Projet de maîtrise en écologie des bryophytes : Évaluation de la déposition atmosphérique de polluants au Nouveau-Brunswick par «bryosurveillance»

Un poste d’un.e étudiant.e à la maîtrise est disponible dans le laboratoire de Mélanie Jean situé à l’Université de Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick. Nos travaux portent sur l’écologie végétale, avec un accent particulier mis sur les structures et fonctions des communautés de bryophytes à l’écotone entre la forêt boréale et la forêt tempérée. Ce projet particulier portera sur l’utilisation des bryophytes pour faire des suivis de la qualité de l’air (« bryosurveillance ») au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Ce projet est soutenu par le Fonds de Fiducie en Environnement du Nouveau-Brunswick du gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick et s’intègre au cœur d’un projet pancanadien et international de « bryosurveillance » (https://bryomonitoring.ca/), ce qui donnera à l’étudiant.e d’excellentes opportunités de développer un réseau de collaborations locales, nationales, et internationales.

Je recherche une personne qui aime travailler en équipe, est motivée, présente un bon leadership et une bonne indépendance. Ce projet nécessitera plusieurs mois de travail sur le terrain au Nouveau-Brunswick. La maîtrise de la langue française est essentielle.

Date de début : Été 2021, Septembre 2021, ou Janvier 2022

Emplacement : L’étudiant.e sera basé sur le campus de Moncton de l’Université de Moncton et affilié.e au département de biologie. Moncton est une ville bilingue, avantageusement située au cœur des provinces maritimes, avec une excellente offre culturelle et avec une excellente qualité de vie. https://www.moncton.ca/fr

Pour soumettre votre candidature :

Envoyez votre CV, une lettre de motivation, un relevé de notes non officiel et au moins deux références à Mélanie Jean (melanie.jean *at* umoncton.ca).

Mélanie Jean

Professeure adjointe / Assistant professor
Département de biologie
Université de Moncton
18 avenue Antonine-Maillet, Moncton, NB
melanie.jean@umoncton.ca
(506) 858-4292
melaniejeanecology.weebly.com

Offre de Maîtrise en végétalisation minière : Impact des sites miniers végétalisés avec des plantes à fleurs sur les communautés d’insectes pollinisateurs en contexte forestier boréal

L’Institut de Recherche en Mines et Environnement (IRME) de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi- Témiscamingue (UQAT) lance un appel à candidatures pour la réalisation d’un projet de maîtrise sur l’impact des sites miniers végétalisés avec des plantes à fleurs sur les communautés d’insectes pollinisateurs en contexte forestier boréal. Ce projet de recherche appliquée, qui implique des travaux de terrain, vise l’acquisition de connaissances sur la contribution des habitats ouverts de type prairies à fleurs créés par la végétalisation des sites miniers à l’établissement de communautés d’insectes pollinisateurs en région forestière boréale. Ce projet est réalisé en partenariat avec l’Insectarium de Montréal dont l’expertise en entomologie est reconnue à l’international.

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THREE Ph.D. POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN WHALE CONSERVATION GENOMICS

I have three Ph.D. positions starting in September 2021 (preferably), or January 2022 (if necessary). The three positions are as follows:

  1. Epigenetic effects of non-lethal entanglements in North Atlantic right whales. Assessing how methylation patterns change throughout the genomes in response to non-lethal entanglements, and how long such changes persist;
  2. Using ddRADSeq data to quantify the impact of inbreeding on health, survival, and recovery potential of North Atlantic right whales;
  3. Using genomic data to infer historic demography and estimate genetic load in North Atlantic right whales vs southern right whales.

I am located at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is a wonderful place to work and live. The right whale community is wonderful as well, and includes the New England Aquarium,  the Canadian Whale Institute, and the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium.

Please contact me (timothy.frasier@smu.ca) if you are interested, and include:
1. Which project you are interested in;
2. Why you are interested in it;
3. Why your background makes you appropriate to work on it; and
4. Your CV

Preference will go to applicants who already have M.Sc. degrees.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Tim Frasier
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=5RJvJ34AAAAJ&hl=en
website (a bit out of date, and in need of TLC): frasierlab.ca

Graduate student position available (Master student)

Project description: Seeking graduate student with a keen interest in marine benthic community ecology. The project will characterize the spatial and temporal variation in soft-sediment macroinvertebrate communities in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland using contemporary and historical biological and environmental data. It will also build a reference database of DNA barcodes for macroinvertebrates. The main goal of this study is to create a baseline for assessing future environmental changes. It is a collaborative effort between Fisheries and Oceans Canada, NF (B. Neves) and University of Manitoba (P. Ramey-Balci).

The student will gain experience in DNA barcoding, microscopic identification of macroinvertebrate species, and multivariate statistical analysis of relatively large multi-year benthic data sets.

