PhD opportunity in millennial dendrochronology to disentangle multiple drivers of forest productivity (eastern Canadian boreal forest)

PhD based at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) in collaboration with other research institutes

We are seeking an outstanding Ph D candidate to accomplish a thesis in dendrochronology on the drivers of forest productivity (temperature, precipitations, CO2, volcanoes, disturbances, etc.) during the last millennium in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), and the Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. The thesis will be part of a larger project with aims of using tree-ring metrics (width, density, stable isotopes) as well as ecophysiological modelling to disentangle the relative contributions of drivers on forest productivity.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing millennial tree ring series from subfossil stems preserved in lakes. A major challenge will be to produce long chronologies free of biases due to scaling problems (from samples to trees, to stands, to region).

The candidate will actively contribute to the fieldwork, as well as to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will benefit from the diversified expertise of our team in the fields of forest ecology, dendrochronology, statistical and process-based modeling of tree growth and analysis of various tree ring signals. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years.

We are looking for a passionate candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record as well as high analytical and problem solving skills. This person should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline and motivation within a multidisciplinary team. He /she must be willing to perform fieldwork in difficult conditions, possess a good team spirit and excellent writing skills.

The project will begin in May or September, 2020. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).

Opportunités de doctorat et de maîtrise, Université d’Ottawa

Plusieurs positions aux études graduées sont disponible dans le laboratoire de Julien Martin à l’université d’Ottawa (https://juliengamartin.github.io). Les projets seront orientés sur l’étude des stratégies de reproduction et des compromis biodémographiques en utilisant une approche de génétique quantitative basée sur des systèmes d’études à long-terme incluant les marmottes à ventre jaune au Colorado (>55 années de données) et les martinets alpins (>25 années). Pour plus de détails sur ces opportunité, visitez le site https://juliengamartin.github.io/opportunities/.

Le·a candidat·idéal·e devrait posséder:

– B.Sc. en Biologie

– Un fort intérêt pour l’analyse statistique de données avec le logiciel R

– La capacité de travailler de manière autonome et en équipe

– La volonté de travailler en français et en anglais

Les personnes intéressées par ce projet devraient envoyer un exemple d’écriture scientifique (travail de session, mémoire, ou article scientifique), leur CV, une lettre de motivation, et les coordonnées de deux personnes références par courriel au Pr. Martin (julien.martin@uottawa.ca). Nous continuerons à considérer les dossiers jusqu’à ce que le poste soit comblé.

MSc position: Continental-scale morphological variation in long-distance migratory bat species – Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus); deadline is February 7, 2020

Description: Seeking a qualified and enthusiastic candidate to complete an MSc research project investigating variation in skull and skeletal morphology of migratory bats. Data collection will involve taking measurements of bat specimens stored in museum collections. The student will be supervised by Dr. Erin Fraser (Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, NL, Canada) with a start date of September 2020. The successful applicant will be based out of Corner Brook, but may have the option of spending some parts of the degree in St. John’s. Occasional short-term travel to various North American museum collections will be required. Western Newfoundland is a beautiful and rugged region of Canada, with abundant opportunities for summer and winter outdoor pursuits, a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial wildlife, challenging hiking trails, and beautiful scenery.

Qualifications: Previous involvement in wildlife and/or morphometrics research are assets. The successful candidate should have a degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field and a minimum 75% average to meet the graduate program requirements. The successful applicant will receive a competitive graduate salary for the duration of their program.
 
To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three academic references to Erin Fraser at efraser@grenfell.mun.caReview of applications will begin Feb 7, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. 

MSc position: Using strontium and stable isotope methods to study annual migrations and lifetime movements of an endangered bat species in Newfoundland, Canada – Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus); deadline is February 7, 2020

Description: We are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic candidate to complete an MSc research project investigating the uses of strontium and stable isotope analyses to learn about the movements of endangered little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) in Newfoundland, Canada. The student will be enrolled in the Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Science MSc program at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, NL, Canada with a start date of August/September 2020. The position will be co-supervised by Dr. Erin Fraser and Dr. Vaughan Grimes. The successful applicant will live in Corner Brook and will travel occasionally to St. John’s to complete laboratory work for several weeks at a time. Some field work and bat capture may be required. Western Newfoundland is a beautiful and rugged region of Canada, with abundant opportunities for summer and winter outdoor pursuits, a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial wildlife, challenging hiking trails, and beautiful scenery.

