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 https://www.uwo.ca/hr/benefits/your_benefits/postdoc/index.html.

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

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

MSc project on the anti-predator posture and colouration in Red-spotted newts

We are currently seeking an MSc student to evaluate variation in anti-predator defences within and across populations of Red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens). The project will involve pairing field studies that quantify variation in defensive colouration and behaviour in wild animals with field experiments that evaluate the efficacy of various strategies across predator guilds and habitat types. More broadly this work will test hypotheses which seek to identify proximate and ultimate explanations for standing variation in suites of defensive strategies both within and among populations.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend as well as coverage of all field-related travel and other expenses. Successful candidates will have a BSc in Biology or related field, experience conducting field work in remote locations, a strong work ethic, and interest in working collaboratively in a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include amphibian field skills, and the ability to work independently. While not necessary, individuals that have experience with high performance liquid chromatography are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by May (preferably) or September 2019, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early. See www.dennismurray.ca for additional information.

 

 

Post-doctoral fellowship in population ecology and conservation biology

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Laboratory: Integrative Wildlife Conservation (http://www.dennismurray.ca)

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 (www.trentu.ca/bema). 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 (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com). The position is currently open and will close as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

 

MSc project on snowshoe hare habitat ecology

We are initiating an MSc project on the spatial and habitat-related ecology of snowshoe hares near Kluane Lake, Yukon. Hares have been studied for >30 years on-site, and the project will assess hare habitat selection relative to landcover types, with emphasis on the spatial distribution of food and cover. Using GIS mapping and remote sensing products (LIDAR, NIRS and other technology), the project will assess how radio-collared hares select habitat through space and time. The work may also involve evaluating temporal shifts in landcover types, or modeling past or future landcover change based upon forest disease epidemics and/or climate change.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend as well as coverage of all field-related travel and other expenses. Successful candidates will have a BSc in Biology, Geography or related field, demonstrated experience working with GIS, LIDAR, NIRS, or other remote sensing products, a strong work ethic, and interest in working collaboratively in a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include animal handling and working in remote field conditions.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by May (preferably) or September 2019, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early. See www.dennismurray.ca for additional information.

APPEL DE CANDIDATURES POUR 2 PROJETS DE MAÎTRISE SUR LES RELATIONS CERF-FORÊT À L’ÎLE D’ANTICOSTI. DATE LIMITE: 30 avril 2019.

Les populations abondantes de grands herbivores constituent à la fois une ressource et une menace pour l’intégrité de certains écosystèmes. À l’île d’Anticosti, le cerf de Virginie compromet la régénération de la communauté forestière dominante, la sapinière à bouleau blanc. En réponse à ce constat, un plan général d’aménagement intégré des ressources du milieu forestier (PGAIR) de l’île d’Anticosti a été mis en place au début des années 2000. Il vise à restaurer l’habitat du cerf de Virginie afin de maintenir à long terme les activités de chasse sportive, principal moteur économique de l’île. La stratégie retenue pour atteindre cet objectif consiste en un réseau de blocs de coupes clôturés à l’intérieur desquels la densité de cerfs est réduite par la chasse sportive afin de favoriser la régénération naturelle du sapin baumier et des espèces compagnes. En absence de régénération naturelle, le plan prévoit la plantation de sapins produits en pépinière.

Nous recherchons deux étudiantes ou étudiants motivé(e)s à entreprendre des études de 2e cycle afin de contribuer à notre objectif de recherche de solutions durables pour la restauration de l’habitat du cerf à l’île d’Anticosti et d’orientation des efforts d’aménagement.

Projet 1: évaluation de la stratégie d’aménagement forêt-cerf à l’île d’Anticosti

Ce projet de maîtrise visera à 1) déterminer comment les cerfs se réapproprient l’habitat suite au retrait des clôtures et 2) comment l’utilisation de l’espace et des ressources affecte la régénération avancée des sapinières. Nous aborderons l’objectif 1 à l’aide de modèles spatialement explicites d’estimation de la distribution d’animaux non marqués alimentés en données par des grilles de capture virtuelle. Pour évaluer le succès de la stratégie d’aménagement au plan sylvicole, nous réaliserons des inventaires écoforestiers le long d’un gradient de temps retrait des clôtures.

