PhD Positions in Computational and Mathematical Population Ecology – Kim Cuddington (, Department of Biology.

We use large datasets, computational, statistical and mathematical approaches to answer questions about temperature for invasive species, species at risk and ecosystem engineers. Work that involves modelling or data analysis can be done while sheltering in place, and late entry to the program is still possible. Possible projects include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Creating mathematical models of the impacts of an engineering predator on its prey
  2. Incorporating autocorrelated temperature data and thermal response curves in structured population models of aquatic species at risk or invasive forest pests (e.g. Emerald Ash borer)
  3. Modelling microclimate conditions (under-bark, river, plant canopy) to calculate the autocorrelation and probability of extreme temperature thresholds
  4. Experimentally determining the effects of autocorrelated temperatures on thermal responses of insect invertebrates or fish

We provide four years of funding for students in a PhD program.

Please send an inquiry email providing an unofficial transcript, a brief statement of research interests in ecology, and contact information for three references (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). The application for graduate studies is here (, but please contact me directly regarding the deadlines.