Qualifications: Experience conducting laboratory work and previous involvement in wildlife research are assets. The successful candidate should have a degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field and a minimum 75% average to meet the graduate program requirements. The successful applicant will receive a competitive graduate salary for the duration of their program.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three academic references to Erin Fraser at efraser@grenfell.mun.caReview of applications will begin Feb 7, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship: PhD or MSc Position: Breeding Ecology and Conservation of Grassland Songbirds. Application deadline: February 3, 2020.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve 14 million hectares of land across Canada. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science (WFCS) Fellows will support conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity across Canada.

Project Summary

The objective of this project is to establish a long-term study on the ecology of grassland songbirds in the Waterton Park Front Area (just outside of Waterton National Park), Alberta. The student will examine how different grazing regimes or other management actions influence breeding productivity and survival and examine how conditions during other periods of the year affect songbird health. Fieldwork, which will occur from ~ May to July each year, will involve capture and handling of birds, nest finding and monitoring, as well as interacting with a variety of stakeholders. The student will be working with Dr. Nicola Koper (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Ryan Norris (NCC Weston Family Senior Scientist, University of Guelph). They will be based at the University of Manitoba, Natural Resources & Environmental Management program.

Fellowship Details

The Fellowship will begin in September 2020 and consist of up to four years of support with a minimum $15,000 annual stipend. The student will be eligible to apply for a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship to match the base stipend for a total of $30,000 of support annually. Fellows will also receive $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with an annual Fellows meeting and for select training/development opportunities. The Fellowship funds are not intended for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

As a part of the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, the student will spend a portion of their time interning with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. They will have the opportunity to gain experience with activities such as conservation planning, GIS, property stewardship, science communication, or community outreach.

If a Fellow receives another fellowship or scholarship (e.g. NSERC), NCC will only contribute stipend up to a total of $30,000 annually, but the student will still be considered a WFCS Fellow and participate fully in the program.

Fellowship Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants will have a strong, demonstrated interest and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in banding/ringing/aging passerines, and with additional relevant field experience. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba and applicants with a minimum A- average are strongly preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive program. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in the Fellowship, please forward your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter indicating “Grassland Songbird Fellowship” in the subject line to samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca by February 3, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship: PhD or MSc Position: Demography of the Endangered Mottled Duskywing. Application deadline: February 3, 2020.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve 14 million hectares of land across Canada. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science (WFCS) Fellows will support conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity across Canada.

Project Summary

The objective of the study is to collect data on Mottled Duskywing population size, adult lifespan, dispersal, survival, and response to land management activities. The student will use these data to develop a predictive stage-based matrix population model for this species that will be directly applicable to future recovery decisions, including re-introductions. Field research will involve a mark re-sighting study and surveys from May through July at sites in southern Ontario. Lab research will involve experiments at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory to quantify overwintering survival. The student will be working with Dr. Ryan Norris, NCC’s Weston Family Senior Scientist, and will be based at the University of Guelph (www.norrislab.ca). The student will also collaborate closely with partners from various other organizations.

Fellowship Details

The Fellowship will begin in September 2020 and will consist of up to four years of support with a minimum $15,000 annual stipend. The student will be eligible to apply for a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship to match the base stipend for a total of $30,000 of funding annually. In addition, Fellows will receive $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with an annual Fellows meeting and for select training/development opportunities. All research costs and field work accommodations for the project will covered separately. If the student is available, they may be hired for 8 weeks in May–July 2020 for project field work.

As a part of the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, the student will spend a portion of their time interning with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. They will have the opportunity to gain experience with activities such as conservation planning, GIS, property stewardship, science communication, or community outreach.

If a Fellow receives another fellowship or scholarship (e.g. NSERC), NCC will only contribute stipend up to a total of $30,000 annually but the student will still be considered a WFCS Fellow and participate fully in the program.

