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/

Projet de maîtrise: Impact historique du climat sur la défoliation de l’épinette noire par la 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.

L’épinette noire, une des espèces les plus abondantes et économiquement importantes de la forêt boréale, résiste relativement bien aux épidémies de TBÉ. Toutefois, des études ont montré qu’un réchauffement du climat, créant une plus grande synchronie entre l’émergence des bourgeons de l’épinette noire et des larves de TBÉ, augmenterait la susceptibilité de cette espèce pour les prochaines épidémies.

Objectifs et méthodologie

Ce projet vise à déterminer l’interaction entre le climat et la défoliation causée par la TBÉ sur la croissance des peuplements forestiers au 20e siècle à l’échelle du Québec. Nous utiliserons des bases de données dendrochronologiques (mesures des cernes de croissance des arbres) existantes pour l’épinette noire et les autres espèces affectées par la TBÉ, soit l’épinette blanche et le sapin baumier, afin de modéliser leur croissance en fonction du climat en présence ou absence d’une épidémie (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01905). Des modèles hiérarchiques permettront de combiner les séries dendrochronologiques à d’autres sources d’information sur les épidémies (ex. : relevés aériens depuis 1968) et produire des cartes plus précises de la progression historique de l’activité de la TBÉ. 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, dendrochronologie, 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 18 000 $ par année pour 2 ans.

Profil recherché: Baccalauréat en biologie, sciences de l’environnement, écologie ou foresterie avec un intérêt pour la modélisation, les SIG et les statistiques OU baccalauréat 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 maîtrise 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/

PhD/MSc on the assembly of ecological networks along abiotic gradients (Montreal: Canada). Application deadline: February 1st, 2020.

Our lab is looking for graduate students to work on the assembly of ecological networks along environmental gradients (http://jeanphilippelessard.com/). We aim to use newly developed theoretical and analytical models using functional traits to infer ecological processes underlying the structure of interaction networks. We further aim to assess how the relative influence of such processes shaping resource-consumer networks vary along broad-scale environmental gradients. The selected students will have the freedom to develop her/his own project under this topic, and will have the opportunity to use existing empirical datasets and generate new ones. Our lab is currently working on hostparasite interactions in dragonflies along temperature gradients, plant-root microbe interactions in alpine ecosystems and plant-frugivore interactions at the global scale.

Potential applicants interested in these projects should have a good knowledge of network and trait-based ecology concepts and methods, strong analytical skills in R or other programing language, and the ability to handle large datasets. Prior experience conducting fieldwork and/or is an important asset for projects requiring new data acquisition. Prior knowledge of plants and/or insects and/or microbes is an asset.

Expected starting date is August 2020, but could be as early as May 2020. The position includes funding for stipend and research activities, but students that are competitive for external funding will have priority. Concordia University also offers entrance fellowship for students with strong academic and/or research experience record. Funded positions involve some teaching in the Department of Biology at Concordia University. Selected applicant(s) is/are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings. Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a must.

Applicants should email Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca). This email should include: (i) 3-4 paragraphs describing research interests, relevant past experiences, and fit for the position (ii) an updated CV, and (iii) all unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. Complete applications must be received by the school of graduate studies (http://www.concordia.ca/admissions/graduate.html) by February 1st, 2020. Applicants from minorities and/or Latin countries are encouraged to apply.

Développement d’un programme de reproduction en captivité et de réintroduction de la rainette faux grillon de l’Ouest

A travers une collaboration universitaire, gouvernementale et publique, nous avons la possibilité d’une poste  d’étudiant (PhD ou MSc; uOttawa). La rainette faux grillon est en péril dans certains regions, donc nous avons besoin de developer un programme de conservation de cet espèce.  Les étudiants seront co-supervisés par Vance Trudeau (Université d’Ottawa; reproduction) et Marc Mazerolle (Université Laval; réintroduction). Le projet se concentrera sur la reproduction de la rainette faux grillon en élevage en captivité. Nous recherchons des étudiants chercheurs dynaniques et indépendants disposant de toute une gamme de talents et expertises pour saisir cette opportunité de recherche unique. Une volonté de travailer avec les partenaires gouvernementaux et les ONG est un avantage.  Le financement est en place et les postes sont disponibles immédiatement. S’il vous plaît envoyer votre manifestation d’intérêt (maximum 1 page en français ou anglais), accompagnée de votre CV, un relevé de notes universitaires non officielle et des noms de 3 arbitres potentiels aussitôt que possible à Vance Trudeau (trudeauv@uottawa.ca).

