Fully-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Genomics of Aquatic Microbial/Microplankton Ecology & Invasion Biology

The Heath Research Group at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a project investigating microbial/microplankton community dynamics associated with fresh and marine water environments and their potential for ecological invasiveness. As UV ballast water treatment is an important approach to managing aquatic invasive species, this project will target the genomics and transcriptomics of UV DNA damage and repair mechanisms. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have full access to our Institute’s advanced genomics and transcriptomics infrastructure and work closely with our Industry partner (Trojan UV). GLIER is internationally recognized as a leader in aquatic invasive species (AIS) research, informing national government policies and international shipping agreements.

What are the desired qualifications?

  • PhD in biology, molecular biology, limnology, bioinformatics or related field awarded after May 2014.
  • Strong background in molecular biology and genomics.
  • Experience in bioinformatics (especially meta-barcoding, metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics) is essential; an understanding of microbial/microplankton community dynamics is desired.
  • Ability to develop research projects as demonstrated by record of accomplishment.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills to present and explain technical information, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Most importantly, the successful candidate will have a strong motivation to learn new things, solve problems, participate in fieldwork and pursue research in an interdisciplinary framework.

Apply to Dr. Daniel Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) via email with the subject “Postdoc Aquatic & Invasion Ecology.” The full application will include a single PDF file consisting of:

  • a cover letter describing your research interested and suitability (maximum two pages).
  • a CV, including a list of your publications.
  • contact details of three professional references.

Application deadline: open until filled

Start date: ASAP

Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research,
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

MSc or PhD position in invasion macroecology at Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are looking for a graduate student interested in working on global patterns of invasive species and the drivers influencing these patterns. The student will use a large earthworm database compiled by the sWORM working group and conduct additional literature searches to build a dataset on global earthworm invasions. Students with prior experience and/or enthusiasm for assembling and handling large datasets, data synthesis, and statistical modelling (in R or similar) are particularly encouraged to apply. This project will involve collaboration with Prof. Nico Eisenhauer and Dr. Helen Phillips at iDiv (Leipzig, Germany), as well as other members of the sWORM working group, and likely will include at least one trip to work at iDiv.

Start date: January, April, or Sept 2020.

Location: The student would be based at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and supervised by Erin Cameron. For further information on this project and our research group, go to:
https://www.idiv.de/sworm
https://erinkcameron.wordpress.com/

Funding: The Applied Science graduate program guarantees a minimum stipend of $17,000/year. The student will be encouraged to apply for external scholarships as well. This position is open to Canadian or international students, but tuition costs are high for non-Canadians so additional funding would be needed.

To apply: If interested, please send a CV, transcript, a short cover letter describing your interest and experience, and the names of 2 references to: erin.cameron@smu.ca Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, but those received by June 25 will be given priority.

Projet de doctorat sur l’impact de l’établissement de plantations à croissance rapide utilisant des espèces exotiques sur la biodiversité

Contexte

Les plantations intensivement aménagées et à croissance rapide sont utilisées pour produire plus de bois sur des surfaces restreintes. En 2010, la surface totale des plantations n’était que de 7% des forêts naturelles mondiales, alors que leur contribution à la demande de fibre était d’environ 40% (FAO 2010). Même s’il est de plus en plus démontré que les plantations mixtes devraient être favorisées aux monocultures, les plantations d’une seule espèce ou clone sont encore bien supérieures en proportion parce qu’elles sont généralement plus facile à gérer. En 2006, les plantations de plus d’un génotype représentaient moins de 0,1% de la superficie mondiale en plantations industrielles. Comparativement aux forêts naturelles, les monocultures d’arbres semblent diminuer la biodiversité dans le paysage et affectent un grand éventail d’autres espèces végétales et animales, allant des micro-organismes du sol à la macrofaune. Pour cette raison, les monocultures sont souvent décrites comme étant des déserts de biodiversité. Des études plus récentes ont démontré que le mélange de cultivars ou d’espèces pouvait affecter positivement les habitats biotiques et abiotiques par une utilisation optimale des nutriments selon la théorie de différenciations des niches écologiques et par le fait même, augmenter la biodiversité spécifique et fonctionnelle comparativement aux monocultures. Dans des plantations que nous avons établies en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, nous avons démontré que le mélange de clones de peuplier hybride favorisait la croissance,  diminuait les ratios racines:tiges des arbres et diversifiait les patrons de développement des racines. Nous avons également démontré que l’abondance des collemboles et le taux de décomposition de la litière augmentaient dans les plantations mixtes. Par ailleurs, certaines plantations peuvent présenter une grande diversité de plantes indigènes, surtout dans les cas où les herbicides ne sont pas utilisés comme au Québec où l’entretien est principalement fait à l’aide de traitements mécaniques et seulement sur quelques années.

