PhD position: Wood Turtle Ecology and Response to Forest Harvest, University of New Brunswick, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service

We are looking for a PhD student with broad interest in herpetology and forest management to work on a project investigating Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) response to forest harvest. The four-year project is a before-after design, in which populations will be monitored and turtles will be tracked using GPS-telemetry before and after forest harvest. The goal is to evaluate and develop best-management practices related to management of critical habitat. The student will be expected to develop and investigate questions on movement ecology, habitat selection, habitat management, that involve theory and application. This is a rare opportunity to conduct a controlled large scale ecological experiment to understand how animals respond to habitat change. The position will be based out of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Drs. Chris Edge (https://edgeforestecologylab.wordpress.com/) and Graham Forbes (https://tinyurl.com/y5zusvcl) and begin in September of 2019.

Our ideal candidate will have a broad interest in wildlife biology, conservation biology, species at risk, evolutionary ecology, and/or ecology. Experience with GPS- and/or radio-telemetry, species at risk, forestry, habitat selection, and advanced movement statistics such as utilization distributions, random walk, or Brownian motion are an asset. The project is field based and will require substantial work outdoors. We encourage applicants who are interested in using the data collected in this project to test broad ecological questions related to how animals respond to disturbance and use those responses to predict long-term and broad-spatial population effect.

Interested applicants should send a 1 page cover letter detailing their research interests and CV to Dr. Chris Edge via email (christopher.edge[at]canada.ca). Informal inquiries about the project via email are encouraged. All candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to Canadian Citizens. Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

MSc. student position in Rare Plant Conservation Genetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland-Canada

We are seeking a motivated MSc student to conduct research on the conservation genetics of endangered plant species of Newfoundland in Canada. Two species of Braya (Brassicaceae) and one species of Salix (Salicaceae) are endemic to the Limestone Barrens of Newfoundland (www.limestonebarrens.ca for more information), and are endangered under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. We aim to elucidate the intraspecific genetic variation and population genetic structure for the conservation and management of these endangered species including the establishment of a genetically diverse seed bank, and the identification of stock for future reintroductions. We propose to use Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS), a cost-effective next generation sequencing method that permits the retrieval of millions of short DNA markers, and which we have successfully used in other plant projects at MUN Biology (Podocarpus, Vaccinium, Parajubaea). Other research questions of interest to the student are welcome within the framework of Conservation Biology or Genetics. The MSc student will work under the mentorship of three professors: Dr. Julissa Roncal (plant evolutionary biologist), Dr. Luise Hermanutz (conservation ecologist) and Dr. Lourdes Pena-Castillo (bioinformatician).

Student’s qualifications:

  • A BS degree with Honours in a related discipline (e.g. biology, botany, conservation, ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics)
  • Experience in organismic botany, ecology, conservation science, phylogenetic and/or population genetics analyses, and bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequencing data is highly desirable.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, organization and communication skills. Attention to detail.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English is mandatory for international students. TOEFL test required for admission to the university, but not the GRE tests

Position characteristics:

Project start date is September 2019. The MSc program comprises two years with an annual stipend of $19,000. The student is expected to teach on average 10 hr/wk during the fall and winter semesters but not in the spring. The department of Biology at Memorial University has 29 faculty members and over 100 graduate students. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university offering a multicultural environment. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note this position is subject to funding.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals, transcripts, and contact information of 3 references (who have agreed to be contacted) in a single pdf or word file to Dr. Julissa Roncal at Email: jroncal@mun.ca. For more information on the research group visit: http://www.mun.ca/biology/jroncal/

For instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/index.php

PhD: Securing ecosystem services by diversifying cropping systems. 

Description: We seek a PhD student (or highly motivated MSc) to characterize the agronomic and ecological attributes of a wide variety of crops for their potential use in diversifying arable cropping systems to promote soil health and other ecosystem services including sustainable yields.

