Graduate student opportunity in Hotwater Physa at Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park

We are seeking potential graduate students (MSc preferred) to work on projects that address natural history knowledge gaps, the life history, food requirements, threats, captive rearing, taxonomy, systematics and relatedness to snails in other thermal springs. Fieldwork may be a component of the project.

Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) is a small freshwater snail endemic to thermal springs within Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park situated in northeast British Columbia. The species was assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1998 as Endangered, a status that was re-examined and confirmed in 2000 and 2008. Hotwater Physa was listed as Endangered under the federal Species At Risk Act in 2003. The University of Regina, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada are collaborating on the species’ recovery actions.

Natural history and biological information on Hotwater Physa is limited. The species was first noted in 1973 and taxonomically described in 1985. The initial COSEWIC status report is the earliest information on population estimates, and water quality data such as temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. Further work completed in 2000 and 2001 provides additional water quality data (temperature and conductivity) and estimated snail abundance along a portion of Alpha Stream. Additional field studies were completed in 2007, 2008, 2012-2016.

These graduate positions will be based out of the University of Regina, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Environment, and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Travel costs between sites, including field work at Liard hotsprings, and to international conferences will be covered.

To apply, please send: 1) a CV; 2) unofficial copies of academic transcripts; and 3) a brief description of your research interests to: Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. Start dates are flexible, but preference will be made for students who can begin in Sept 2017 or Jan 2018. For more details on graduate applications see: More detail on Dr. Finlay’s lab can be found at


PhD, MSc, and potential PDF positions in ecology at University of Ottawa

The Conservation and Macroecology research group at University of Ottawa, led by Jeremy Kerr, is offering fully funded PhD (preferred) and MSc positions to address questions related to how habitat and climate changes interact with species’ traits to alter the structure of butterfly and bumblebee communities across environmental gradients. This work includes collaborative opportunities with national and international research leaders and for interactions with policy processes uniquely available in Ottawa. Postdoctoral (PDF) applications will also be considered.

Research will integrate field research with broad-scale (macroecological) models. Projects include opportunities for advances in conservation biology, global change biology, integrating understanding from evolutionary ecology. Projects will fall within the scope of Kerr’s research program ( and are supported by an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.

Our research group embraces diversity and we maintain a welcoming and enriching atmosphere in all aspects of our work. Current and past lab members have enjoyed outstanding successes, finding careers in the professoriate, research scientists, and as conservationists.

Successful applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, have skills with R or a strong motivation to learn those skills, excellent capacity to work collegially and supportively with all members of the research group, and an interest in combining field research on butterflies and/or bumblebees and macroecological analyses. Applicants with interests in both pure and applied conservation questions are particularly welcome.

Ottawa is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful cities, with exceptional cultural and outdoor activities throughout the year.

For graduate students, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We will begin considering applications on June 26 and will continue doing so until all positions are filled. We are looking for successful applicants to begin as soon as possible.

Send electronic applications, including a brief and informative cover letter, CV, transcript copies (official or unofficial), and the names of two references to Jeremy Kerr (




Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums

Competition No.  –  S106632956

Posting Date  –   Jun 09, 2017

Closing Date  –   Jul 14, 2017

Position Type  –  Full Time – Operating Funded

Salary Range  –  $62,877 to $87,627 per year

This regular continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at:

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Assistant Director (Collections Management) and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections.

For further information and to apply, please go to:


A two-year postdoctoral fellow or term research biologist position is available to develop a quantitative stock-wide assessment of American Eel, funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) International Governance Strategy. The research will be undertaken under the joint supervision of Dr. Xinhua Zhu of DFO’s Central and Arctic Region (Winnipeg, Manitoba), and Dr. David Cairns of DFO’s Gulf Region (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island), along with academic collaborators from the University of British Columbia and Acadia University.


The American Eel consists of a single panmictic stock that occupies the West Atlantic Ocean and inflowing waters between Greenland and northern South America. Because of its status as a single stock, assessments should be conducted range-wide. However, both science and management of the American Eel are currently geographically fragmented. Challenges to building an adequate pan-species assessment methodology include the presence of fisheries in some areas and their absence in others, a diverse array of non-fisheries population impactors (e.g. barriers to river migration, invasive parasites, toxic contaminants), and demographic parameters which are highly variable, but poorly known or unknown in large parts of the stock area.