Fellowship Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants will have a strong, demonstrated interest and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Prior field experience, preferably on insects, and a strong work ethic, are required. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Guelph and applicants with a minimum A- average are strongly preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive program. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in the Fellowship, please forward your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter indicating “Mottled Duskywing Fellowship” in the subject line to samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca by February 3, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

POSTDOC & PhD POSITIONS – EVOLUTIONARY MITOCHONDRIAL BIOLOGY – UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL. Application deadline: February 14, 2020.

A postdoctoral position and a PhD position are available in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie Breton (Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology) at the Université de Montréal (http://labobreton.ca/) to study the role of mitochondria and their genomes in adaptation and speciation processes. The projects take a multidisciplinary approach using epigenetic, genetic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and biochemical methods in different animal/organismal model systems, including yeasts, bivalves and flatworms.

The postdoc position is available immediately and is renewable annually depending upon progress. The PhD is expected to start in September 2020.

Applicants should have recently obtained a PhD degree (for the postdoc position) and a MSc degree (for the PhD position) in biology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a related field. The ideal postdoc candidate is expected to be self-motivated, resourceful, with a record of scientific rigor, productivity, and creativity; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and a strong publication record. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Those with interest and experience in mitochondrial biology, genetics and epigenetics such as DNA methylation are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior experience in Southern, Northern and Western analysis and immunoprecipitation is beneficial. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to design and perform experiments and interpret data independently.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter with the description of research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information of two references (in pdf format) to s.breton@umontreal.ca before February 14, 2020.

Please note that only those selected for an interview (Skype or telephone) will be contacted.

Sophie Breton, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology
Département de Sciences Biologiques
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Canada

INTERESTED IN GRADUATE RESEARCH ON PTARMIGAN HABITAT ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT IN LABRADOR?

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (M.Sc.) at Memorial University (St. John’s and Corner Brook, NL, Canada) beginning September 2020 — A M.Sc. graduate assistantship is available to conduct research assessing spatial ecology and habitat use of ptarmigan species in Labrador. Specific goals include developing a clear understanding of ptarmigan winter and summer range, mapping potential habitat for ptarmigan, and predicting potential impacts of climate change on ptarmigan populations and migration. The project will be conducted in collaboration with staff from Nunatsiavut Government, members of local communities of Labrador, and staff from both the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division and Parks Canada.

The position will be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Warkentin (Memorial University) and Dr. Darroch Whitaker (Parks Canada). There will be an opportunity to participate in field work being carried out by the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division, but primary responsibility of the student will be analyses of tracking data.  Strong applicants will have (1) developed statistical skills (experience working with large datasets would be an asset) and (2) experience working with geospatial data and applications such as ARC GIS.  The candidate must meet Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program requirements (www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/cognitive.php) with a B.Sc. in biology, ecology or relevant field and be eligible for fellowship support (minimum 75% average); stipend of $20,500 plus research funding, with the opportunity to earn more through teaching assistant positions.  Please send (as electronic attachments) a letter of interest, CV and un-official transcripts, and also arrange for three professional/academic references to be sent to DR. IAN WARKENTIN (Email ian.warkentin-at-grenfell.mun.ca). Application review begins 1 February 2020 and continues until the position is filled.

Multiple graduate positions in honey bee health genomics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

The Zayed lab (http://www.yorku.ca/zayedlab/) in the Department of Biology at York University (Toronto, Canada) is looking for enthusiastic graduate students (PhD or MSc), starting September 2020, to carry out research on a Genome Canada funded project called BeeCSI (beecsi.ca). Our team will develop biomarkers for a large number of stressors, and combinations of stressors, that affect the health of honey bees. This effort will ultimately involve analysis of approximately 3,000 honey bee transcriptomes, proteomes and gut microbiomes in collaboration with a large network of researchers from across Canada including colleagues at UBC, AAFC, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, and Laval University.

Successful candidates will receive training in genomics, bioinformatics and sociobiology in a very collaborative environment. Additionally, candidates will benefit from interacting with many researchers at YorkU’s Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation consortium (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Together, BEEc includes 10 full time faculty (4 bee biologists, 1 mathematician, 1 engineer, and 4 social scientists), 39 graduate students, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and 4 research assistants and associates.

