MSc or PhD position in invasion macroecology at Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are looking for a graduate student interested in working on global patterns of invasive species and the drivers influencing these patterns. The student will use a large earthworm database compiled by the sWORM working group and conduct additional literature searches to build a dataset on global earthworm invasions. Students with prior experience and/or enthusiasm for assembling and handling large datasets, data synthesis, and statistical modelling (in R or similar) are particularly encouraged to apply. This project will involve collaboration with Prof. Nico Eisenhauer and Dr. Helen Phillips at iDiv (Leipzig, Germany), as well as other members of the sWORM working group, and likely will include at least one trip to work at iDiv.

Start date: January, April, or Sept 2020.

Location: The student would be based at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and supervised by Erin Cameron. For further information on this project and our research group, go to:
https://www.idiv.de/sworm
https://erinkcameron.wordpress.com/

Funding: The Applied Science graduate program guarantees a minimum stipend of $17,000/year. The student will be encouraged to apply for external scholarships as well. This position is open to Canadian or international students, but tuition costs are high for non-Canadians so additional funding would be needed.

To apply: If interested, please send a CV, transcript, a short cover letter describing your interest and experience, and the names of 2 references to: erin.cameron@smu.ca Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, but those received by June 25 will be given priority.

Projet de doctorat sur l’impact de l’établissement de plantations à croissance rapide utilisant des espèces exotiques sur la biodiversité

Contexte

Les plantations intensivement aménagées et à croissance rapide sont utilisées pour produire plus de bois sur des surfaces restreintes. En 2010, la surface totale des plantations n’était que de 7% des forêts naturelles mondiales, alors que leur contribution à la demande de fibre était d’environ 40% (FAO 2010). Même s’il est de plus en plus démontré que les plantations mixtes devraient être favorisées aux monocultures, les plantations d’une seule espèce ou clone sont encore bien supérieures en proportion parce qu’elles sont généralement plus facile à gérer. En 2006, les plantations de plus d’un génotype représentaient moins de 0,1% de la superficie mondiale en plantations industrielles. Comparativement aux forêts naturelles, les monocultures d’arbres semblent diminuer la biodiversité dans le paysage et affectent un grand éventail d’autres espèces végétales et animales, allant des micro-organismes du sol à la macrofaune. Pour cette raison, les monocultures sont souvent décrites comme étant des déserts de biodiversité. Des études plus récentes ont démontré que le mélange de cultivars ou d’espèces pouvait affecter positivement les habitats biotiques et abiotiques par une utilisation optimale des nutriments selon la théorie de différenciations des niches écologiques et par le fait même, augmenter la biodiversité spécifique et fonctionnelle comparativement aux monocultures. Dans des plantations que nous avons établies en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, nous avons démontré que le mélange de clones de peuplier hybride favorisait la croissance,  diminuait les ratios racines:tiges des arbres et diversifiait les patrons de développement des racines. Nous avons également démontré que l’abondance des collemboles et le taux de décomposition de la litière augmentaient dans les plantations mixtes. Par ailleurs, certaines plantations peuvent présenter une grande diversité de plantes indigènes, surtout dans les cas où les herbicides ne sont pas utilisés comme au Québec où l’entretien est principalement fait à l’aide de traitements mécaniques et seulement sur quelques années.

L’objectif de ce projet est de déterminer les effets de mélanges d’espèces et de clones sur la composition en espèces et la diversité fonctionnelle des plantes de sous-bois dans les plantations à croissance rapide établies en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Date de commencement: Septembre 2019

Lieu : L’étudiant(e) sera basé(e) à l’Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF; http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/), au campus de l’UQAT à Amos. Par ailleurs, l’étudiant(e) sera membre de la Chaire en aménagement forestier durable (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/) et du Centre d’étude de la forêt (http://www.cef-cfr.ca/). L’équipe de l’IRF est dynamique et offre un environnement de qualité aux étudiants, alors que la région est très active culturellement et offre une grande qualité de vie grâce à ses activités de plein air diversifiées.