Projet 2 : Succès des plantations de sapins baumiers sous de fortes pressions de broutement

Ce projet de maîtrise visera à 1) déterminer comment la densité de conifères en régénération influence la probabilité de broutement des tiges et leur croissance et 2) évaluer les effets à moyen terme du type de plants et des travaux sylvicoles sur la nutrition et la croissance du sapin en plantation. Nous tirerons profit de dispositifs de recherche qui ont été établis en plantation sur l’île d’Anticosti au cours des 10 dernières années que nous compléterons avec des manipulations de la densité de tiges afin d’évaluer l’effet de l’agrégation sur l’occurrence de broutement.

Date de début : Septembre 2019 (session d’automne 2019) ou Janvier 2020 (session d’hiver 2020)

Lieu et encadrement : Les candidates ou candidats retenu(e)s seront basé(e)s au département de biologie de l’Université Laval située à Québec, avec une session possible au Centre canadien sur la fibre de bois (Service canadien des forêts, Ressources naturelles Canada), également situé sur le campus de l’Université Laval pour le second projet. Les étudiant(e)s seront membres du Centre d’étude de la forêt. Le projet 1 sera supervisé par Jean-Pierre Tremblay et Steeve Côté (Université Laval) et le projet 2 par Jean-Pierre Tremblay et Nelson Thiffault (Service canadien des forêts).

Financement : Bourse de 15 000 $/an pour 2 ans pour chaque étudiante ou étudiant qui sera complétée par des tâches d’assistant(e) d’enseignement et les bourses de réussite de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales de l’Université Laval, pour atteindre environ 16 000 à 17 500 $/an.

Profil recherché

  • Un baccalauréat en biologie, aménagement et environnement forestiers ou dans un domaine connexe
  • Un très bon dossier académique
  • Une expérience de travail sur le terrain (ou l’intérêt)
  • La capacité à travailler en équipe
  • Une motivation manifeste

Pour postuler

Faire parvenir par courriel votre curriculum vitae, une lettre de motivation, vos relevés de notes et le nom de deux références à l’attention de Catherine Bajzak catherine.bajzak@bio.ulaval.ca avant le 30 avril 2019.

Avian research field assistant (2 positions). Application deadline: 31 March 2019.

These jobs are part of a multi-year study to understand the ecological and behavioural drivers of bird movements during the post-breeding and early migratory periods. The avian research field assistants will assist with several research activities during the spring and summer of 2019.

The specific duties of these positions include monitoring the nests of breeding swallows every 2- 4 days; catching, banding, and deploying tags on different bird species; conducting behavioural observations; setting up and retrieving audio and video recording equipment; setting up and checking Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiving stations; and data entry. All of the study sites are on private properties; therefore, the assistants must maintain positive relationships with landowners.

All applicants must be willing to work on a flexible schedule with irregular hours (particularly early mornings) and long days. Field work will be conducted under a variety of conditions ranging from cold and wet to hot and humid, with high winds, biting insects, and frequent encounters with animal manure. Applicants MUST be comfortable climbing ladders to heights of 8-12 m. Applicants should be comfortable working alone or in a small team.

At minimum, all applicants must demonstrate or possess:
– A strong interest in bird biology
– Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
– Attention to detail
– A driver’s license

Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience/qualifications:
– Monitoring bird nests
– Bird capture using mist-nets, handling, banding, and deploying tags
– Conducting behavioural observations
– Working with recording and/or other electronic equipment in the field
– B.Sc. in Biology or a related field

Research will be conducted at several locations within an hour of Sackville, New Brunswick.

Applicants will receive $1,800 – $2,500/month depending on qualifications + housing at the Beaubassin Research Station in Aulac, New Brunswick. If using a personal vehicle for travel to field sites, then mileage will also be covered.

Tentative start/end dates: 13 May – 23 August 2019

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Tara Imlay (tara.imlay@gmail.com). Your cover letter should explicitly address your qualifications for the position.

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2019. However, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and hiring decisions may be made before the closing date. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply before the closing date.

Faculty position in Forest Entomology 

Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology, 9-month academic appointment, 50% research, 50% teaching in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) at the University of Maine, Orono.

