PhD POSITION: AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting a graduate student at the PhD level to investigate how physical environmental conditions affect the success and impact of zebra mussel invasions. This is a fully funded position for four years.

The zebra mussel has recently invaded a southern Quebec lake, Lac Memphrémagog (100 km southeast of Montreal) and threatens to spread to other lakes in the region. These lakes vary in water chemistry and other limnological conditions that likely mediate the maximum abundance, distribution, and impact of the zebra mussel. We are looking for a student to investigate these relationships by conducting lab experiments, field studies, and empirical modelling. Another major focus will be to investigate the effects of an expanding mussel population on invertebrate diversity and food webs in these lakes.

McGill has a field station on Lac Memphrémagog. Our students are members of an interuniversity research centre in Quebec (GRIL) and interact with limnologists and ecologists in the Biology Department at McGill, as well as national and international collaborators that have expertise in invasion ecology. Our students also have the opportunity to take a unique summer NSERC training program in lake and fluvial ecology (https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=4180) and a graduate-level course on invasion ecology at McGill.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Dec 2018, and have independent research experience and field training in freshwater or marine ecology. Owing to funding requirements, we are directing this ad to Canadians (or permanent residents in Canada); however exceptional international candidates will also be considered, if they are deemed likely to qualify for a scholarship. Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html). The preferred start date is January 2019, but a later start date to begin field work before July 2019 might be possible.

Strong candidates should apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is September 10, or until a candidate is chosen. Applicants should provide:

  • An up-to-date c.v.
  • University Transcript(s) (e.g. a scanned copy)
  • Names and contact information of at least two referees,
  • A short (~1 page, single spaced) statement of research interests and relevant experience.

Send your application, as a single combined pdf if possible, to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). The student we select must apply to the Biology department by October 15 for admission into the graduate program in January 2019.

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Memorial University

The Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland is recruiting graduate (MSc and/or PhD) student(s) to study the impacts of consumers on ecosystem functioning at local and regional extents. Specifically, we are looking for a student(s) to i) develop spatial ecosystem ecology theory for consumer impacts within and across ecosystems and ii) conduct experiments and observational studies in our boreal study systems. Our lab is actively developing and testing predictions from spatial ecosystem ecology theory using moose (Alces alces) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) as case studies. Moose were introduced to the island of Newfoundland in the early 1900s and now the island sustains ~120,000 individuals and the highest densities of moose on the planet. Moose are having large impacts on forest and small stream ecosystems in Newfoundland. Atlantic salmon are a native anadromous and iteroparous fish found in streams across the island of Newfoundland. Salmon are an important biotic vector for the flux of nutrients between freshwater and marine ecosystems. Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research (http://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab).

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada with ~18,000 students (~3,200 graduate students). The Department of Biology at Memorial is diverse with ~30 faculty and ~100 graduate students. You can find out more about the department, graduate studies application procedures and funding at: http://www.mun.ca/biology/graduate/. The position(s) come with a guaranteed stipend but interested students should also visit the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for information on postgraduate scholarships: http://nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp.

Memorial’s main campus is in St John’s, a city of ~ 250,000 people on the Northeastern point of the island of Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with excellent access to cycling, trail running and hiking (http://eastcoasttrail.ca/), whale and seabird watching, cross-country skiing, fishing, etc.

Students interested in joining the lab starting in September 2019 should send a cv, transcripts and statement of research interest to: sleroux@mun.ca. We will begin considering applications on Sept. 15, 2018 until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to students with experience or a strong interest in mathematical modeling, spatial analysis, and/or field ecology.

Keywords: Atlantic salmon, community ecology, food web, meta-ecosystems, moose, nutrient cycling, subsidies, theoretical ecology

FUNDED PhD POSITION IN THEORETICAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA [Vancouver and Kelowna, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student to conduct dissertation research on the mathematical basis underlying wildlife management and conservation. The application of mathematical modeling in ecological and evolutionary theory is well established (Otto and Day 2007), yet there remains significant room for the innovation of quantitative mathematical modelling in the applied realms of wildlife science. The student will explore the governing dynamics of topics such as:

  • eco-evolutionary outcomes of human-wildlife conflict;
  • consumer-resource models of hunter harvesting;
  • human-carnivore competition for ungulates;
  • commensal interactions between micro- and macro-predators;
  • decision-support tools to assist in management, conservation, and policy related to wildlife.

These topics may focus on systems associated with people, large carnivores, and ungulates in British Columbia, including wildlife species such as wolves, cougars, black and grizzly bears, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, and big horn sheep.

Minimal qualifications: include a demonstrated interest in quantitative modelling in the life sciences and willingness to develop models to answer applied questions. This project is primarily computer lab based, with opportunities for stakeholder engagement and field visits to better understand system dynamics. Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred.

