POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION ON ECOSYSTEM MODELLING AND ALLEE EFFECTS

Salary = $45,000 per annum for 18 months

DESCRIPTION

We seek a post-doctoral researcher with some modelling and, preferably also, programming experience to work with projects related to aquatic food web dynamics. The post-doc will work as part of a Finnish-Canadian team working on the Gulf of St Lawrence (GoStL) ecosystem. The objective is to parameterize an allometric trophic network (ATN) model to the study system dynamics and account also for abiotic drivers.

The key research question is to explore under which conditions predator-driven Allee effects may occur and prevent species recovery. This will be investigated through analyses of the complex dynamics of the GoStL ecosystem, coupled with abiotic influences. Results derived through the analyses of the empirical GoStL system will be further generalized by systematic analyses of randomly generated marine food webs.

The main task of the post-doc is to compile data on the GoStL food web and associated abiotic time series and then parameterize the ATN model and analyse its dynamics. The research team will provide support for the use and development of the models. To establish efficient collaboration with the team, the post-doc should visit the Finland-based team twice during the project.

KEY RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

Dr Doug Swain (Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Université de Moncton, Canada): empirical work on GoStL key species
Dr Tommi Perälä (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): main ATN model developer
Prof Anna Kuparinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Dalhousie University, Canada): team leader, ATN modeller
Prof Jeffrey Hutchings (Dalhousie University, Canada): specialist on Allee effects and fish life histories

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anna Kuparinen, University of Jyväskylä (anna.k.kuparinen@jyu.fi)
or
Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University (jhutch@dal.ca)