L’objectif de ce projet est de déterminer les effets de mélanges d’espèces et de clones sur la composition en espèces et la diversité fonctionnelle des plantes de sous-bois dans les plantations à croissance rapide établies en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Date de commencement: Septembre 2019

Lieu : L’étudiant(e) sera basé(e) à l’Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF; http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/), au campus de l’UQAT à Amos. Par ailleurs, l’étudiant(e) sera membre de la Chaire en aménagement forestier durable (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/) et du Centre d’étude de la forêt (http://www.cef-cfr.ca/). L’équipe de l’IRF est dynamique et offre un environnement de qualité aux étudiants, alors que la région est très active culturellement et offre une grande qualité de vie grâce à ses activités de plein air diversifiées.

Financement : Bourse de 21 000$/année pour 3 ans.

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 : Annie DesRochers (annie.desrochers@uqat.ca) et Nicole Fenton (nicole.fenton@uqat.ca).

Master of Science in Biology position – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Investigating the roles of ecology, phenology, and insect genotype in predicting host-range of candidate biocontrol agents for an invasive fruit-feeding fly

We are seeking an MSc student to investigate the ecology of endemic vinegar flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae) present in southwestern British Columbia. This project will focus particularly on their susceptibility to attack by two foreign parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) being considered as candidate classical biological control agents for the invasive Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, SWD). SWD is a serious pest of soft fruit (i.e. cherries) and berries, first detected in BC in 2009 and now widespread in Coastal and Interior fruit growing areas of B.C. Effective control currently requires the use of insecticides. A successful biological control program would improve the sustainability of production of soft fruits and berries by reducing insecticide use. A necessary first step is to evaluate potential risks and benefits of the proposed introduction of these two parasitoids by determining the susceptibility of native Drosophilids to attack.

The successful candidate will carry out basic and applied research on the distribution, phenology and ecology of native non-target Drosophilids in the Okanagan Valley, establish laboratory lines of select species, and evaluate the roles of ecology, phenology, and fly genotype on likelihood of attack by the two parasitoid wasps.  Research will be conducted in field, laboratory and quarantine facilities. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers studying invasion ecology in agro-ecosystems and gain expertise in field sampling and ecology, insect identification, insect rearing, statistical analysis and molecular biology.

Starting Date: January 1st, 2020. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found but those received by June 15th 2019 will be given priority.

Locations:  The student will be enrolled at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, BC) under the primary academic supervision of Dr. Bob Lalonde.  Experimental work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Chandra Moffat and Dr. Paul Abram with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, at the Summerland Research and Development Centre located in Summerland, British Columbia.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in biology, entomology, plant science, ecology, or a related discipline. Candidates may need to re-locate between Kelowna and Summerland during the course of the project depending on selected coursework. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of UBC Okanagan (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/graduate/biology.html), be Canadian Citizens, and have a valid drivers licence.

Stipend: Guarantee of $17,500 per year for 2 years if academic requirements are met; applicants are encouraged to apply for other scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests, a current CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 2 academic references to Dr. Bob Lalonde, robert.lalonde@ubc.ca, cc Dr. Chandra Moffat, chandra.moffat@canada.ca

Projet de doctorat: Impact cumulatif des pressions anthropiques sur les populations d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique

L’équipe de la Chaire K.-C.-Irving en sciences de l’environnement et développement durable de l’Université de Moncton cherche un.e étudiant.e pour un projet de doctorat qui commencera en septembre 2019 ou janvier 2020.

Le projet de recherche vise à modéliser l’impact cumulatif de différentes pressions d’origine anthropique (p. ex. la surabondance d’oies des neiges supportées par les champs agricoles en milieux tempérés et les changements climatiques) sur la reproduction et la distribution de différentes espèces d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique. Certains objectifs de ce projet s’inscrivent dans les travaux collaboratifs menés par l’Interactions Working Group, un regroupement de plusieurs chercheur.e.s implémentant les mêmes protocoles dans plus de 14 sites distribués à une échelle circumpolaire (Canada, Alaska, Groenland, Norvège, Suède et Russie). L’étudiant.e fera partie d’une équipe dynamique de chercheur.e.s et d’étudiant.e.s et aura l’opportunité de travailler sur différents protocoles de terrain (p. ex. suivi des populations nicheuses de limicoles, captures de limicoles et de lemmings).

