries, spatial ecology, quantitative ecology, conservation, etc.). Senior PhD candidates are also encouraged to apply, but the successful applicant must defend their PhD prior to starting this position.
2) Demonstrated ability to apply advanced modelling techniques (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models, etc.) to ecological problems.
3) Demonstrated ability to manage safe and effective field-based research projects, including associated logistics and personnel is preferred.
4) Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences.
5) Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary work environment.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV (including contact information for 3 references), and a brief and relevant example of your written work to WCS Canada by email or mail:

By email: with the subject “FRESHWATER PDF”
By mail: Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite #204, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3A7

About WCS Canada:

WCS Canada ( was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.

About the Rennie Lab at Lakehead University:

Our research is focused on the metabolic and community ecology of altered environments. Human activities often create change in the form of multiple stressors, altering the community composition of aquatic ecosystems. Accurately measuring those changes is a critical first step to understanding ecosystem responses to stress. Our research group focuses on understanding how those community changes alter ecosystem energetics and function. Two broad research themes are: 1) understanding the role of multiple stressors (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the community structure and energetics of aquatic ecosystems and 2) understanding ways in which the behaviour and life histories of aquatic organisms can influence population size and ecosystem structure. For more information, see:


Seeking PostDoc: Predicting Spread of Whirling Disease in Fish using Belief Nets

We are seeking  a postdoc to work on modelling the spread of whirling disease using Bayesian Belief and Decision Networks.   Whirling disease infects fish and can have devastating effects on trout and related species.  It was recently detected in Canada, with reports from Alberta in the summer of 2016. It was declared by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be present in the Bow, Oldman and Red Deer River watersheds in Alberta. The project will explore effective ways to model the spread of this disease in ways that will help inform policy makers on appropriate measures for prevention, and response.  We anticipate this will involve the use of Bayesian Belief Networks, and related Probabilistic Graphical Models.

The ideal candidate will have experience with invasion biology and/or machine learning and/or fisheries biology/ecology. S/he must be comfortable with quantitative analysis, with strong skills in R or a similar language.  S/he will need to be able to work well in an interdisciplinary team environment and be goal-oriented.  

The candidate will be jointly supervised by Profs Russ Greiner (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) and Mark Lewis (Math/Stat Sciences and Biological Sciences) at the University of Alberta, and will collaborate with experts from Alberta Environment and Parks.  The home base would be as a member of the research lab of Mark Lewis. This is a 2 year position (renewable after the first year).

This position will be at the University of Alberta, and have a competitive salary. The starting date is August 1, 2017 or when filled.  To apply, please

  • send a cover letter and CV by email to Kim Budinski (, and
  • also have two letters of recommendation emailed to this address.

If you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact Russ Greiner at or Mark Lewis at

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