The main objectives of the project is to screen a wide variety of crops for their ecological and agricultural attributes with the intention to build a knowledgebase for the various cover crops that may be implemented in Atlantic Canada to (1) protect and restore soil health in intensive production systems and (2) promote ecosystem services provided by arable lands (i.e. plant beneficial mycorrhizae, plant pollination, biodiversity and yield). The candidate will be involved in leading fieldwork for data collection on plant above and belowground traits as well as soil sampling and processing for characterizing soil biodiversity using next generation sequencing. These data will be used to make informed predictions for their incorporation into diversifying cropping systems (i.e. use in rotation or in diverse mixtures). The candidate will be involved in developing the study design; conducting field sampling activities; managing, analyzing and synthesizing data; communicating with government and industry partners; and disseminating results through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Fredericton Research and Development and Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) on a 4-year, program in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. 

Start date: 1 Sept 2019 (latest) 

Type: The project is for a fully funded four year program. The candidate will be encouraged to apply for scholarships and teaching assistantships. 

Supervisors:
Dr. Cameron Wagg (AAFC, Fredericton)
Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (UNB, Department of Biology) 

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • A degree in Plant and/or Soil Ecology, Agronomy, or related fields
  • An interest in incorporating ecological theory and concepts into agricultural practices
  • A valid driver’s license (or equivalent)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of experimental design and statistical programs (R) would be an asset

Application: Those interested should first email Dr. Cameron Wagg (cameron.wagg@canada.ca and cc Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (aparachn@unb.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

Facteurs contribuant aux coûts énergétiques de l’immunité chez les grillons. Date limite: 30 mai 2019.

Un poste de doctorat (ou MSc) 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 cherchons un étudiant passionné et curieux pour étudier les coûts énergétiques liés à la lutte contre les maladies et les agents pathogènes chez les grillons. Un accent particulier sera mis sur la manière dont les facteurs extrinsèques (e.g. température, environnement social, etc.) et intrinsèques (e.g. sexe, âge, condition) entraînent une réduction des coûts de l’immunité. La recherche impliquera des travaux de laboratoire à Montréal ainsi que des travaux sur le terrain en Floride; 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 ou physiologie animale).

Diverses sources de financement sont disponibles pour les étudiants, y compris des postes d’auxilaires d’enseignement (les cours se donnent en français) et des 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 mai 2019.

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

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

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

Funding is available for at least 2 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is June 1st 2019 but may be flexible.  Information on benefits is available at https://goo.gl/PDZX5p.  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

1: https://www.ucalgary.ca/research/eyes-high-postdoc
2: https://www.ucalgary.ca/research/research-units/research-stations/biogeoscience-institute
3: http://www.stoneynation.com/
4: https://y2y.net/
5: https://science.ucalgary.ca/connections/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

 

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applicants for nomination as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water, Environment and Sustainability in the Department of Biology.

The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and/or adaptive management strategies for surface waters. Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, major element biogeochemistry, ecosystem sustainability and lake management. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the successful candidate include, but are not limited to:

  • commitment to preparing a CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program;
  • an exceptional track record of peer-reviewed publications in freshwater (surface water) science;
  • demonstrated leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration skills.

For additional information about the position, please contact Peter.Leavitt@uregina.ca and links below.

More information about the Department of Biology is available at: https://www.uregina.ca/science/biology/

More information about the Faculty of Science, and a more detailed ad is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/science/

To Apply:

Applicants must submit an application online at: https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html

 Review of applications begins May 6, 2019

As an employer committed to employment equity, we are seeking applications from women scientists for this position. In order to alleviate the under-representation of women in Tier I CRC and senior faculty positions, this position has been targeted to women.

Funded PhD Position in Cougar Ecology, The University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus [Kelowna, BC, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student for research on the ecology of cougars in southern British Columbia. Cougars are one of the most important large carnivores in this region – interacting with deer, bighorn sheep, and other prey. However, landscape change – from wildfires, forestry, and urbanization – may be altering where and how cougars hunt these prey. These changes may also affect human-wildlife conflict.

The PhD student will examine the links between landscape change and predator-prey interactions using data from GPS-collared cougars. There is ongoing research in this area, incuding several dozen bighorn sheep and mule deer fitted with GPS collars, and arrays of remote cameras. This combination of research projects provides a rare and powerful opportunity to directly measure the spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions. The student will be expected to tackle theoretical and applied questions related to cougar ecology – making advances in both fundamental research and the science-policy interface.