Purpose: 
The School of Biology and Ecology seeks a forest entomologist for an academic year, full-time, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will address key pest management and climate change concerns important to Maine’s forest industry and will develop strong research and teaching programs that complement existing expertise of faculty in our entomology cluster.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 
The successful candidate will have a faculty appointment through the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, and will provide research expertise in forest entomology in the context of climate change, biological invasions, and other contemporary environmental changes and stressors, as well as develop a nationally competitive externally funded research program in insect ecology. We are interested in researchers coming at these questions from a variety of scales and approaches ranging from physiology, population ecology and spatial ecology. This position would have the potential to collaborate with faculty research in entomology, ecology, forest science and silviculture, and with established research centers and programs such as the Climate Change Institute, Initiative for One Health and the Environment, the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from state agencies such as the Maine Forest Service.

Teaching responsibilities will include courses from the following: a midlevel undergraduate course in applied entomology, a biological invasions course, a graduate course in an area of expertise or an existing introductory undergraduate course. Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in insect ecology and pest management research during thesis and capstone projects, respectively is expected.

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications: A PhD in a relevant discipline is required by the date of hire. Postdoctoral experience in forest entomology is highly desired. The successful candidate will have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Other measures of potential for success include prior experience in teaching, obtaining research funding and research outreach.

About Us: Located on the border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine, Orono, is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System, and a Land and Sea grant institution with an enrollment of 12,000 students. Research facilities include a network of research forests throughout Maine, greenhouses, research farms, the Fay Hyland Botanic Garden, and University Herbarium. Research insect collection is maintained at the Maine State Museum in Augusta and is freely accessible to the University researchers. Further information about the School of Biology and Ecology and our activities can be found at www.sbe.umaine.edu.

Close proximity to numerous natural and cultural amenities, excellent public schools in walkable neighborhoods, little traffic, and an affordable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live and work. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the beautiful Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant scene. UMaine is an NSF ADVANCE institution, committed to diversity in our workforce, work-life balance, and a high quality of life that Maine offers.

Application: Applicants should submit through the Hiretouch website: a cover letter, CV, a statement describing their current and future plans for research (2-pages max), a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (2 pages max), and a 1-page statement on the applicant’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Academia, as well as contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Hamish Greig, chair of the search committee (hamish.greig@maine.edu).

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Station Manager, Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill, Oak Ridges Moraine in King Township

Term position:  Five year term position with the possibility of renewal

Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in King Township, north of Toronto, the Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill is an internationally recognized site for cutting-edge research and education in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology.  The KSR seeks a full-time Station Manager who will report to the Director and will provide leadership for the administrative, and operational management of the KSR.

The incumbent will, with the Director, develop and implement short and long-term plans for KSR; develop and implement frameworks to support research and other initiatives of KSR, implement operational and administrative structures within legislative, business and policy frameworks. The incumbent develops and implements effective administrative protocols and processes to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of KSR activities.  The incumbents’ responsibilities will include: ensuring administrative infrastructures are in place to support the objectives and mandate of KSR, ensuring the effective use of information technology, legislative and policy compliance (e.g. OHSA, procurement policies etc.), managing events/programs/initiatives and data administration. The incumbent will manage a small staff and be responsible for the full scope of management responsibilities including work allocation and building a strong team to meet the objectives of KSR.

The ideal candidate will have, as a minimum, a Master’s degree in biology or a related field or equivalent experience; a minimum of 4 years of experience in program/project administration in private sector or in an education environment; experience working at or knowledge of a biology field station operations and activities; experience in the field of student learning and development; demonstrated management or leadership experience; proven record of professional leadership and experience working in collaboration with academic and community partners; proven ability to develop innovative and concrete administrative solutions to respond to organizational needs; demonstrated commitment to creating a positive student experience and supporting principles of equity and inclusively; experience identifying operational needs; experience with identifying and trouble-shooting equipment and infrastructure needs in a rustic setting.

The Station Manager will be required to live on-site and serve as the on-site representative of the Reserve, available to attend to emergencies and to participate in activities outside of normal office hours.  The incumbent will be provided with a residence on the Koffler Scientific Reserve and the cost of the housing will be applied as a taxable benefit.   Salary will be based on experience and education.  The incumbent will be employed by Jokers Hill Estates.

Further information on the Reserve may be found on the Koffler Scientific Reserve website at http://ksr.utoronto.ca.  Please submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at fas.hr@utoronto.ca

Position will remain open until filled.

Jokers Hill Estates and the Koffler Scientific Reserve are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

 

Two PhD studentships in Aquatic Community Ecology

Biology, Concordia University, Fall 2019
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Applications are invited for two fully funded studentships on research towards understanding and predicting the structure of aquatic ecological communities.