Toronto is a great city to live and work in; BEEtheNORTH! If you are interested, please send your c.v., contacts for 3 references, and a cover letter to zayed@yorku.ca

Information about applying to graduate school at York University can be found here
https://biology.gradstudies.yorku.ca/apply/

Projet de doctorat: Prédire la propagation des épidémies de tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette

Contexte du projet

La tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette (TBÉ,  Choristoneura fumiferana) est le plus grand défoliateur des peuplements de conifères en Amérique du Nord. En 2017, une surface de 7 millions d’hectares a été touchée par cet insecte, soit plus de 12 % de la forêt boréale québécoise.

La fréquence des épidémies de la TBÉ a connu une modification au courant du dernier siècle et il est prévu que les épidémies seront plus fréquentes et plus sévères à l’avenir dû aux changements climatiques. Ainsi, si nous pouvions améliorer notre capacité à prévoir les nouveaux secteurs touchés par une épidémie en cours, il serait possible de mitiger certaines des impacts économiques (perte de bois et diminution de la croissance) et écologiques (émissions de carbone) de l’épidémie.

Objectifs et méthodologie

Ce projet vise à développer des modèles spatio-temporels de la propagation d’épidémies de TBÉ à l’échelle du Québec, en fonction du climat et de la structure du paysage forestier. Pour ce faire, nous ferons la synthèse de diverses sources de données déjà disponibles (relevés aériens, télédétection, séries dendrochronologiques). Plusieurs approches de pointe en modélisation écologique (modèles hiérarchiques, apprentissage automatique) seront utilisées et les modèles résultants seront évalués sur leur capacité à prédire la dynamique d’une épidémie après avoir été entraînés sur les données de l’épidémie précédente. L’accès aux superordinateurs de Calcul Canada permettront l’application de modèles complexes à une base de données massive.

Mots-clés: aménagement forestier durable, changements climatiques, écologie forestière, modélisation spatiale, perturbations naturelles.

Lieu d’étude: L’étudiant(e) sera basé(e) à l’Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF; https://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/) au campus de Rouyn-Noranda ou au campus d’Amos de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, sous la supervision de Philippe Marchand (https://bit.ly/2DFyGl6) et Miguel Montoro Girona (https://bit.ly/34LfttX). L’IRF est dynamique, multiculturel et international et offre un environnement de qualité aux étudiants pour le développement de la recherche, avec 12 professeurs et plus de 60 étudiants aux cycles supérieurs qui travaillent sur des sujets très diversifiés comme la modélisation, la sylviculture, la génétique, la biodiversité, l’écophysiologie et l’aménagement durable de la forêt. Les étudiants de l’IRF bénéficient aussi des ressources et opportunités (bourses, participation en conférences, ateliers) de développement professionnel offertes par le Centre d’étude de la forêt (www.cef-cfr.ca). Par ailleurs, l’étudiant(e) sera membre de la Chaire en aménagement forestier durable (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/). Dans le cadre du projet, la personne choisie aura aussi l’option de réaliser un stage international financé avec nos collaborateurs aux États-Unis (Université Harvard) ou aux Pays-Bas (Université de Wageningen).

Financement: Bourse de 21 000 $ par année pour 3 ans.

Profil recherché: Maîtrise en écologie ou foresterie avec un intérêt pour la modélisation et les statistiques OU maîtrise en mathématique, statistique, géomatique ou informatique avec un intérêt pour leurs applications en écologie dans un contexte de changements climatiques.

Admission prévue: Été ou Automne 2020

Collaborateurs du projet: Yves Bergeron (UQAT), Mathieu Bouchard (MFFP), Louis De Grandpré (SCF), Matthew Duveneck (Harvard), Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ), Anouschka Hof (Wageningen), Hubert Morin (UQAC), Pierre Therrien (MFFP).

Êtes-vous prêt à commencer votre doctorat sur ce sujet passionnant? Envoyez votre curriculum vitae, une lettre de motivation, un relevé de notes et les coordonnées de deux références à Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca) et à Miguel Montoro Girona (miguel.montoro@uqat.ca). L’examen des candidatures débutera le 20 janvier 2020 et se poursuivra jusqu’à ce que le poste soit comblé. Une aventure professionnelle dans la grande forêt boréale de l’Abitibi vous attend!

Liens d’intérêt :

Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue : https://www.abitibi-temiscamingue-tourism.org/