Timeline: Start date negotiable (2018 or 2019), applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs of Dr. Sarah Otto (UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, BC) and Dr. Adam T. Ford (UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC), who will co-supervise the student. We anticipate will spend the early part of their PhD degree in the Otto Lab in Vancouver [http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~otto/] to shore up their skills in mathematical modelling. The student will then transition to the Wildlife Restoration Ecology Lab [http://atford.weebly.com/] in Kelowna to further develop and apply their modelling work. 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/).

Application instructions: Please email [adam.ford@ubc.ca] a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating (a) past experiences in mathematical modeling in ecology, evolution, or life sciences; (b) areas of interest/growth for your PhD topic(s); (c) broader goals of your PhD; (d) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a recent CV; (3) copies [unofficial is fine] of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) contact information for 2-3 references. Please use the subject header “Quantitative Modelling PhD Application”.

PhD opportunity: Temperature variation and risk modelling of endangered aquatic species, UWaterloo 

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natural Resources Canada, the candidate will analyze variance of temperature data for North America and use this information to access risks for endangered aquatic species. We will examine the probability of autocorrelated temperature extremes and relate these probabilities to the risk of extinction as predicted by structured population models (matrix or IPM models) The student will develop computationally efficient methods of dealing with the climate data, and will also develop methods for incorporating information regarding temperature variation and autocorrelation into population models

The position will commence Sept 2018 or Jan 2019. The successful candidate will be funded for 4 years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and the University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Work will occur both at the Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. Direct inquiries to Kim Cuddington at the University of Waterloo (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). Applicants must meet the standards for entry into the Biology (uwaterloo.ca/biology/graduate-studies/admissions), or Applied math graduate program (uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/graduate-students/applying)PhD opportunity: Temperature variation and risk modelling of endangered aquatic species, UWaterloo

PhD opportunity: Optical recognition of Bythotrephes, UWaterloo

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the successful candidate will use a Laser Optical Plankton Counter (LOPC) data stream to identity plankton species in samples from the Great Lakes. A single tow may contain images of 30+ million particles.

The initial focus will be to identify one species of management interest, the invasive spiny water flea, Bythotrephes longimanus. The student will use computationally intensive machine-learning techniques, such as neural networks, in order to classify images. The student will train the algorithm using species from both single and mixed species laboratory populations run through the LOPC, and from lake tow data streams where positive identifications can be made.

The position will start Sept 2018 or Jan 2019. The successful candidate will be funded for 4 years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and the University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Work will occur both at the Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. A quantitative or computational background will be strongly preferred.

Direct inquiries to Kim Cuddington at the University of Waterloo (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). Applicants must meet the standards for entry into the Biology (uwaterloo.ca/biology/graduate-studies/admissions), or Applied math graduate program (uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/graduate-students/applying).

Graduate Research Opportunity, Sediment carbon biogeochemistry and microbial dynamics in Northern Lakes

Start date: Fall 2018 / Winter 2019

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A graduate assistantship is available to carry out a Ph.D. thesis in the group of the Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS) Department des sciences de biologie of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The research project will focus on regional patterns in organic C sedimentation and burial across northern lakes, exploring potential shifts in contemporary C burial, and establishing links to regional climate and landscape changes. The project will further explore links between lake C burial and other aspects of lake C biogeochemistry in northern landscapes, including carbon loading, dynamics and processing, greenhouse gas dynamics, ecosystem metabolism, and also potential links to sediment microbial community composition and function. The project will involve a combination of approaches, including ITRAX core scanning and stable isotopic analyses to characterize lake sediments, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, and GIS and landscape modeling measurements, and genomic approaches to characterize sediments microbial communities. Our students are part of a highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, to microbial, plankton and ecosystem ecology. The project will be in co-supervision with Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves (McGill University), and the student will therefore also benefit from the extensive resources and expertise available in the Biology Department at McGill University. Interested students should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references, to Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries and applications are welcome. Starting date: Fall 2018/Winter 2019.

Graduate positions in microbial ecology at UBC Okanagan

Two positions (MSc or PhD) are available as of January 2019 in the Hart lab at UBC Okanagan. Both positions are fully funded and are part of larger collaborative group involving both academic and industrial partners.

Project 1:  Soil microbes and sustainable agriculture

We are looking for students (MSc and PhD) to study microbial communities and their functioning in sustainable agriculture and viticulture.
We are looking for a student to look at the fate microbial biofertilizers in ecosystems. In a related project, we are looking at how plant biodiversity can help mitigate crop diseases.