Graduate student positions in evolutionary ecology: wildfire and amphibian range limits

The Lee-Yaw lab at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada is looking to recruit 1-2 graduate students to work on the evolutionary ecology of range limits.

Current, priority projects in the lab are focused on the long-toed salamander and include:

1) Wildfire effects on genetic diversity and population connectivity

The frequency and severity of wildfires are increasing around the world, making it imperative to understand the effects of these events on wildlife populations and species of conservation concern in particular. In collaboration with Parks Canada, the Lee-Yaw lab is investigating the effects of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire on long-toed salamanders in Waterton Lakes National Park. Long-toed salamanders occur at the edge of their range in Alberta where they are considered a species of Special Concern. The Kenow Wildfire was a severe disturbance event affecting >40% of vegetated areas in the park including many of the breeding ponds used by this species. Taking advantage of pre- and post-fire samples from across the park, we will assess changes in genetic diversity and patterns of gene flow in response to the fire. This work includes opportunities for fieldwork in the stunning setting of Waterton Lakes National Park and surrounding areas of the Rocky Mountains. The project will involve molecular lab work and modelling landscape connectivity with GIS data. This project is best-suited for an MSc student, although could be extended to a PhD.  Applicants should have a background or coursework in evolution, population biology, and/or ecology. Molecular lab experience is a strong assets, as is field experience, familiarity with R, and/or experience working with GIS datasets.

For more information on this project, visit:  https://julleeyaw.weebly.com/wildfire-project.html

2) Genomic perspectives on range limits

I am seeking a motivated PhD student to collect and analyze genomic data (ddRADseq and/or transcriptome data) for the long-toed salamander. This species is found throughout the Pacific Northwest and is comprised of several, genetically distinct subspecies. The boundaries between subspecies afford an opportunity to study parapatric range limits involving hybridization while the species’ eastern range limits in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains represent an opportunity to study limits to adaptation and range limits along elevational gradients. Tissue samples from across the species’ range are available. A number of dissertation projects involving these samples are possible, including testing genetic explanations for range limits, examining hybrid zone dynamics and cytonuclear interactions, and testing biogeographic hypotheses of historical range dynamics. Prior experience in the molecular lab is essential and priority will be given to candidates who have experience with next-generation sequencing (library preparation and SNP calling). Protocol optimization and bioinformatics will be done in collaboration with other labs and may involve opportunities to travel. There is scope to pair the genomic data with other types of data (field or lab experiments, or GIS modelling) depending on the student’s interests and progress.

Other projects within the scope of my research program may be considered depending on funding.

General inquiries should be sent to Julie Lee-Yaw (julie.leeyaw@uleth.ca). Applications should be sent by December 20. Please use the subject line “Graduate Studies” and include 1) a brief statement of research interests, 2) relevant experience, 3) a current CV, 4) unofficial copies of academic transcripts, and 5) intended start data and whether you are seeking a MSc or PhD. U of L deadlines for applying to graduate school are February 1 (for a May start date) and May 1 (for fall start). All students are encouraged to apply for external funding.

The Lee-Yaw lab is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Additional Information:

Lee-Yaw Lab: https://julleeyaw.weebly.com/

U of L Biological Sciences: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/biological-sciences

U of L Graduate Studies: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/

Graduate student positions, University of Toronto Scarborough

The Wang lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough is looking for graduate students interested in genomics and symbiosis between microbial fungi and insects to start in Fall 2020. Interested applicants should apply through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at University of Toronto (deadline Jan. 7th, 2020).