Requirements: Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Biology (B.Sc.), GPA 3.0 or higher.

Prior experience: All applicants will be considered. However, applicants with strong scientific writing skills and some laboratory experience in molecular techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR) and/or macroinvertebrate identification will be given preference.

Start date: Program of study begins fall (September) 2021. However, a start date of Jan 2022 may be considered.

Funding: Two years of funding is available at Masters level.

Interested individuals should: Send a 1-page letter of interest (stating their motivation to pursue a M.Sc. and any research experience), CV/resume, and the contact information of two references by May 12, 2021 (or until position if filled) to:

Patricia Ramey-Balci
Assistant Professor
University of Manitoba
Department of Biological Sciences

Patricia.Ramey-Balci@umanitoba.ca

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patricia-Ramey-Balci

After receiving supervisors support, it is anticipated that the applicant will submit an official application to the Graduate School in Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Deadline for Canadian/US applicants is June 1, 2021 (for fall semester). https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/bio_sci.html

Ph.D. positions (2): University of Saskatchewan – Movement ecology of American black ducks and eastern mallards

Description: Two Ph.D. studentships are available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. The positions are part of the launch of the Ducks Unlimited Canada Endowed Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation (https://www.ducks.ca/our-work/science/saskatchewan-endowed-chair/). These projects comprise independent and integrated objectives because black ducks and mallards co-exist in the northern and mid-Atlantic Flyway. The students will use state-of-the-art tracking devices deployed on both species to conduct research in movement ecology and conservation planning.

These projects are international partnerships among the Black Duck Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service, The State University of New York-Brockport, University of Saskatchewan, Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, and member states of the Atlantic Flyway (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia). Our primary project goals are to (1) quantify movements and wetland use during the breeding season, (2) quantify reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing, (3) assess the extent to which migration characteristics, proportion of time feeding, energy expenditure and habitat used during wintering, staging and the reproductive period explain variation in reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing, and (4) use the relationships identified in objectives 1-3 to link the annual cycle for holistic conservation planning. We anticipate deploying 500 units on black ducks and 600-800 units on mallards over a 4-year period. These units will generate millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making.

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods, spatial analysis), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds, sampling aquatic vegetation). Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (with field work in eastern Canada and US)

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $25,000 Canadian per year plus tuition.

Start date: September 2021

Last date to apply: 16 April 2021 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (weegmanm@missouri.edu):

(1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

M.Sc. student position – Metabarcoding soil and litter invertebrates

The Schwarzfeld (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Kerr (uOttawa) labs invite applications for a motivated M.Sc. graduate student to contribute to a larger multidisciplinary research project investigating the role of natural capital in agricultural landscapes (e.g. riparian areas, hedgerows, forest stands) in supporting and maintaining ecosystem goods and services (e.g. biodiversity, soil health, pest control, etc.). The specific component of the M.Sc. project will involve investigating the soil and litter arthropod communities under different ecological conditions. Soil and litter-dwelling arthropods are incredibly diverse and play an important role in maintaining healthy and functioning soil ecosystems, and this work will provide key data in how best to manage agricultural landscapes while prioritizing soil health. 

The graduate student will be responsible for field sampling, lab-work and ecological analyses. We are envisioning a strong metabarcoding component to the study (sequencing Berlese extracts for mites and bulk samples or preservative ethanol from pitfall samples) and the student could also pick a taxonomic group according to their interests to include morphological and abundance data, and to validate the molecular data. There will also be opportunities to layer the data collected for this specific project onto data collected from the wider project, such as the above-ground vegetation, microclimates, and the microbiome and physico-chemical properties of the soil.  The student will be stationed at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre, with access to molecular labs, microscopes, and the millions of reference specimens housed at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes. The research sites are all within a 40 minute drive of Ottawa.

  • Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Department of Biological Sciences M.Sc. graduate program at the University of Ottawa
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence
  • Preference will be given to applicants experienced with ecological theory, entomology, molecular techniques (e.g. DNA extractions, PCR), and/or bioinformatics and scripting.

Applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, copy of academic transcripts and the names of three references to Marla Schwarzfeld (marla.schwarzfeld@canada.ca) with cc to Jeremy Kerr (jkerr@uottawa.ca).

MSc Position Available: Environmental Contamination from the Use of Lead Ammunition

An MSc student opportunity is available to join a collaborative research project involving researchers at the National Wildlife Research Centre (a government facility of Environment and Climate Change Canada) and the Department of Biology at Carleton University.

