Projet de maitrise avec bourse – Date limite pour soumettre sa candidature: 4 Octobre 2021

Communautés végétales et stockage de carbone dans les sols
en toundra arctique, Ile Bylot (Nunavut)

Un regard sur l’or brun arctique !

Les communautés végétales sont à l’origine du stockage de carbone dans les sols en transférant le carbone inorganique de l’atmosphère en carbone organique vers les horizons du sol mais également en interagissant avec les organismes décomposeurs ou encore en modifiant l’environnement édaphique. Ce projet s’intéressera ainsi à mieux comprendre comment les communautés végétales arctiques modulent la séquestration du carbone au sein des sols de toundra. Une cinquantaine de communautés végétales réparties le long de gradients de fertilité et d’humidité et d’un contraste de broutement sont suivies sur le site de l’ile Bylot (Nunavut) depuis 20 ans afin de répondre à cet objectif. L’approche sera centrée sur les traits fonctionnels des plantes vasculaires et de bryophytes, pour caractériser les communautés végétales et relier ces caractéristiques aux compartiments de matières organiques du sol.

Nous recherchons un(e) candidat(e) passionné(e) par l’écologie nordique et la biogéochimie des plantes et des sols. L’étudiant(e) travaillera au sein d’une équipe d’écologues des Universités du Québec à Trois-Rivières et de Montréal sous la co-supervision de François Guillemette (site web) et Vincent Maire (site web). Le travail se déroulera à la fois sur le terrain à un site isolé de l’Arctique où les conditions sont rigoureuses (l’île Bylot) et au laboratoire. Elle ou il sera basé(e) à l’UQTR et sera affilié(e) aux Centre d’Études Nordiques (site web) et au Centre RIVE (site web).

Une bourse de 17,000 $ par an (pendant deux ans) accompagne ce projet mais les candidats possédant déjà une bourse majeure (e.g. CRSNG, FQRNT) ou qui l’obtiendront durant la maitrise pourront recevoir d’autres bénéfices. L’étudiant(e) commencera à l’hiver ou l’été 2022.

Si cette offre vous intéresse, envoyer à Rive@uqtr.ca, d’ici le 4 Octobre 2021 : (1) votre CV, (2) un relevé de notes incluant les noms des cours (il peut être non-officiel), (3) une courte description de vos intérêts en recherche et votre plan de carrière, et (4) les noms et adresses courriel de 2 personnes aptes à fournir une évaluation de votre capacité à poursuivre une maitrise en recherche. La préférence sera donnée aux étudiants canadiens et résidents permanents.

PROJET DE DOCTORAT EN PALEOECOLOGIE ET ANATOMIE QUANTITATIVE DU BOIS – Anatomie des cernes de bois subfossiles pour étudier le climat de la région boréale du Québec


Nous recherchons un étudiant[e] pour un projet de doctorat sur la dynamique de la forêt boréale et la variabilité climatique régionale. Au cours de la dernière décennie, notre groupe de recherche a développé un important réseau de séries dendrochronologiques en échantillonnant des épinettes noires subfossiles (restes d’arbres bien conservés) dans des lacs de la forêt boréale du Québec. Ce réseau a été classé comme l’un des plus robustes au monde pour des études climatiques. Les chronologies résultantes couvrent deux millénaires et ont déjà permis des reconstitutions préliminaires des températures pour la région boréale du Québec, ainsi que des reconstitutions de l’historique des feux au niveau des peuplements. Jusqu’à présent, nos études étaient basées sur l’analyse de traits communément mesurés sur les cernes, tels que la largeur, la densité et les isotopes stables de la cellulose.

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Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research – Closing deadline: September 30, 2021 (EDT)

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC’s) Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) is seeking a Research Scientist to conduct original research on landscape ecology and its application to DUC’s conservation programs. As a research scientist with DUC, you will have the opportunity to help shape conservation programs for one of Canada’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. DUC conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • designing, conducting, supervising and facilitating research to advance DUC’s conservation mission in conjunction with conservation delivery staff, other IWWR researchers and external partners; this will include but not be limited to developing or improving planning tools used at regional to continental scales;
  • providing geospatial support to fellow staff and other research projects;
  • publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings to appropriate scientific forums and to DUC staff;
  • securing funds to help support research and conservation programs;
  • assisting with marketing strategies, fee-for-service, education and outreach;
  • supervising and developing skills of full-time and seasonal research staff, particularly in use of geospatial tools;
  • serving as an adjunct university professor and supervising graduate students;
  • participating in other professional activities (e.g., manuscript reviews, scientific consultation, professional society activities, grant reviews, etc.).

Requirements

  • PhD in Ecology or a closely related field with experience in landscape ecological modeling and spatial statistics;
  • Proven ability to design, conduct and publish scientific research is essential;
  • Must be a big picture thinker;
  • Strong quantitative skills essential;
  • Knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS is essential, while software such as eCognition, SAS, R, Excel is an asset;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both within a team and independently;
  • Leadership experience with solid organizational skills;
  • Adaptability to work on a variety of topics;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task;
  • Experience working on agricultural landscapes, waterfowl, wetlands or grasslands is an asset;
  • Fluency in both English and French is an asset.