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

Pour postuler : Faire parvenir par courriel votre curriculum vitae, une lettre de motivation, vos relevés de notes et le nom de deux références à l’attention de : Annie DesRochers (annie.desrochers@uqat.ca) et Nicole Fenton (nicole.fenton@uqat.ca).

Master of Science in Biology position – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Investigating the roles of ecology, phenology, and insect genotype in predicting host-range of candidate biocontrol agents for an invasive fruit-feeding fly

We are seeking an MSc student to investigate the ecology of endemic vinegar flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae) present in southwestern British Columbia. This project will focus particularly on their susceptibility to attack by two foreign parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) being considered as candidate classical biological control agents for the invasive Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, SWD). SWD is a serious pest of soft fruit (i.e. cherries) and berries, first detected in BC in 2009 and now widespread in Coastal and Interior fruit growing areas of B.C. Effective control currently requires the use of insecticides. A successful biological control program would improve the sustainability of production of soft fruits and berries by reducing insecticide use. A necessary first step is to evaluate potential risks and benefits of the proposed introduction of these two parasitoids by determining the susceptibility of native Drosophilids to attack.

The successful candidate will carry out basic and applied research on the distribution, phenology and ecology of native non-target Drosophilids in the Okanagan Valley, establish laboratory lines of select species, and evaluate the roles of ecology, phenology, and fly genotype on likelihood of attack by the two parasitoid wasps.  Research will be conducted in field, laboratory and quarantine facilities. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers studying invasion ecology in agro-ecosystems and gain expertise in field sampling and ecology, insect identification, insect rearing, statistical analysis and molecular biology.

Starting Date: January 1st, 2020. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found but those received by June 15th 2019 will be given priority.

Locations:  The student will be enrolled at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, BC) under the primary academic supervision of Dr. Bob Lalonde.  Experimental work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Chandra Moffat and Dr. Paul Abram with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, at the Summerland Research and Development Centre located in Summerland, British Columbia.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in biology, entomology, plant science, ecology, or a related discipline. Candidates may need to re-locate between Kelowna and Summerland during the course of the project depending on selected coursework. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of UBC Okanagan (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/graduate/biology.html), be Canadian Citizens, and have a valid drivers licence.

Stipend: Guarantee of $17,500 per year for 2 years if academic requirements are met; applicants are encouraged to apply for other scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests, a current CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 2 academic references to Dr. Bob Lalonde, robert.lalonde@ubc.ca, cc Dr. Chandra Moffat, chandra.moffat@canada.ca

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 2019 ou janvier 2020.

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 (minimum d’environ 70% de crédits alloués à la thèse)
  • 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 20 juin 2019 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.

PhD position in wildlife parasitology and evolutionary ecology at the University of Calgary

I am seeking a motivated graduate student interested in evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, quantitative genetics and wildlife biology to join my group at the University of Calgary. Research in my laboratory uses molecular and evolutionary ecology approaches to improve our understanding of the processes modulating variation in fitness-related traits and adaptive evolution in free-living wildlife populations.

I am currently recruiting a PhD student to study the genetic basis and fitness consequences of variation in complex gastro-intestinal parasitic nematode infections in natural environments using the Sable Island horse long-term population study as a model. The project, conducted in collaboration with Phulip McLoughlin (U of Saskatchewan), John Gilleard (U. of Calgary), and Alastair Wilson (U. of Exeter), will involve characterising complex strongyle infections in >500 horses over multiple years using DNA metabarcoding, and applying pedigree-based multivariate quantitative genetics and selection analyses to study the evolution of resistance to mixed infections. Interactions between nematode infections and the bacterial microbiome will also be investigated. For additional information about the study system see:

Debeffe et al. 2016. Negative covariance between parasite load and body condition in a population of feral horses. Parasitology 143:983-997.