The MSc student position is available starting in September 2021 to investigate contamination of harvested wildlife from the use of lead ammunition. While it is well-known lead shot contaminates harvested waterfowl, more recent studies indicate lead rifle bullets can also contaminate the meat of large game. Lead ammunition is a potential source of lead that contaminates country food because it breaks into small pieces on impact in harvested animals. This interdisciplinary MSc project will encompass both environmental and social science components and will be co-supervised by Dr. Vivian Nguyen (Social-Ecological Research and Applications Lab, Carleton University) and Dr. John Chételat (Environment and Climate Change Canada). Using an existing dataset, the student will characterize levels and sources of lead in tissues of monitored wildlife species that are important country foods. The student will also collect social science data on the use of lead ammunition to inform science to policy initiatives.

To apply, please email Dr. John Chételat (john.chetelat@canada.ca) with the following: 1) a cover letter briefly describing your career goals and how they align with the MSc opportunity, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) names and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSc or PhD position in subarctic terrestrial ecology

Subarctic regions are experiencing some of the greatest rates of climate change on the planet.  Some subarctic regions are experiencing a change in plant communities while other are not, suggesting that communities are not in equilibrium with the climate. The woodlands and tundra habitats of the subarctic are characterized slow growing plants and nutrient poor soils that have large pools of organic matter. We are interested in the how the feedback between plants and soil uncouples communities and ecosystem processes from the regional climate. We are also examining how the consumer food chain alter nutrient availability and creates feedbacks in ecosystem productivity and community composition. We conduct manipulative experiments using fertilizer additions and plant exclusion, and observational studies, on animal redistribution of nutrients in woodland and tundra habitats. Our field sites are in Wapusk National Park and near the Churchill Northern Studies Center.

At present there are positions for MSc. and PhD students.  A BSc in the biological sciences with an emphasis in ecological or environmental studies is a must. Students should have an interest in ecophysiology, community ecology and ecosystem processes. Experience working in the field in remote settings is an asset. Contact John Markham (john.markham@umanitoba.ca) for more information.

DEAN, FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

The new Faculty of Environment represents an exciting opportunity for an inaugural Dean to lead faculty, staff and students through visioning and strategic planning that will continue UNBC’s success for years to come. With goals to increase undergraduate and graduate student numbers, fundraising, and research success, this is a time of ambition and forward-thinking at UNBC.  The new Faculty of Environment will officially launch on April 1, 2021.Reporting to the Provost, the new Dean provides overall strategic leadership and direction to Faculty on all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, and pathway initiatives across northern British Columbia and beyond. The Dean is responsible for ensuring a high-quality educational experience for UNBC students throughout the region, and supports the growth of the faculty and staff. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar appointable as an Associate or Full Professor at UNBC. With passion and commitment to advancing the excellence of research and education in the Faculty, the Dean will bring outstanding skills as it relates to leadership, communications, and relationship building to be highly effective in this role.

Please find more details at this link: https://www2.unbc.ca/52228/dean-faculty-environment

GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY

Aquatic ecosystems of the Boreal Shield Ecozone (BSE) include a diversity of lakes, ponds, wetlands, streams and rivers linked across the landscape in a network of nested catchments (drainage basins). Fish biodiversity over this landscape is often interpreted from conditions in larger lakes (> 100 ha) which are the primary survey targets. Much less is known about how smaller lakes and streams contribute to the overall biodiversity and productivity of the catchment through provision of unique habitats, refuges and migration corridors. Our objective is to advance our current understanding of fish biodiversity at the catchment scale in the BSE through a research program that examines all aquatic habitats.

Research will begin in the recovering landscape of the historical acid deposition zone in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Acid and metals damaged aquatic ecosystems over a vast area, and biological recovery appears to be lagging chemical recovery. Our initial working hypotheses are: i) catchment-scale fish biodiversity will be lower in recovering catchments than reference catchments, and ii) local biodiversity will depend on landscape position as well as habitat type within all catchments, but landscape position will be more important in recovering catchments because of its influence on both the severity of initial impact and the re-colonization process during recovery. From this starting point, we will model and test predictions about species distribution patterns within both reference and recovering catchments in the context of both legacy and current environmental stressors.

I am seeking motivated students to conduct graduate research at the MSc or PhD levels. Applicants should have strong quantitative, organizational, and writing skills, and be willing to develop and undertake a field-intensive program in a challenging environment. Knowledge in limnology, fish biology, and restoration ecology, and experience with fish sampling, database management and statistical analyses are all definite assets.

Students will be based at the Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (CFEU), housed in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre (http://www.livingwithlakes.ca) at Laurentian University. Students will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from academia, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), and will have access to extensive, long-term databases for fish communities and water quality.

Salary will be at current NSERC rates and starting dates are negotiable from May 2021 onwards.

Please forward a CV, a statement of research interests and qualifications, copies of transcripts, and names of three references to:  Tom Johnston, Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit, Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada.   tjohnston@laurentian.ca