The Dynamic Behaviour Lab at Carleton University is seeking enthusiastic graduate students at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. level with an interest in studying the sensory, motor, and decision-making processes that guide animal behaviour. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on field and/or lab projects that may include how birds use multiple visual cues during flight, and how motor performance influences social and ecological interactions between competitors, predators, and prey. Ideal applicants will have an interest in the integrative biology of animal behaviour and its implications, experience with analysis and writing, and an enthusiasm to learn statistical and computational skills. People who identify with groups that are underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply.
The anticipated start date is between September 2019 – September 2020. Potential post-docs are also encouraged to get in touch.
The successful applicant would be supervised by Dr. Roslyn Dakin in the Biology Department at Carleton University in Canada. Carleton is located in Ottawa, a national capital city with abundant parks, trails, museums, galleries, festivals, and waterfront, plus a canal that becomes the world’s longest ice rink in the winter. Students at Carleton benefit from shared intellectual exchange and resources at our neighbouring University of Ottawa, through the Ottawa Carleton Institute of Biology (OCIB).
To apply, please send:
(1) a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your experience, long-term goals, and why you are interested in research on behaviour,
(2) your CV,
(3) a copy of your recent transcript, and
(4) contact information for 2 references to Dr. Roslyn Dakin at roslyn.dakin[AT]gmail[DOT]com
by February 1, 2019.
The Ziter Urban Landscape Ecology lab at Concordia University is looking for MSc (possibly PhD) students for Fall 2019 interested in research at the intersection of urban landscape structure, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. The successful applicant will have considerable opportunity to shape specific research questions, but project directions may include: 1) Characterizing relationships among biodiversity and multiple ES provided by green infrastructure; 2) The role of urban landscape structure in moderating biodiversity and ES provision; or 3) Ecosystem services (and particularly climate adaptation) provided by the urban forest. Research in our lab typically combines fieldwork with laboratory and/or computer analysis, with most data collection occurring in the summer in urban or peri-urban areas around Montreal. Applicants can read more about our recent and upcoming research on our lab website: www.carlyziter.com.
Concordia is an English-speaking University in the vibrant and diverse city of Montreal (rated the world’s best student city in 2017!). Our lab is based in the Department of Biology on Loyola Campus – a beautiful green campus in the western part of the city, but within reach of downtown. Home to 4 universities, Montreal has one of the largest concentrations of ecologists in Canada, and is also a growing center of excellence for urban ecology and urban forestry. Consequently, graduate students will have numerous opportunities to learn and collaborate outside the lab, including affiliation with the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science and Concordia’s new hub for Sustainable, Smart, and Resilient Cities and Communities.
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a collaborative team environment, work closely with research partners, present results at professional conferences, and publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Applicants should have a BSc in biology, ecology, geography, or a related field (PhD applicants should have an MSc), and be willing and prepared to conduct fieldwork in an urban environment (often involving significant interaction and communication with members of the public). A valid driving license is strongly preferred. Ability to speak French is an asset, but not required. Preference will be given to Canadian applicants.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Carly Ziter directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a statement of motivation/interest, and include: 1) A CV/Resume; 2) An unofficial transcript; 3) The names and contact information for 2 references.
We are seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to work on temperature variation and extinction risk. It seems likely that the transient dynamics of small populations far from a stable age or size distribution may interact with autocorrelated environmental variation in ways that could significantly increase the extinction risk. In collaboration with National Research Council Canada (CNRC-NRC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the postdoctoral researcher will examine the impact of autocorrelated temporal variation on the transient dynamics of structured population models of SARA-listed aquatic species. The position will require the analysis of temperature threshold probabilities and autocorrelation in addition to population modelling.
Candidates must hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Ecological modelling, Mathematical Biology, Statistics of Ecological Systems) at the time of appointment and have experience working in a research environment. The anticipated start date is January 2019. This is a one year position with possibility of being renewed for a second year (contingent on funding). The salary is $42,000 plus health benefits. More information is available at https://uwaterloo.ca/biology/sites/ca.biology/files/uploads/files/postdoc_cuddington_kim.pdf,
To apply, please send the following to Dr. Kim Cuddington via email: email@example.com: 1. A complete CV, 2. A statement on how the applicant can fit the position (max one page), 3. unofficial transcripts, 4. Names and contact information for three referees
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.
PhD position in seabird ecology, investigating population dynamics of alcids (Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills) in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Alcids nesting in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine are at the southern extent of their range, thus climate change is likely to result in local population declines. The goal of this project is to collate demographic information collected by our group from 1995 – present for nesting puffins and Razorbills at Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick, use this information to relate population trends with dispersal rates, and produce population models for each of the two focal species.
The candidate will be a member of the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research on the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick. Research will involve extensive field work on Machias Seal Island (i.e., presence on the island for 3.5 months) over three years (2019-2021), where the candidate will contribute to our ongoing long-term research. While on the island, the candidate will lead our research team of 3-4 people completing annual seabird monitoring of six focal species (Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Leach’s Storm-petrel), and aid other graduate students with their field research.
- MSc in biology or related field
- Demonstrated field experience, previous experience leading a field camp is preferred
- Extensive experience banding seabirds, experience banding alcids preferred
- Experience calculating apparent survival using Program MARK, R, or other similar program
- Experience developing and running population models in R, MatLab, or other similar program
- Strong quantitative skills
- Candidate should have a driver’s license and the ability to travel between Canada and the United States
If interested, please contact Dr. Heather Major (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and experience; 2) current CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and/or field experience. Review of applications will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful candidate will start in May 2019.