The successful candidate will ideally have an affinity for the outdoors and a passion for conservation. This position will be based at our national headquarters located at Oak Hammock Marsh, near Stonewall, Manitoba.

How to Apply

Working for DUC is a career highlight for many staff.  Let us know if making a difference is important to you.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application through our online career center for confidential consideration.

Closing deadline: September 30, 2021 (EDT)

NCC Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship – PhD position: Habitat Management for Endangered Butterfly Recovery

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage.

Project summary

The objective of this project is to examine the effectiveness of disturbance-based prairie management activities (fire, grazing, mechanical brush control) in improving and maintaining habitat suitability and population recovery for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper in Manitoba. Fieldwork will involve visits to various sites for vegetation, soil, landscape feature, and skipper population surveys. Research may also include GIS/remote sensing and habitat distribution modelling. The student will work with Dr. Nicola Koper (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Richard Westwood (University of Winnipeg) and will be supported by NCC’s Weston Family Senior Scientist. The student will register in the PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Koper. This internationally renowned interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to prepare graduates for solving complex conservation and management problems in a changing world.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in May or September 2022 and consist of four years of support with a minimum $21,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

Fellowship requirements

A master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and interest in lepidopteran/insect ecology and prairie ecology/management. Expertise in GIS is an asset. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference may be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba (minimum B+ average; GPA above 3.5 on a 4.5 scale). A valid driver’s license is required.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/Pi9MvhWiRFi. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

Joint Faculty Position – Probationary (tenure-track) Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, Department of Biology

The Departments of Geography & Environment and Biology at The University of Western Ontario (Western) jointly invite applications for a full-time faculty position in the area of Global Environmental Change: Land Surface and Biosphere Modeling at the rank of Assistant Professor (Probationary Tenure-track), effective January 1, 2022, or as negotiated. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

We seek applicants whose research engages in earth surface environmental change in the ‘Anthropocene’ using the tools of land surface and earth system models and remote sensing to monitor, model and evaluate land cover change in relation to terrestrial biosphere, hydrosphere and biogeochemical systems. The ideal candidate will focus on ecosystem change, especially as it relates to vegetation dynamics and the global carbon cycle in response to climate change. The successful applicant will strengthen existing areas of research in both Departments and collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to address significant real-world problems.

The ideal candidate will be an emerging or established scholar who has, or is developing, a strong externally-funded program of research and who shows evidence of participation and leadership in international collaborative research projects. They will demonstrate excellent teaching effectiveness in ecosystem modelling and geospatial analysis that will contribute to the Physical Geography, GIScience and Global Change Biology groups of the two Departments at undergraduate and graduate levels. Their expertise is also expected to contribute to inter-faculty initiatives related to the study and teaching of climate change, environmental science, and sustainability that bridge the two departments.

Applicants for this probationary (tenure-track) appointment must: have completed a PhD degree in Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline; have post-doctoral and, ideally, faculty level experience; demonstrate excellence or potential for excellence in research through a record of internationally recognized publications in leading journals and have the ability or potential to develop and conduct innovative externally funded research; provide evidence of a strong record of teaching at the university level; and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The Department of Geography and Environment is a research-intensive department that defines four fields of research: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Science; Environment, Health and Development; and Urban Studies. These support doctoral- and masters-level graduate programs with an enrolment of approximately 75 graduate students. At the undergraduate level, we offer both BSc and BA degrees and a range of modules related to our research areas. The Department has identified urban environments as an overarching research theme and is a designated ESRI Canada Centre of Excellence.

Western’s Department of Biology is an exceptional environment for research and teaching, with over 40 faculty and over 100 thesis based graduate students. We have strong connections with our adjunct colleagues at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which has a large research campus in London. Among several recognized areas of research strength in the Department, we boast world-class expertise in various aspects of global change biology. Our Department is also home to a consortium of cutting edge research facilities including the Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre, a purpose-built facility that simulates natural environments at a range of scales.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

An application must include the following: (1) Application for Full-Time Faculty Position form; (2) Cover letter addressing how the candidate’s expertise fits this position and complements existing strengths in the two departments; (3) Curriculum Vitae; (4) Research Statement specifying plans for research at Western (up to 2 pages); (5) Teaching Statement summarizing teaching and mentoring experience, evidence of teaching effectiveness, areas of teaching expertise and plans for teaching and training at Western; and (6) names, institutional affiliations and contact information (including email addresses) for three academic referees. Applications should be emailed to:

James Voogt, Chair
Department of Geography Social Science Centre, Rm 2322
Western University 1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, N6A 5C2, Canada
E-mail: geog-applications@uwo.ca

Electronic submissions are preferred.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 7, 2021, or until position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Maggie Morris, mmorr53@uwo.ca.

Funded Graduate Position!

Are you interested in how temperature and environment have shaped how small mammals survive and thrive? Do you want to split your time between the jungles of Borneo and the beautiful temperate climate of Maine? If so join us!

