M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions: Modelling, data science, and disease ecology –  Memorial University

I invite applicants for M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions in Biology or Computational Science. Applicants with experience or an interest in modelling, data science, optimization, stochastic processes, epidemiology, public health, and biostatistics are encouraged to apply. A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available for conference travel.

Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford (ahurford@mun.ca). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before December 15, 2020.

Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com).

MSc/PhD position on the phylogenetic scaling of specialization. Application deadline: January 1st, 2021.

Trophic interactions are omnipresent in nature and a central element of ecological community structure. Whether species in a community interact with one or many partners in another trophic level is not only a fundamental question in ecology, it has implications for disease transmission, biodiversity collapse and ecosystem functioning. Yet, the degree of specialization occurring in trophic networks remains challenging to quantify.

We invite applications from prospective MSc or PhD students interested in the development of theories and methodologies relating to ecological specialization. The selected student will work in collaboration with the Lessard Lab (Concordia University) and Kembel Lab (UQAM) in Montreal, Canada, to develop new metrics and statistical tools enabling the quantification of ecological specialization across phylogenetic scales.  The project can take a theoretical, methodological and/or empirical direction depending on the student’ skill set and interests.

Prior experience working on trophic interactions in a community or network context is a plus, but not a must. Students should however be familiar with a programming language such as R and have a keen interest for ecological statistics and computational biology. There will be opportunities for selected students to learn new statistical skills through courses offered at Concordia University and at the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Sciences, as well as through interactions with Kembel and Lessard’s Labs.

Interested candidate should send (1) an updated CV, (2) university transcripts and (3) a letter of interest. The letter of interest should state both how the proposed MSc/PhD topic fits within the research interest and career goals of the candidate, and how the research expertise of Lessard and Kembel’s Labs would help reach such goals. The application package, and any inquiry regarding the position, should be sent in a single PDF document to jp.lessard@concordia.ca and kembel.steven_w@uqam.ca by January 1st, 2021. Selected candidates will submit their applications to Concordia graduate admission office by February 1st, 2021. Starting date would be either May or September 2021.

Graduate Positions in Invasion Ecology

Peter M. Kotanen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga

I am looking for new Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to start work in 2021. My lab studies the ecology of plant invasions. Recent work has centred on the effects of herbivores and pathogens on non-native species here in Ontario, and whether damage depends on latitude, isolation, and other factors. As well, I’m particularly interested in recruiting students for a new project on the edge of Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba, studying factors determining the extreme northern range limits of invaders. Information on our research can be found at my home page: www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota.

We are a thriving department at a leading research institution, with excellent resources and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. All graduate students are guaranteed a stable minimum income, currently $30,000 from a variety of sources, which provides for tuition (ca. $9000) and living expenses ($21,000). Additional support is available for research and conference travel. Information on application procedures and our tri-campus graduate program can be found at our grad student website, http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/grad.htm. Applications will open on November 1, with a deadline of January 8, but interested students should first contact me via e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca.

Some recent publications:
1) K.F. Abraham, C.M. Sharp, & P.M. Kotanen (2020) Habitat change at a multi-species goose breeding area, East Bay, Southampton Island, Nunavut, 1979 to 2010. Arctic Science 6: 95-113.
2) Nunes K.A., C.R. Fitzpatrick, & P.M. Kotanen (2019) Soil biota composition and the performance of a noxious weed across its invaded range. Ecography 42: 1671-1681.
3) Verbeek, J.D. & P.M. Kotanen (2019) Soil-mediated impacts of an invasive thistle inhibit the recruitment of certain native plants. Oecologia 190: 619-628.
4) Nunes & Kotanen (2018) Does local isolation allow an invasive thistle to escape enemy pressure? Oecologia 188: 139-147.
5) Anstett, Nunes, Baskett, & Kotanen (2016) Sources of controversy surrounding latitudinal patterns in herbivory and defence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10: 789-802.
6) Kambo, D. & P.M. Kotanen (2014) Latitudinal trends in herbivory and performance of an invasive species, common burdock (Arctium minus). Biological Invasions 16: 101-112.


Description: Join an amazing interdisciplinary team at the world renowned Experimental Lakes Area (https://www.iisd.org/ela/) for a unique opportunity to study the effects of microplastics on freshwater biofilm community structure and functions. Investigate changes in benthic environment, including microbial community composition, decomposition rates, periphytic primary production, and community metabolism that result from microplastic additions. Collaborate with a creative group of ecologists, limnologists, chemists, ecotoxicologists, and mathematicians. More about the larger pELAstics project here (https://rochmanlab.com/the-pelastic-project/).

Details: You will join the Wetland Ecology research lab of Dr. Rebecca Rooney at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Biology (https://uwaterloo.ca/rooney-lab/) and receive a minimum stipend of $25,000/y (https://uwaterloo.ca/biology/graduate-studies). You will begin in September 2021 or sooner.

Requirements: Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills; BSc. or MSc. in Biology, Env. Science or related field; experience or interest in carbon and oxygen flux measurements, field ecology, aquatic ecology, molecular ecology; bioinformatics, algae and microbial communities; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Domestic (Canadian) students are given priority consideration due to grant funding.

Instructions: Email rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, Subject: Microplastics 2021; 1) cover letter stating your research interests and how they align with the Rooney Lab’s research program and your reasons for pursuing a grad degree; 2) a short CV noting your cumulative average and your average for the last 2 y of your last degree; 3) unofficial university transcripts; and 4) contact info for 3 references.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Position open until filled.