We are seeking students interested in understanding the broad-scale processes structuring aquatic ecological communities.  Because aquatic ecosystems are widely recognized for providing many features valued by humans, the proposed research also aims at generating scientific knowledge to improve conservation and management strategies. The research will be largely based on quantitative developments that will be validated using existing large-scale empirical datasets.  The specifics of the project will be determined jointly by the successful candidate, supervisors and collaborators (see below).

PhD studentship 1 – The mechanisms underlying the co-existence of lake-fish.   Although there is much need to establish the links between different dimensions of biodiversity (such as species richness, functional diversity, phylogenetic diversity) and ecosystem services such as fish biomass that are important to human societies, this knowledge is still quite sparse.  The goal of this studentship is to study the linkages between variation in species attributes (traits, phylogenies, physiology) and environmental characteristics of lakes, to understand and predict patterns of species co-occurrence and biomass distribution.

PhD studentship 2 – Predicting abundance and biomass from presence-absence species distributions. There is a long history in ecology on predicting abundance from presence-absence data. Species abundances are central to understanding the more complex processes underlying ecological communities. Moreover, being able to predict patterns of species abundance and biomass across landscapes is central to conservation and managing ecosystem services. The goal of this studentship is to generate improved models for predicting species abundances and biomass, and to understand the ecological principles that allow to understand the conditions in which predictions are improved.     

Collaborative Research – The positions will be part of a collaborative research involving Dylan Fraser (Concordia Univ. Research Chair in Population Biodiversity and Conservation), Eric Pedersen (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Pedro R. Peres-Neto (Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity), Nigel Lester and Brian Shuter (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), Ken Minns (Fisheries and Oceans Canada & University of Toronto) and Donald Jackson (University of Toronto.  Students will be members of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Studies (https://qcbs.ca/) and be considered to become fellows of the NSERC-funded training program in Computational Biodiversity Science and Services.  

Requirements – Key requirements include a solid quantitative background, familiarity with programming using modern quantitative software (such as R, Python, or MATLAB), and strong understanding of community ecology or related fisheries and aquatic sciences pertinent to the research focus.

Application – If you are interested in graduate study within this exciting program please send a current CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three academic/research references to Pedro Peres-Neto (pedro.peres-neto@concordia.ca).  We are recruiting for students to begin in September 2019, but flexibility may be possible.

Sélection sexuelle et réseaux de spermatozoïdes chez un insecte sexuellement dimorphique de Nouvelle-Zélande. Date limite pour appliquer: 30 avril 2019.

Un poste de doctorat est disponible sous la supervision du Dr Clint Kelly de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) à compter de septembre 2019.

Nous recherchons un étudiant passionné et curieux pour étudier la sélection sexuelle et les réseaux (sociaux) de spermatozoïdes chez le Wellington tree weta (Hemideina crassidens). Le tree weta est un grand insecte sexuellement dimorphique originaire de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Les mâles expriment l’un des trois phénotypes alternatifs liés au comportement sexuel. Le candidat étudiera comment les interactions entre les facteurs écologiques et les stratégies d’accouplement alternatives influencent la dynamique des réseaux sociaux, la compétition spermatique et ultimement le fitness. La recherche impliquera des travaux de laboratoire à Montréal ainsi que des travaux de terrain en Nouvelle-Zélande; par conséquent, la capacité de communiquer en anglais est indispensable.

L’étudiant/étudiante dédié(e) et motivé(e) aura idéalement une maîtrise en sciences ou l’équivalent dans un domaine pertinent (par exemple en entomologie, physiologie animale).

Diverses sources de financement sont disponibles pour les étudiants, y compris les postes d’assistanats d’enseignement (les cours se donnent en français) et les fonds de recherche. Toutefois, les étudiants devront présenter une demande de bourse d’études supérieures auprès du Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) et/ou des Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

Le Labo Kelly est membre du Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA) du département des Sciences biologiques de l’UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). L’Université du Québec à Montréal est une université de langue française au cœur de Montréal qui accueille des étudiants de doctorat non francophones.

Si vous êtes intéressés(es) par cette offre, veuillez envoyer une brève description de vos intérêts de recherche, des relevés de notes et un CV à kelly.clint@uqam.ca avant le 30 avril 2019.