The goal of this project is to construct a workable assessment framework for the American Eel stock. This will involve integration of fisheries-oriented assessment techniques with approaches that address unfished subpopulations and non-fisheries threats, to produce a species-wide understanding of American Eel population dynamics and status. The work will involve, but not be limited to, the application of existing statistical tools to integrate metadata, standardization of abundance and biomass against a set of associated biological, ecological and geographic variables, and geostatistical assessment of the habitat-oriented dependence of spatial distribution of abundance and biomass. The work will require testing the suitability and performance of a variety of conventional or Bayesian statistical toolboxes. Given the collaborative nature of this project, travel will be required to consult and communicate research progress with partners within Canada. This project will also very likely involve some international travel to benefit from recent progress on similar work in other jurisdictions (e.g. Europe and New Zealand). Additionally, through this process, we anticipate the development of collaborative partnerships with academic and government biologists from the US and the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Region, which might facilitate the implementation of range-wide assessment methodologies. 


Applicants will hold a PhD degree and have demonstrated expertise in advanced statistical modeling, computational analysis, and scientific programming. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and/or French are assets.  Successful candidates will also have a proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals.  


Salary: $55,000 CAD per annum.

Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extending if additional funding is available

Start date: preferably in the summer of 2017 but a start date in the fall 2017 is possible

Location: There is some flexibility with respect to the location but the candidate will be required to work at one of DFO’s science laboratories.


To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, update curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to Xinhua Zhu ( and David Cairns ( Applications will be considered immediately, and until the position is filled.


Établissement à échelle humaine, l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) exerce ses activités principalement en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, dans le Nord-du-Québec, dans le territoire des Hautes-Laurentides et auprès des Premiers Peuples. Depuis plus d’un quart de siècle, l’UQAT se démarque sur plusieurs plans : en enseignement, en recherche et création et en services à la collectivité. Grâce à son expertise reconnue, l’UQAT occupe une place de plus en plus importante non seulement sur l’échiquier régional, mais aussi sur la scène provinciale, nationale et internationale. Unique, le modèle de développement de l’université mise sur des partenariats sur tous ses territoires et assure ainsi l’accessibilité à la formation universitaire. L’UQAT a su élargir le spectre de ses champs disciplinaires qui font aujourd’hui sa renommée : création et nouveaux médias, développement humain et social, éducation, forêts, génie, gestion, mines et environnement, santé et Premiers Peuples.

Depuis la création de l’UQAT, la recherche en foresterie a toujours fait partie des différents plans de développement de l’établissement. Des choix stratégiques, dont une alliance avec l’UQAM, ont permis l’implantation d’une masse critique d’experts interdisciplinaires en « écologie et aménagement forestier durable » et en « valorisation, caractérisation et transformation du bois ». Ces choix permettent aujourd’hui à l’UQAT d’avoir un pôle de renommée en formation, en recherche et en transfert technologique, une expertise qui rayonne au Québec, au Canada et à l’échelle internationale. Avec la création de l’Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF) en 2011, l’UQAT s’est dotée d’une structure qui lui permet d’accentuer sa contribution à la science et à la technologie. À ce jour, l’IRF compte sur une équipe de dix chercheurs, une chaire industrielle, deux chaires de recherche du Canada, plusieurs laboratoires spécialisés, ainsi qu’un important réseau de partenariats et d’alliances ici et ailleurs dans le monde. L’Institut se distingue par plus de 3 M$ en recherche annuellement, la publication de plus de 50 articles par année dans des revues scientifiques reconnues, la formation d’un important contingent de personnel hautement qualifié, ainsi qu’un engagement dans le transfert de connaissances par l’organisation d’un nombre important d’activités de diffusion. Renouvelée en 2014, la Chaire industrielle CRSNG-UQAT-UQAM en aménagement forestier durable confirme l’importance de l’élaboration et de l’application de stratégies et de pratiques novatrices pour un aménagement écosystémique et durable des forêts. L’IRF intervient tant en Abitibi-Témiscamingue que dans le Nord-du-Québec avec des retombées significatives pour l’ensemble de la société québécoise.

L’Institut de recherche sur les forêts souhaite pourvoir le poste de :


Concours no 2017-10
Date : Le 19 mai 2017


La personne retenue devra être en mesure de développer une programmation de recherche en écologie et en conservation des espèces dans les paysages forestiers. Elle devra avoir un intérêt pour faire des recherches en partenariat avec des entreprises et des organismes gouvernementaux associés aux domaines forestiers et/ou miniers. La personne recherchée devra être apte à œuvrer dans une université de petite taille en région ayant, entre autres, pour mission de contribuer au développement socio-économique de son milieu. Au niveau de l’enseignement, le professeur sera appelé à dispenser des cours portant sur l’analyse et la modélisation des données écologiques dans la cadre de la maîtrise en écologie de l’UQAT (c.-à-d. cours ECL7102 et ECL8202). Il devra aussi contribuer à l’encadrement de projets de recherche d’étudiants inscrits sous sa supervision à la maîtrise en écologie ( et au doctorat en sciences de l’environnement (, programmes de 2e et 3e cycles offerts à l’UQAT.