Gold et al. 2019. Quantitative genetics of gastrointestinal strongyle burden and associated body condition in feral horses. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 9:104-111.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills or interest in parasitology, molecular ecology, quantitative genetics, wildlife biology or evolutionary ecology. The student will be based at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or the Department of Biological Sciences, and receive a minimum stipend of $CA23,000/year. Start date is flexible but would ideally be between September 2019 and September 2020.

More information about the lab is available at https://sites.google.com/site/jocelynpoissant/home. Interested students should send a brief email outlining research interests, along with a CV and unofficial copies of transcripts to jocelyn.poissant@ucalgary.ca. I also welcome inquiries regarding other potential projects in the laboratory.

PhD (or MSc) POSITION IN ECOLOGY (REINDEER/CARIBOU) (MATING SYSTEMS – FEMALE CHOICE – MALE VOCALIZATIONS)

1 PhD (or MSc) research position is available in my lab starting September 2019.

The aim of the project is to test some of the key predictions of mating systems theory. This research will involve using a long-term individual-based data (breeding phenology and rutting behaviour data from 1996 to 2017). This project also involves manipulative experiments and observational fieldwork in northern Finland (playback experiment, phenology of the vocalization during the rut, etc).

Suitable candidates will have an MSc (or BSc) in Biology or a similarly recognized degree. The ideal candidate must have: Very strong quantitative skills (statistics) – Experience in field research settings – Be determined to complete a PhD degree – Have a good academic background (good GPA). The candidate should be ready to work in remote areas and to work in team.

I am particularly interested in candidate with some experience or background in Vocalizations/Acoustics (or willing to learn rapidly).

Financial support is available for three years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc), but if eligible, candidates will be encouraged to apply for external grant (FQRNT and NSERC). Students with a successful scholarship will receive a bonus on top of their scholarship.

If interested, send me by email (robert.weladji@concordia.ca) before May 30, 2019: a copy of your CV, transcript and a short statement of purpose, as well as the name and email addresses of 2 references.

Robert Weladji
Department of biology
Concordia University

robert.weladji@concordia.ca
www.robertweladji.com

Opportunité de recherche doctorale ou post-doctorale: Écologie écosystémique des lacs de montagne le long des gradients d’altitude et de la récolte de truites exotiques

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal Canada

Date de début: mai 2020

Un étudiant au doctorat ou un boursier postdoctoral dispose d’une opportunité excitante d’examiner le métabolisme des écosystèmes lacustres et les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans les lacs des Rocheuses le long de gradient d’altitude et de récolte d’ombles de fontaine exotiques. Le projet fait partie d’un programme de recherche collaborative dans le cadre duquel nous récoltons de manière sélective des populations entières d’ombles de fontaine exotiques à différentes altitudes dans le cadre d’expériences répétées à l’échelle de l’écosystème. Le projet impliquera des collaborations avec des chercheurs de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, de l’Université Concordia et de Parcs Canada.

Le candidat sélectionné aura l’avantage de travailler avec un ensemble de données existant, mais pas encore publié :

– Collecte de données estivales sur trois ans concernant le métabolisme des écosystèmes (à partir de 2017)

– Deux à trois ans de collecte estivale pour les gaz à effet de serre (à partir de 2017)

Le candidat retenu participera à l’élaboration et à la conception du projet en participant à la saison de terrain de 2020 dans les parcs nationaux Kootenay et Banff, au Canada.

Le candidat sélectionné aura la chance de bénéficier de l’expérience de travailler dans un groupe hautement collaboratif avec des expertises dans les écosystèmes aquatiques à l’UQAM et dans les pêcheries à l’université de Concordia. Le poste se trouve à l’UQAM qui est situé au centre-ville de Montréal, une ville canadienne dynamique et connectée à l’international.

Les candidats qualifiés auront idéalement un diplôme de maîtrise (ou doctorat) en sciences des écosystèmes aquatiques. De l’expérience dans le traitement des données d’oxygène dissous à haute fréquence et des mesures au niveau de l’écosystème, telles que le métabolisme de l’écosystème sera appréciée.