Ce projet se déroulera sous la supervision de Marie-Andrée Giroux à l’Université de Moncton. Une bourse de doctorat est disponible pour 4 ans, à laquelle s’ajoute une bourse de l’Université de Moncton défrayant approximativement la valeur des frais de scolarité facturés aux étudiant.e.s canadien.nes (les étudiants étrangers peuvent aussi bénéficier de cette bourse). L’étudiant.e devra également déposer des demandes de financement aux organismes subventionnaires (ex. CRSNG, FINB).

Compétences requises :

  • Avoir obtenu une maîtrise avec thèse en biologie, environnement ou discipline connexe (minimum d’environ 70% de crédits alloués à la thèse)
  • Avoir un esprit d’équipe et d’initiative
  • Posséder de bonnes capacités de rédaction
  • Posséder de bonnes aptitudes pour les analyses statistiques et/ou la modélisation mathématique
  • Posséder de l’expérience de terrain
  • Avoir un bon dossier académique

Comment et quand postuler?
Merci de postuler en envoyant les documents suivants d’ici le 20 juin 2019 à Marie-Andrée Giroux (marie-andree.giroux@umoncton.ca): CV, lettre de motivation, copie de tous les relevés de notes universitaires (incluant 1er cycle), noms et coordonnées de 3 référents.

Post-doctoral Fellow In Terrestrial Mammal Applied Ecology, University of Victoria and InnoTech Alberta

The Applied Conservation Macro Ecology Lab, a partnership between InnoTech Alberta (Alberta’s R&D Agency) and the University of Victoria, is accepting applications for a post-doctoral fellow. The PDF will be based in Victoria and co-supervised by Dr. Jason T Fisher in the School of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Brad Anholt in the Biology Department.

The PDF will help execute the Wildlife CAMERA Project, a 4-year research project examining the effects of landscape change, climate change, landscape management, and predator control on mammal communities across western Canada’s boreal forest and mountain chains. The project capitalizes upon substantial existing data from several landscape-scale camera arrays, offering opportunities for quick early publications. We are deploying several additional camera arrays to capture gradients of change and management. The PDF will help the project PIs design and execute the project, provide scientific oversight, create innovative questions, conduct statistical analyses, and write multiple scientific publications. The PDF will play a mentorship role for a team of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students working on similar questions, and will collaborate with other academic, government, and industry researchers.

Density estimation using spatial-recapture modelling will weigh heavily in analysis, so we are seeking someone with experience in Bayesian hierarchical analysis, preferably with experience in SCR. Nonetheless the questions we ask are diverse and will span individual behavior, species activity patterns, species co-occurrence, predator-prey and competition relationships, and community ecology. Examples of past and ongoing research can be found at http://jasontfisher.ca.

The candidate will have exceptional demonstrated analytical skills using R (and preferably software for implementing Bayesian analysis), a well-rooted knowledge of mammal ecology, an interest in applied science, and ability to work across academia and other sectors. The position is for one year, with an extension for a second year pending success in the first. The PDF salary is $65,000 / yr, and the applicant is expected to apply for external funding to help support the position (though the position is not contingent upon success).

Please provide a CV, two of your best publications, names of three references, and a statement (1-page maximum) of short- and long-term career goals. Position open until filled. Submit your inquiries or application to Jason.fisher@innotechalberta.ca. The ACME Lab strongly believes that diversity generates the best science, so encourages inquiries from scientists of all backgrounds and orientations.

PhD position in wildlife parasitology and evolutionary ecology at the University of Calgary

I am seeking a motivated graduate student interested in evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, quantitative genetics and wildlife biology to join my group at the University of Calgary. Research in my laboratory uses molecular and evolutionary ecology approaches to improve our understanding of the processes modulating variation in fitness-related traits and adaptive evolution in free-living wildlife populations.

I am currently recruiting a PhD student to study the genetic basis and fitness consequences of variation in complex gastro-intestinal parasitic nematode infections in natural environments using the Sable Island horse long-term population study as a model. The project, conducted in collaboration with Phulip McLoughlin (U of Saskatchewan), John Gilleard (U. of Calgary), and Alastair Wilson (U. of Exeter), will involve characterising complex strongyle infections in >500 horses over multiple years using DNA metabarcoding, and applying pedigree-based multivariate quantitative genetics and selection analyses to study the evolution of resistance to mixed infections. Interactions between nematode infections and the bacterial microbiome will also be investigated. For additional information about the study system see:

Debeffe et al. 2016. Negative covariance between parasite load and body condition in a population of feral horses. Parasitology 143:983-997.