  • Détenir un doctorat en biologie, en foresterie, en sciences de l’environnement, en biogéographie ou une discipline connexe, avec une expertise en biostatisques;
  • Détenir également une productivité scientifique importante;
  • Maîtriser le français à l’oral et à l’écrit : la candidature d’une personne qui ne maîtrise pas le français pourra être considérée sous réserve de certaines conditions.


  • Un stage postdoctoral ainsi qu’une expérience en milieu industriel ou gouvernemental.


DATE D’ENTRÉE EN FONCTION : 13 novembre 2017

DURÉE DU CONTRAT : 2 ans (poste menant à la permanence)

TRAITEMENT : Le traitement est établi en fonction des qualifications et de l’expérience de chaque candidat selon la convention collective en vigueur.

Conformément aux exigences prescrites en matière d’immigration au Canada, ce concours s’adresse en priorité aux citoyennes et citoyens canadiens ainsi qu’aux résidentes ou résidents permanents. L’UQAT souscrit à un programme d’égalité en emploi (groupes visés : femmes, membres de minorités visibles et ethniques, Autochtones, personnes ayant un handicap).


Un dossier de candidature comprend : un curriculum vitae, une lettre de motivation dans laquelle vous décrirez notamment votre philosophie d’enseignement et les grandes orientations de votre programmation de recherche proposée), deux lettres de recommandation, le diplôme de doctorat ou une lettre de la direction de thèse mentionnant la date du dépôt de la thèse.

Particularité : Pour que votre candidature soit considérée, vous devez y joindre un formulaire d’accès à l’égalité en emploi dûment rempli. Veuillez l’imprimer à partir du site :

Toute candidature sera traitée confidentiellement. Les personnes intéressées doivent faire parvenir leur dossier complet, en spécifiant le numéro du concours, avant 16 h 30 le 7 août 2017, à l’attention de :

Monsieur Louis Imbeau, codirecteur
Institut de recherche sur les forêts
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boulevard de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5E4
Téléphone : 1 819 762-0971, poste 8335 Télécopieur : 1 819 797-4727
Courriel :

Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) in Geographic Information Science, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Application deadline: June 8, 2017.

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

 Job ID#: 26387

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for a 12-month term appointment in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is renewable for up to three years maximum, subject to performance review and budgetary approval. The position will be held in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographic Sciences and is expected to start August 1, 2017.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physical Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or a related discipline. We are seeking candidates with expertise in geographic data science and data visualization who use advanced computational approaches to conduct fundamental or applied research in Earth and/or Environmental Sciences. Applicants must provide proof of commitment to publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, demonstrate success in securing external research grants or evidence of ability to do so, and have experience teaching at the undergraduate level.

The successful applicant will teach a maximum of three GIS courses per year, with responsibility for delivery of the laboratory component of courses, as appropriate. This individual will also be expected to assist with curriculum and program development, leading to expanded offerings in geospatial science, and will be encouraged and supported to develop a program of research, including co-supervision of graduate and B.Sc.(Hon.) students.

The Department offers B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EESC), and a B.Sc. in Freshwater Sciences (FWSC), and also contributes to a B.A. degree in Geography administered by the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies. Graduate students may also enrol in the UBC Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program for M.A., M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees, with supervision provided by faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40 globally. The university has two autonomous campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan campus has over 8,000 students in seven Faculties and is located in one of the most scenic regions in Canada, offering an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

More information about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science is available at:

For information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit

Information about the surrounding community can be found at:­relocation/

Queries about the position should be directed to the Department Head, Dr. Edward Hornibrook (

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please visit the link – (Job Opening ID# 26387)

Complete applications should include:

i) a cover letter;

ii) a curriculum vitae;

iii) a 2-page research statement;

iv) a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy;

v) evidence of teaching effectiveness if available (e.g., recent teaching evaluations); and

vi) the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of support when requested. Letters of support will be sought only for applicants who are short-listed for the position.

All documents must be submitted in electronic PDF format as single continuous document.

The deadline for applications is June 8, 2017. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Government regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Nous offrons un projet de doctorat entièrement financé dans les laboratoires Aubin-Horth et Landry de l’Université Laval à Québec, au Canada. Le projet vise à disséquer les bases génomiques de la coévolution entre un parasite, Schistocephalus solidus, et son hôte, l’épinoche à trois épines.

Nous recherchons un candidat ou une candidate exceptionnel(le). Le candidat devrait avoir un diplôme de maîtrise en biologie ou une discipline connexe, et une expérience en bioinformatique, statistiques (R, Python ou Perl) et la génomique. La candidate devrait avoir de solides compétences en leadership, motivation et créativité et être en mesure de travailler dans une équipe de collaborateurs. La date de début pourrait être début septembre 2017.