Major efforts in the lab include: 1) assembling high-quality fungal genomes using long-read sequencing data, 2) developing phylogenomic markers for molecular systematics of early-diverging fungi, 3) investigating population genomic structure of insect-associated fungi, and 4) examining experimental evolution and gene expression preference of insect gut-dwelling fungi. We use combined approaches in field collection, host-microbe interactions, and bioinformatics. For additional information on our research activities, please check our recent papers at http://individual.utoronto.ca/yanwang/publications.html. The Wang lab is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have research interests and relevant experience in either Mycology, Entomology, or Bioinformatics. A Master of Science degree is generally eligible for entrance into our Ph.D. program. A bachelor’s degree in either Biology or Science is required before Fall 2020 for the M.Sc. or direct-entry Ph.D. programs. Those with experience of phylogenomics, comparative transcriptomics, gene editing, or molecular biology are highly encouraged. More details can be found at http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/grad/prosp.htm.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Yan Wang at yanxw.wang@utoronto.ca. Please include your most recent CV and a brief research statement (less than 1 page) summarizing your research interests and experience. Further information can also be found at http://individual.utoronto.ca/yanwang/contact.html.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Graduate student positions in plant evolutionary ecology at the University of Guelph

I am looking for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in studying the effect of pollinator declines on floral evolution in native wildflowers.

For more information on my lab, check out:

www.christinamariecaruso.com

Students will have considerable freedom to develop their projects, and could start in either Fall 2020 or Winter 2021.

Interested candidates should email me at carusoc@uoguelph.ca. Please include a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine). Because of funding restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Christina M. (Chris) Caruso
Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada

Ph.D. position in cognitive ecology in the Dukas’ lab

We are looking for prospective PhD students who are interested in conducting research on the evolutionary biology and genomics of individual and social cognition. Students may choose to develop their own direction or get involved in one of our ongoing projects, which include social cognition and behavior, sexual conflict, expertise and perseverance. Currently, the lab has four graduate students and a dozen senior undergraduate students.

We are part of a large and highly interactive inter-departmental animal behaviour and evolutionary biology group consisting of about 24 faculty, several postdocs and 50 graduate students. We offer generous financial support and superb research infrastructure.

Prospective candidates are invited to read relevant material on our web site (http://psych.mcmaster.ca/dukas/) and then contact us via email (dukas@mcmaster.ca). We will give priority to prospective students with relevant research experience and high marks in pertinent course work.

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, a culturally diverse city of 500,000 people, located less than an hour from Toronto. Hamilton offers a great quality of life and is experiencing a post-industrial revival. Resources include easy access to natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the Niagara Escarpment, an expanding network of bike paths, seasonal climate, and a burgeoning food and nightlife scene.

MSc/PhD positions on the biogeography of plasticity and social organization in Nearctic and Neotropical ants

We are recruiting one or more MSc/PhD students to work on several projects related to
the geography of social organization in ants. The projects aim to understand how
broad-scale variation in the biotic and abiotic environment affects the social
organization and functional trait diversity within ant colonies and between populations.
These projects could involve fieldwork in the Tropical Rainforest and Andean
Mountains of Ecuador and Colombia in collaboration with the labs of Drs. David A.
Donoso (Ecuador) and Inge Armbrecht (Colombia). There are possibilities of
expanding this work in the USA in collaboration with labs in Indiana and Vermont.
Work associated with these projects will involve raising ant colonies in the laboratory,
extensive fieldwork and analyses of large databases on ant functional traits and social
structure.

Potential applicants interested in these projects should meet one or several of the
following criteria: previous experience (1) conducting field work in tropical
ecosystems or remote areas (for up to 4 months), (2) raising ants or other insects in
laboratory conditions, (3) performing manipulative field experiments, (4) performing
statistical analyses in R and (5) being very excited about studying ants! Selected
student(s) will spend long hours doing field work in difficult and isolated condition,
performing taxonomic identification of arthropods, and counting and measuring ants
under the microscope. The ability to speak French and/or Spanish is a good asset, but
not obligatory. Potential candidates(s) must possess a valid driver license.

Expected starting date is August 2020, but could be as early as May 2020. The
positions include funding for stipend and research activities, but students that are
competitive for external funding will have priority. Concordia University also offers
entrance fellowship for students with strong academic and/or research experience
record. Funded positions involve some teaching in the Department of Biology at
Concordia University. Selected applicant(s) is/are expected to apply for external
funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish
results in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in national and international
meetings. Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a must.

Applicants should email Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca). This
email should include: (i) 3-4 paragraphs describing research interests, relevant past
experiences, and fit for the position (ii) an updated CV, and (iii) all unofficial
transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. Complete applications must
be received by the school of graduate studies
(http://www.concordia.ca/admissions/graduate.html) by February 1st, 2020. Applicants
from minorities and/or Latin countries are encouraged to apply.