Ph.D. or M.Sc. opportunity, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Dr. Jane Waterman is looking for graduate students to study questions related to the behaviour, ecology and physiology of African ground squirrels. This research focuses on testing hypotheses about the evolution of social behaviour using a combination of behavioral, physiological and molecular techniques, including access to our longterm database of trapping, genetic and behavioural data. Possible projects include the influence of parasites on survival and reproduction, male alloparental care and associated hormones, dispersal and a genomic perspective on adaptive behaviours. The social systems of this African species is unique because males form amicable all-male social groups that persist throughout the year and females live in kin groups with cooperative breeding. The project in Africa requires students to spend time at a field site in South Africa. Experience with laboratory techniques and field work would be an advantage. More information can be found at (https://www.watermanlab.com/). Completion of an MSc degree is preferred for the PhD, but students with a BSc degree and a strong academic record will also be considered. Interested applicants should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a biref statement of research interests to Dr. Jane Waterman (jane.waterman@umanitoba.ca). Starting date: Spring-Fall 2020.