Les candidats intéressés doivent envoyer une lettre de motivation, des relevés de notes, un CV et les coordonnées de deux références universitaires / de recherche, à:

Alison Derry, professeure associée
Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
CP 8888, Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8
Courriel: derry.alison@uqam.ca
Tél.: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647
Site Web: http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html

 

M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. positions in Invertebrate Symbioses in the Proctor Lab, University of Alberta

I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” Projects are outlined here: https://hproctorlabuofa.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/summary-of-current-nserc-discovery-grant.pdf.

Students should have strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification. Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates. Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for the first 2.3 years of an M.Sc. program and the first 5 years of a Ph.D. program (or until thesis defense, whichever comes first), at the minimum rate of approximately $25,197 (M.Sc.) and $25,917 (Ph.D.) per year, subject to annual review of academic and teaching performance. For details on how to apply including minimum GPA and language requirements, see links at https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/. Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students start in September but I am open to January starts. Just be aware that finding rental housing in Edmonton is a bit more difficult in January (and it’s a lot colder than in September!).

If you are interested, please email me at hproctor@ualberta.ca. Include in your email a brief statement of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).

Graduate Student Opportunity in ECOLOGY/BIOINFORMATICS, University of Guelph

About the Project

A MSc/PhD graduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cottenie in the Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Biological Science (www.cottenielab.org).  The main research theme in my lab (www.cottenielab.org) centers around metacommunity dynamics, and we study this in a wide variety of systems, from fish to small mammals to macroinvertebrates to transposable elements within the genome. I am currently expanding my research focus to microbiome studies, and the first species that I will study is the microbiome of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park. This is a collaboration with the Norris lab who study these year-round residents of the boreal forest that rely on food cached during the late summer and fall for over winter survival and late-winter reproduction. Some of the questions we are interested in are determining the effect of very local dispersal (vertical transmission from parents to offspring) and regional dispersal (dispersal of parents and offspring in the landscape) on the oral and gut microbiome of Canada Jay individuals.

Requirements 

I am looking for an enthusiastic graduate student who wants a research project that combines ecological field work with bioinformatics to study relevant questions in ecology through advanced statistical analyses in R.

This position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Other strong candidates are also welcome to apply.

Funding

MSc students in the College of Biological Science are funded at a minimum of $21,259 per year, and the minimum guaranteed duration of support is 6 semesters.  For more details regarding funding, see Student Stipend Information.

Depending on eligibility, students may also apply for a wide range of internal and external scholarships.  See the full list of available Scholarships and Awards for more information.

Interested in applying?

To learn more about this project and the application process, contact me (cottenie@uoguelph.ca) with your CV and your research interests. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this project, depending on your interests and future goals, you could either apply as an MSc student in Integrative Biology (www.uoguelph.ca/ib) or as an MSc student in Bioinformatics (https://www.uoguelph.ca/bioinformatics/). Since this might change the research focus, we can determine together the most relevant program for you.

I also encourage you to visit the websites above to determine what the University of Guelph can offer you during your graduate education, and I highly recommend that you contact my current graduate students to get a sense of what my advisor style is, and whether it would fit with your needs. My graduate students are Anna Solecki (asolecki@uoguelph.ca), Brent Saylor (bsaylor@uoguelph.ca), Carolyn Trombley (ctromble@uoguelph.ca), Jenny Gleason (jgleason@uoguelph.ca), Marie-Eugenie Maggia (mmaggia@uoguelph.ca), and Simon Denomme-Brown (denommes@uoguelph.ca).

Why Choose Guelph?

The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities and our faculty attract more research dollars per capita than any other comprehensive university in Canada.

The Department of Integrative Biology resides within the College of Biological Sciences and is a diverse department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. It is home to 36 full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes: comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are able to pursue studies in all aspects of biology from genes to entire ecosystems, and tailor their program of study to their individual interests and background. The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology is recognized as one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship.

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.