Position 2:  Evolutionary stability of root symbioses

We are looking for a MSc student to study the evolutionary stability of symbioses.  Using mycorrhizas as a model system, this project asks how plants are able to maintain diverse endophyte communities.

If interested, please submit your CV and a brief  letter explaining your desire to do graduate work to: Dr. Miranda Hart (miranda.hart@ubc.ca)

www.mirandahart.ca

Poste d’étudiant au doctorat: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal, QC Canada

Un poste pour un(e) étudiant(e) au doctorat est disponible au département des Sciences biologiques à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Le candidat joindra un groupe collaboratif qui mettra en place une expérience de pêche sélective à large échelle sur une période de trois ans, basée sur la réduction contrôlée expérimentalement de la taille de populations naturelles de truites présentes dans des lacs alpins dans les montagnes Rocheuses. L`objectif du projet est d`appliquer les méthodes de métabarcoding à partir d’ADNe afin d’évaluer les conséquences des pratiques de pêche sélectives pour la taille, en détectant la perte d’espèces et les gains à l’échelle de l’écosystème entier. Nous comparerons les informations apportées par l’ADNe avec d’autres obtenues par des méthodes de suivi traditionnelles impliquant des phénotypes et organismes entiers issus de populations de poissons et de communautés aquatiques. Le projet aussi s`implique l`expérimentation pour tester les réponses écoévolutives de zooplancton à la pêche sélective.

Le ou la candidat(e) retenu(e) bénéficiera d’une formation en évolution des populations et en écologie des communautés en plus de recherche expérimentale en nature. Il/elle collaborera étroitement avec d’autres chercheurs de l’Université McGill, l’Université Concordia, et avec Parcs Canada. Le ou la candidat(e) retenu(e) bénéficiera d’un solide noyau scientifique en sciences aquatiques à l’UQAM et travaillera dans un environnement collaboratif et dynamique à Montréal.

Les candidats qualifiés auront idéalement une Maîtrise en biologie ou un domaine connexe, démontreront leur potentiel de recherche, auront une forte éthique de travail et un intérêt pour l’écologie aquatique. De l’expérience en techniques moléculaires d’ADN et de solides compétences en statistiques, communication et relations interpersonnelles sont des atouts. La capacité de communiquer en français n’est pas obligatoire, mais est un atout.

La date de commencement est septembre 2018 ou janvier 2019. Les candidat(e)s intéressé(e)s doivent envoyer une lettre de motivation, leurs relevés de notes non officiels, un C.V. et les coordonnées de deux personnes références dans le milieu académique ou de recherche à :

Alison Derry, professeure agrégée

Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8

Courriel: derry.alison@uqam.ca

Tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647

Site web: http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/Francais/Bienvenue.html

 

Graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.), Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge.

MSc. Project 1. This student will examine the establishment and recovery of actively restored biological soil crust communities on drilling waste. You will initiate a trial to test active soil crust restoration techniques, identify bryophyte and lichen species in the crusts to characterize crust community composition in relation to site micro environmental conditions, and measure ecosystem services such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation rates.

MSc. Project 2. This student will examine the active restoration of tundra vascular plant communities from locally collected propagules. You will initiate a trial to test the use of locally collected material on drilling waste sites, and will track the survival and establishment of vascular plants in relation to site micro environmental conditions.

PhD. Project 3. This student will examine how active restoration techniques influence the recovery of soil community structure. You will examine the belowground plant, bacterial, fungal, and archaeal communities in restoration treatments in relation to site micro-environmental conditions. You will use next generation sequencing techniques to characterize belowground communities, develop niche models for important species, and will link soil community structure to key soil ecosystem services. You will have opportunities to expand your work to additional questions, and to lead collaborations with other project members.

These projects have an anticipated start date of either September 2018 or January 2019. Project 1 will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Stewart and Projects 2 and 3 will be co-supervised by Drs. Lamb and Siciliano.

For more information:

Eric Lamb: http://homepage.usask.ca/~egl388/index.html

Katherine Stewart: https://agbio.usask.ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/katherine-stewart.php

Steven Siciliano: https://www.usask.ca/toxicology/people/faculty/steven-siciliano.php

Requirements:

PhD. Project. A thesis based (research) MSc. degree with evidence of scientific productivity through the publication of one or more peer reviewed manuscripts. Graduate level experience and training in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics, restoration ecology.

MSc. Projects. A BSc. or BSAg degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: bryology, plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology.

Application Procedure

Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca) with a package including:

  • Cover letter describing your background and research experience and indicating which project you are most interested in.
  • an up-to-date CV
  • unofficial transcript(s). A scan or .pdf copy is sufficient.
  • an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project).

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 2018.

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
  • 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 29 juin 2018 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.