A graduate research position (MSc or PhD) is available in Dr. Lien Luong’s research group (https://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/luong/) at the University of Alberta starting September 2021. Project background: Exposure to parasites can lead to changes in host behavior, morphology, or physiology, even in the absence of infection. These non-consumptive effects (NCE) can be understood in the context of the “ecology of fear”. Potential projects include, but are not limited to investigating the: 1) state-dependent nature of NCE, 2) trait-mediated NCE, 3) NCE of parasites on host metabolism, and 3) evolutionary consequences of NCE. Successful applicants will investigate these questions using a fruit fly-mite system, applying concepts and techniques from behavioral ecology, physiological ecology, and/or experimental evolution. For more information: https://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/luong/. To learn more, please send a brief statement of your research experience/interest and a copy of your curriculum vitae to lluong@ualberta.ca. Application deadline is February 1, 2021

OFFRE DE DOCTORAT EN ÉCOHYDROLOGIE. Date limite pour postuler: 27 novembre 2020.

Description du projet : Face aux changements climatiques, la biodiversité a été mise de l’avant comme stratégie d’adaptation et de réduction du risque en milieu forestier. Or, on connaît peu les effets de la biodiversité sur l’hydrologie forestière. Ce projet de doctorat vise à mieux comprendre les conséquences d’implanter des mesures d’aménagement favorisant la biodiversité sur le bilan hydrique forestier. Cette information est particulièrement importante étant donné le risque accru de sécheresse auquel font face les forêts.

L’étudiant mènera des travaux de terrain pour mesurer la transpiration des arbres et l’interception des précipitations au sein de parcelles expérimentales du réseau IDENT. Les connaissances acquises sur le terrain seront ensuite intégrées au sein d’un modèle hydrologique.

L’étudiant se joindra au laboratoire d’écohydrologie de la professeure Audrey Maheu à l’Institut des sciences de la forêt (ISFORT) de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). L’étudiant rejoindra une équipe dynamique et multidisciplinaire qui effectue des travaux de recherche afin de mieux comprendre le fonctionnement des écosystèmes tempérés. L’étudiant sera également membre du Centre d’étude de la forêt.

Date de début : automne 2021

Financement : Bourse de 21 000 $/an pour trois ans. Un financement est également disponible pour participer à des conférences et des activités de formation.

Supervision : Ce projet est supervisé par Audrey Maheu (UQO) et cosupervisé par Christian Messier (UQO-UQAM).

Milieu de travail : Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée, Ripon, Québec, Canada.

Profil recherché :

  • Maîtrise en hydrologie, foresterie, biologie végétale ou autre domaine pertinent en sciences de l’environnement
  • Expérience dans la collecte de données sur le terrain
  • Aptitude à la rédaction scientifique
  • Aptitude au travail en équipe

Pour postuler : Les candidats intéressés doivent soumettre à audrey.maheu@uqo.ca une lettre de présentation, un CV, les relevés de notes ainsi que le nom de deux références d’ici le 27 novembre 2020.

I’m looking for new graduate students to start in 2021!

We are seeking a graduate student (either MSc or PhD) to conduct research in limnology at the University of Regina. The position(s) will be held in the Finlay lab, and working closely with the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina. IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences and houses state-of-the-art equipment for a range of water quality analyses(see www.IECS-uregina.ca).

Potential projects include:

Carbon and sulfur cycling in small ponds: Small ponds located in the northern Great Plains are highly active sites for sulfur and carbon cycling (in addition to other elements), with profound implications on the structure and functioning of these ecosystems.  We seek to understand how natural and anthropogenic factors influence elemental cycling, and the (literal and figurative) downstream impacts on aquatic ecosystem health and service provisioning. This work builds on previous research on greenhouse gases in southern Saskatchewan (Webb et al 2019 Biogeosciences. 16: 4211; Webb et al 2019 PNAS 116: 9814)

​Citizen Science for recreational water use: We are expanding a citizen science program in Saskatchewan in collaboration with government and non-governmental partners. The student will be involved in advancing affordable and reliable techniques to monitor recreational water quality. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary research and working closely with groups outside of academia, as well as advanced analytical techniques for the translation of water quality data.

The successful graduate student will have experience in aquatic sampling and knowledge of aquatic biogeochemistry and water quality. The candidate should be comfortable with travel in rural environments and working on the water. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to publish their research in leading journals and present at conferences.  Funding is min. $21,000 (CAD) per year for the graduate position. Travel for field work and conferences will be covered.

Interested individuals should provide unofficial transcripts, CVs, a letter outlining relevant background and interest in the research and team at the U of R, and contact information for at least two references to Kerri Finlay (kerri.finlay@uregina.ca). Feel free to email for more information!

PhD Position at UBC Okanagan in Microbial Ecology

Start date: Spring/Summer 2021

Location: UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC

Funding: Minimum $21 000/year for 4 years

The Hart lab at UBC Okanagan has two PhD studentships  starting Spring/Summer 2021.

Position 1: Ecological consequences of invasive microbes in natural and applied systems.

Position 2:  Creating suppressive soils in vineyards through cover crops

The projects will involve both lab and field components. The projects have global scope, so  the student will interact with a wide range of collaborators both at UBC and around the world. There will be many opportunities for collaborations with other universities, industry and also Agriculture Canada. For more information the group please see www.mirandahart.ca

Information on qualifications for admission to the UBC Okanagan graduate program can be found htt p://biol.ok.ubc.ca/graduate/biology.html  and http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=18,285,1005,0

Ideal candidates will have background in ecology and basic molecular biology.  The Interested individuals can contact miranda.hart@ubc.ca.