PhD POSITION: AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting a graduate student at the PhD level to investigate how physical environmental conditions affect the success and impact of zebra mussel invasions. This is a fully funded position for four years.

The zebra mussel has recently invaded a southern Quebec lake, Lac Memphrémagog (100 km southeast of Montreal) and threatens to spread to other lakes in the region. These lakes vary in water chemistry and other limnological conditions that likely mediate the maximum abundance, distribution, and impact of the zebra mussel. We are looking for a student to investigate these relationships by conducting lab experiments, field studies, and empirical modelling. Another major focus will be to investigate the effects of an expanding mussel population on invertebrate diversity and food webs in these lakes.

McGill has a field station on Lac Memphrémagog. Our students are members of an interuniversity research centre in Quebec (GRIL) and interact with limnologists and ecologists in the Biology Department at McGill, as well as national and international collaborators that have expertise in invasion ecology. Our students also have the opportunity to take a unique summer NSERC training program in lake and fluvial ecology (https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=4180) and a graduate-level course on invasion ecology at McGill.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Dec 2018, and have independent research experience and field training in freshwater or marine ecology. Owing to funding requirements, we are directing this ad to Canadians (or permanent residents in Canada); however exceptional international candidates will also be considered, if they are deemed likely to qualify for a scholarship. Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html). The preferred start date is January 2019, but a later start date to begin field work before July 2019 might be possible.

Strong candidates should apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is September 10, or until a candidate is chosen. Applicants should provide:

  • An up-to-date c.v.
  • University Transcript(s) (e.g. a scanned copy)
  • Names and contact information of at least two referees,
  • A short (~1 page, single spaced) statement of research interests and relevant experience.

Send your application, as a single combined pdf if possible, to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). The student we select must apply to the Biology department by October 15 for admission into the graduate program in January 2019.