Minimal qualifications: Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred, as are applicants with publications or manuscripts in review. Applicants must have experience working on field research projects, knowledge of GIS, statistics (e.g., R), and a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following topics: 1) movement ecology; 2) predator-prey ecology; 3) the ecology of human-wildlife conflict. The student must be willing to work in a highly collaborative environment that includes: 1) co-supervision by two (nice) PIs; 2) government biologists; 3) other graduate students working on related research projects 4) people from First Nations, eNGOS, and consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife user groups.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs Drs. Adam T. Ford  (http://atford.weebly.com/) and Karen Hodges (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/faculty/hodges.html) from the Department of Biology, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, who will co-supervise the student. The PhD Student will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members of, and facilities managed by, the Kelowna-based BRAES Institute (http://braes.ok.ubc.ca/) and the Vancouver-based Biodiversity Research Center (https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/).

Timeline: The ideal start date would be January 2020, but is negotiable. The formal application deadline for January 2020 admission at UBC Okanagan is June 1, 2019, but candidates will not be considered unless they have been in contact with us first and encouraged by us to complete the formal application.

Application instructions: Please email both adam.ford@ubc.ca AND karen.hodges@ubc.ca a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating i) past experiences in field ecology and research, ii) your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD, and iii) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a current CV; (3) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts [unofficial is fine]; (4) contact information for 3 references. For the email, please use the subject header “Cougar PhD Application”.

For full consideration, please submit this package no later than May 7,2019. We reserve the right to consider applications submitted after this time.  We will ask only our top candidate(s) to complete the formal UBC Okanagan application, since that entails additional time and expense.

MSc or PhD position available, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, ON, Canada

Project title: Structural and functional connectivity of multi-purpose landscapes of Southern Ontario

Advisors: Dr. Madhur Anand and Dr. Genevieve Ali

Project description: This project aims to describe and quantify the ecological and hydrological connectivity of Southern Ontario landscapes, where a variety of land uses and natural areas coexist in a mosaic pattern. The student will focus on different ways of assessing structural and functional connectivity (e.g. ecological, hydrological and chemical connectivity) for a variety of landscape objectives (e.g. agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services, resilience) and at multiple scales. The student will also analyze trade-offs between landscape objectives, and develop and compare optimization scenarios that ultimately contribute to the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of Southern Ontario ecosystems.

Qualifications: BSc (if applying for a MSc) or MSc degree (if applying for a PhD); areas of expertise: environmental sciences, ecology, sustainability, geography, rural planning, or similar; strong academic record (required); excellent skills in Geographical Information Systems (required); sound knowledge in quantitative analysis and statistics (required); ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary fashion; competence to handle multiple datasets and sources; previous scientific publications (strongly preferred).

Start date: September 2019

Funding: available for 2 yrs (MSc) or 3 yrs (for PhD) as per University of Guelph guidelines. Grant source: CFREF Food from Thought to Dr. Madhur Anand.

To apply: Send CV, letter of interest, (unofficial) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for two references to Dr. Madhur Anand (manand@uoguelph.ca) and Dr. Genevieve Ali (gali@uoguelph.ca).

 

MSc Opportunity – Forest Genetics, Start date: Immediate

Barb Thomas Lab

I am seeking a highly motivated MSc student to join my research group. As part of your graduate thesis research, you will lead a greenhouse study on the effects of drought stress on the sex performance of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Provenance and sex performance of seedlings will be compared through ecophysiological assessments, growth, biomass allocation and water use efficiency.

Prospective students must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or the natural sciences with a focus on forestry, ecology, genetics, plant biology or related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with field and greenhouse work, high attention to detail and strong computing skills including the use of statistical software packages. This project is part of a series of studies focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms driving differences in clonal performance in aspen.

This opportunity is open to domestic and international students, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds and/or teaching will be required. Scholarships are available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater.

The research project will start in the summer or fall of 2019. Please submit an updated CV and letter of interest in conducting graduate research in forest genetics to Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca) and Morgan Randall (mrandall@ualberta.ca). Informal inquiries to gain more information about the position are also welcome. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about the research in our lab, please visit our website at: https://people.ales.ualberta.ca/barbthomas/