In natural environments, plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi interact in complex webs/networks. These networks have a deterministic, non-random structure, yet we still poorly understand the drivers and functional consequences of such structure. We also have yet to fully appreciate the flexibility of these networks, and thus their potential resistance and resilience to disturbances and anthropogenic pressures. The aim of this project is to look at mycorrhizal network assembly along gradients (e.g., temporal, environmental) to determine how the structure of these interaction networks is shaped by preferential rewards and environmental selection of AM fungal and/or plant traits. This project will also prime the development of trait-based research in AM fungal ecology, a major frontier in the field.
Université de Montréal is one of the highest ranked university in the world, ranked third in Canada, in the city rated THE world’s best student city in 2017. Research in plant science and microbial ecology is done in research labs adjacent to the Botanical Garden, a truly unique research environment.
Interested candidates should:
• Have some background in statistics and R programming
• Ideally have experience in molecular biology
• Have a valid driving license
• Be motivated to work in sometimes hard meteorological conditions in the field
Interested applicants should send to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>:
1- A letter of motivation
2- A short CV with research-related work experience and a publication list
3- An unofficial transcript
Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi operate crucial functions in terrestrial ecosystems, contributing to nutrient cycling, soil C storage and altering plant net primary productivity. Yet, we still lack a sound understanding of their functional diversity, and how this diversity is distributed across taxonomic and spatial scales in natural landscapes. The aims of the currently available project are to (1) better appreciate intraspecific trait diversity in ECM fungi, (2) determine how the abiotic environment filters ECM fungal traits and (3) look at plant ECM fungal trait selection. As such, this project will involve a rich mixture of practice and theory in community assembly, ecological niches, evolution of cooperation and partner selection. The project will be held at Université de Montréal, in the Station de Biologie des Laurentides. This field station is extremely well suited for this project, with a heterogeneous and precisely mapped landscape of various ECM host plants, which offer a great opportunity to look at ECM community filtering. We are looking for a motivated student with (1) excellent academic record, (2) demonstrated potential for autonomy and (3) sound understanding of mycorrhizal symbioses and community ecology. The student should begin by January 2019, or May 2019 at the latest. Interested candidates should send their CV (with references) and a motivation letter to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Merkle Research Group in collaboration with Banff National Park is looking for a highly motivated, creative, and quantitative Ph.D. student to lead a field-based project studying the movements of reintroduced bison in Banff National Park. Although the successful applicant will be admitted through the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming and will be based in Laramie, Wyoming (USA), all field work will be conducted in Banff National Park (Canada).
The goals of the research project will be to make fundamental contributions to the field of movement ecology while also providing reliable knowledge to manage and conserve bison. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to shape the specific research questions within the following topics: 1) home range formation by bison in a novel environment; 2) the influence of prescribed burns, hazing, and containment fencing on bison movement; and iii) the influence of social status and sociality on space use of bison.
Candidates must have a B.S. and preferably a M.S. degree in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, or related fields. Applicants must have an excellent undergraduate GPA and competitive GRE scores. Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team in harsh field conditions. Field work will require backpacking and hiking off trail in stochastic field conditions at high elevations in sometimes extremely steep terrain. Applicants with experience managing and analyzing large datasets (including remote sensing data) in program R or Python, and publishing research will be favored. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, work closely with a large field crew, present results at professional conferences, and publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets.
A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which includes annual stipend, tuition, and benefits. To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file that includes 1) a cover letter outlining field and quantitative experience and interest in studying animal movement, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial GRE score sheet, 4) contact information for three references, and 5) transcripts to Jerod Merkle (email@example.com) and Jesse Whittington (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applicants will begin 25 February 2019. The successful applicant will start in autumn 2019.
We are recruiting a PhD student to investigate the habitat and foraging ecology of moose across central British Columbia, Canada. The work will focus on the response of moose to broad-scale and rapid salvage harvest of lodgepole pine. The study will be conducted in the John Prince Research Forest (http://www.jprf.ca/research/post/moose-habitat-selection-movement-ecology-and-survival) where there has been stable levels of forest harvest and the surrounding landscape that has been the focus of salvage harvest.
There is considerable flexibility in research question and design, but we anticipate methods that potentially employ field-based analyses of recently deployed high-frequency GPS collars, 4 years of broader-scale GPScollar data, and 3 years of camera-trap data. The study area has Lidar derived forest/cover attributes and there is an effort to monitor wolves. We expect the dissertation to have an applied focus, with application of findings to the development or improvement of forest management practices that enhance moose populations.
The qualified student will attend classes at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC. UNBC is a small, but dynamic research intensive university (www.unbc.ca). The Prince George area offers abundant outdoor recreation activities. Please see our website for more information on the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program including degree requirements and expectations (www.unbc.ca/nres/). Research activities will be conducted at the John Prince Research Forest.
Qualifications: This is a challenging, but rewarding project requiring a range of interests and aptitudes. Preferably, the successful applicant will have a degree in biology or ecology. The student should be willing to work in a collaborative environment with multiple research partners. Demonstration of field-based competencies (e.g., GPS operation, compassing, backcountry safety/skills) is an asset as well as a desire to get dirty and potentially work long hours. Also, the student should have a keen interest in quantitative ecology, including the development of species distribution models and the analysis of camera-trap data. The successful student should be prepared to spend a portion of the summer working at the study site near Fort St. James, British Columbia with a program start date of September 2019. We offer a competitive stipend ($22,000/year for 3 years) and funding to support field and lab activities.
For further information please contact Dr. Chris Johnson, (email@example.com; 1-250-960-5357; http://web.unbc.ca/~johnsoch).