Les Laboratoires Aubin-Horth et Landry sont situés à l’Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) de l’Université Laval. L’IBIS offre un environnement de formation très stimulant et des plates-formes de pointe dans le domaine en génomique, protéomique et microscopie. Les membres du laboratoire Aubin-Horth sont des biologistes évolutifs, des neuroendocrinologues et des biologistes du comportement travaillant ensemble en utilisant une approche intégrée pour découvrir les mécanismes sous-jacents à l’altération du comportement de l’épinoche par son endoparasite. Le laboratoire Landry est une équipe internationale de 15 étudiants, de PDF et d’associés de recherche de différents backgrounds (microbiologie, biologie, bioinformatique, biochimie) qui abordent des questions en biologie évolutive des cellules et des systèmes.


Pour plus d’informations sur le projet, nos laboratoires et comment postuler, visitez:


Projet de maîtrise et/ou doctorat: Écologie de l’Hirondelle bicolore. Date de clôture: 23 juillet 2017.

Nous recherchons un(e) étudiant(e) au niveau MSc et/ou PhD intéressé(e) à joindre notre équipe de recherche au Département de biologie de l’Université de Sherbrooke à compter de septembre 2017 ou janvier 2018.

Les recherches de notre équipe visent à évaluer l’influence de l’hétérogénéité environnementale sur une population d’Hirondelle bicolore (Tachycineta bicolor) évoluant en milieu agricole. Le projet de l’étudiant(e) sera donc développé dans ce contexte. La personne recrutée participera à une étude à long terme ayant cours dans le Sud du Québec depuis 2004. Elle bénéficiera ainsi de données biologiques récoltées sur plus de 13000 individus. L’étudiant(e) contribuera à la récolte des données sur le terrain, qui se déroule pendant 2-3 mois à chaque printemps/été. Idéalement, il/elle aura de l’expérience avec la manipulation d’oiseaux et de bonnes connaissances en analyses statistiques et en écologie.

Les personnes intéressées doivent envoyer un CV, une lettre de motivation et les coordonnées de deux références avant le 23 juillet 2017 à:

Marc Bélisle : Dany Garant : Fanie Pelletier :

Voir aussi pour obtenir plus de détails sur notre groupe de recherche en écologie terrestre.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Stream Ecosystem Ecology

SUPERVISORS: Neil Rooney ( and Merritt Turetsky (

We are seeking an enthusiastic graduate student with a strong academic record to undertake an MSc or PhD in ecosystem ecology focusing on the effect of agricultural practices on the structure and functioning of wetland and stream ecosystems. PhD students are preferred. As part of the recently launched ‘Food from Thought’ initiative at the University of Guelph (, this graduate project presents an exciting opportunity to participate in a large collaborative research effort that aims to quantify ecological effects of agricultural practices from individuals to ecosystems.

This project will take a field based approach to linking farming practices to hydrology, soil and stream nutrient cycling and metabolism across gradient of agricultural intensity. The results of the research will be essential in the development of crucial links among different scales of ecological organisation.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  1. Has a strong background in biogeochemical cycling and/or aquatic ecosystem metabolism (MSc preferred)
  2. Thrives in a collaborative environment and enjoys field work
  3. Has strong quantitative skills (i.e. statistics and/or programming)

Starting date: Fall 2017.

Stipend: Minimum funding of 20,000$/year for 4 years. There are also opportunities for TAships and scholarships through the School of Environmental Sciences, and the University of Guelph does offer competitive matching for exceptional students.

Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short statement of research interests, and the contact information of two referees to: Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

PhD project in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph – Closing date: January 1, 2018

Development of novel biotracers to understand the impact of agricultural practices on aquatic wildlife

A Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)-funded PhD student position is available for a candidate interested in wildlife conservation and physiology. The candidate will seek to assess the cumulative impacts of human activity in fish exposed to gradients of agricultural runoff using physiological tools, both in field and laboratory settings. Individual measures of chronic stress and contaminant exposure will be combined with an analysis of physiological and ecological indicators of fish performance. This project aims to develop and validate new biotracers of the sublethal effects of pollution on aquatic wildlife, which could revolutionize our approach to aquatic environmental assessment and monitoring.

The overarching theme of the University of Guelph CFREF is precision agriculture and environmental sustainability. The selected candidate will join the CFREF ecology team composed of up to 25 collaborators across 4 Departments plus the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. The primary objective of the ecology team is to understand, and mitigate against, the impacts of a range of agricultural practices on adjacent ecosystems. The development of novel efficient biotracers that can serve as early warning signals of agricultural impacts on aquatic ecosystems will be essential to inform wildlife ecologists and management.

Applications must consist of the following: (1) a letter expressing your interest; (2) an unofficial transcript; (3) names of at least two references; and (4) an example of your scientific writing.

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph currently has a number of major graduate scholarships available. Students with excellent academic records should visit the following website for further information:

Contact persons:
Nicholas Bernier ( and Frederic Laberge (