Gold et al. 2019. Quantitative genetics of gastrointestinal strongyle burden and associated body condition in feral horses. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 9:104-111.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills or interest in parasitology, molecular ecology, quantitative genetics, wildlife biology or evolutionary ecology. The student will be based at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or the Department of Biological Sciences, and receive a minimum stipend of $CA23,000/year. Start date is flexible but would ideally be between September 2019 and September 2020.

More information about the lab is available at https://sites.google.com/site/jocelynpoissant/home. Interested students should send a brief email outlining research interests, along with a CV and unofficial copies of transcripts to jocelyn.poissant@ucalgary.ca. I also welcome inquiries regarding other potential projects in the laboratory.

PhD (or MSc) POSITION IN ECOLOGY (REINDEER/CARIBOU) (MATING SYSTEMS – FEMALE CHOICE – MALE VOCALIZATIONS)

1 PhD (or MSc) research position is available in my lab starting September 2019.

The aim of the project is to test some of the key predictions of mating systems theory. This research will involve using a long-term individual-based data (breeding phenology and rutting behaviour data from 1996 to 2017). This project also involves manipulative experiments and observational fieldwork in northern Finland (playback experiment, phenology of the vocalization during the rut, etc).

Suitable candidates will have an MSc (or BSc) in Biology or a similarly recognized degree. The ideal candidate must have: Very strong quantitative skills (statistics) – Experience in field research settings – Be determined to complete a PhD degree – Have a good academic background (good GPA). The candidate should be ready to work in remote areas and to work in team.

I am particularly interested in candidate with some experience or background in Vocalizations/Acoustics (or willing to learn rapidly).

Financial support is available for three years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc), but if eligible, candidates will be encouraged to apply for external grant (FQRNT and NSERC). Students with a successful scholarship will receive a bonus on top of their scholarship.

If interested, send me by email (robert.weladji@concordia.ca) before May 30, 2019: a copy of your CV, transcript and a short statement of purpose, as well as the name and email addresses of 2 references.

Robert Weladji
Department of biology
Concordia University

robert.weladji@concordia.ca
www.robertweladji.com

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION ON ECOSYSTEM MODELLING AND ALLEE EFFECTS

Salary = $45,000 per annum for 18 months

DESCRIPTION

We seek a post-doctoral researcher with some modelling and, preferably also, programming experience to work with projects related to aquatic food web dynamics. The post-doc will work as part of a Finnish-Canadian team working on the Gulf of St Lawrence (GoStL) ecosystem. The objective is to parameterize an allometric trophic network (ATN) model to the study system dynamics and account also for abiotic drivers.

The key research question is to explore under which conditions predator-driven Allee effects may occur and prevent species recovery. This will be investigated through analyses of the complex dynamics of the GoStL ecosystem, coupled with abiotic influences. Results derived through the analyses of the empirical GoStL system will be further generalized by systematic analyses of randomly generated marine food webs.

The main task of the post-doc is to compile data on the GoStL food web and associated abiotic time series and then parameterize the ATN model and analyse its dynamics. The research team will provide support for the use and development of the models. To establish efficient collaboration with the team, the post-doc should visit the Finland-based team twice during the project.

KEY RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

Dr Doug Swain (Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Université de Moncton, Canada): empirical work on GoStL key species
Dr Tommi Perälä (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): main ATN model developer
Prof Anna Kuparinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Dalhousie University, Canada): team leader, ATN modeller
Prof Jeffrey Hutchings (Dalhousie University, Canada): specialist on Allee effects and fish life histories

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anna Kuparinen, University of Jyväskylä (anna.k.kuparinen@jyu.fi)
or
Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University (jhutch@dal.ca)

Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities, Mount Allison University, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellows will:

  • Work as part of a leadership team that will connect universities, governments, and Indigenous community partners across Canada.
  • Engage in community-led, interdisciplinary research that embraces multiple ways of knowing,
  • Participate in national workshops, knowledge gathering, data analysis, and scientific and community-focused communication:

PDF1 (MTA) will weave Indigenous Knowledge and Western science to aide in understanding how wildlife populations (e.g. behavior, abundance, diversity) and Indigenous communities (e.g. cultural practices, food sovereignty) are influenced by environmental change (e.g. climate change, disturbance);

PDF2 (UBC) will link field monitoring methods (e.g. via Indigenous Guardianship), Indigenous Knowledge, and Western science (Bayesian Integrated Population Models) to estimate changes in wildlife abundance and to support conservation, harvesting, and other management priorities.

Click here for more information.