The Levesque Lab at UMaine is looking for a graduate student to join us for a PhD on small mammal energetics in Borneo. The research will take place in Sarawak, Malaysia in close collaboration with researchers at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and will require extensive periods of fieldwork in the tropics. The student will also participate with outreach programs in collaboration with UMaine 4-H. For more details see here (https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2021/08/19/levesques-nsf-career-award-supports-study-ofsmall- mammal-thermoregulation-energy-use-in-changing-climate/).

Position: PhD in either Biology (https://sbe.umaine.edu/graduate/) or Ecology and Environmental Sciences (https://umaine.edu/ecologyandenvironmentalsciences/graduateprograms/) starting in January 2022.

Funding: The position is funded for 3 years of research assistantships (full-time including summer) and will be supplemented by teaching assistantships. Funding includes tuition and fees, partial health insurance and a stipend.

Qualifications:

• MS in biology, zoology, physiology, ecology, or other relevant disciplines.

• The project will involve extensive periods of time overseas therefore the willingness to move and spend months of the year in the field is critical.

• A strong interest in the physiology and ecology of mammals.

• Experience with respirometry or other ecophysiological techniques, small mammal trapping/handling, and/or international research experience would be a plus but are not essential. Students who have not had the opportunity to build these skills are encouraged to apply.

GRE scores not required! Non-traditional, first-generation, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and/or students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please send a CV and a 1pg cover letter outlining your background, interest in the position and how this opportunity will help you realize your future goals to danielle.l.levesque@maine.edu by Friday September 17th. Interviews will take place the week of September 20th.

M.SC. POSITION – AGROECOSYSTEM BIODIVERSITY

We are seeking an excellent M.Sc. student to study forage crop insect pest and predator management biodiversity along the Highway 16 corridor in central British Columbia. This project will be sponsored by the British Columbia Forage Council and the Climate and Agriculture Initiative BC and is pending a successful MITACS application. Assuming a successful MITACS application, thesis work must begin on 1 May 2022. There may also be an opportunity for an earlier non-degree research contract (January to April 2022) prior to beginning studies.

MITACS funding will provide a $20000/year stipend for the M.Sc. student, some research costs (others to be covered by existing operating funds), and research travel costs. The MITACS funding will also provide one undergraduate field and lab research assistant for the 2022 and the 2023 summers. In addition, the M.Sc. student will have the advantage of making connections in BC’s agricultural sector via interactions with our funding partners and their networks. The BC Forage Council will also assist the student in finding appropriate field sites for the study.

The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Dezene Huber (University of Northern British Columbia) and Dr. Jasmine Janes (Vancouver Island University) and will be enrolled in the graduate program in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia.

Outstanding applicants with a strong and demonstrable interest in insect ecology should send their CVs and a cover letter to huber@unbc.ca by 8 October 2021. Please feel free to contact Dr. Huber prior to submitting your CV and cover letter to discuss your interests as they relate to the project.

Graduate applications for May 2022 admission to UNBC are due by 15 December 2021. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon the MITACS application being successful. Please do not apply to the UNBC NRESI graduate program until you have spoken with us as only one applicant will be chosen for this graduate opening. This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Wildlife Coordination and Education Services, District of Squamish

The District is accepting proposals for the provision of the following Wildlife Coordination and Education Services:

  1. Prepare and maintain a bear hazard assessment of the community and surrounding areas.
  2. Prepare and maintain a human-bear conflict management plan which is designed to address conflicts identified in Deliverable 1 above.
  3. Revise planning and decision making documents to be consistent with bear-human conflict management plan.
  4. Implement a continuing education program directed at all sectors of the community which is consistent with the Bear Smart standard.
  5. Assist with the development and maintenance of a bear proof waste management system.
  6. Assist with the development and implementation of “Bear Smart” / Wildlife Attractant bylaws.
  7. Develop and prepare an annual report to council.
  8. Facilitate and chair wildlife working group meetings with stakeholders monthly from April 1 to October 31.
  9. Prepare a coordinated action plan twice a year with the District’s bylaw enforcement team.
  10. Provide other services in connection with the above as requested.
  11. Work closely with Bylaw Enforcement, Animal Control, Squamish Nation, Conservation Officer’s Service FLNRO and the RCMP. Assist DOS with ensuring Bear Smart community status is maintained.
  12. Work with DOS Communications Department to develop wildlife conflict prevention messaging and to highlight known conflict hot-spots as they are discovered.

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Postdoctoral Positions in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics, York University

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available starting Fall of 2021. Projects include:

1) Ecological genomics and pollinator health: Our group is leading a national initiative called BeeCSI (https://beecsi.ca/) to identify stressor specific biomarkers for use in pollination conservation. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in transcriptomics and interest in bee biology to participate in both wet-lab and bioinformatic components of this research.

2) Comparative population genomics of eusocial insects: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to study the relationship between genome evolution and social evolution using population genomic datasets on a large number of insects that vary in their social organization.

Starting Salary: $55,000 per year

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their CV to Amro Zayed (honeybee@yorku.ca).

In addition to the honey bee lab, York University is home to the Center for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Successful candidates will have a chance to interact with the diverse faculty, fellows and students at BEEc, and participate in BEEc activities and training initiatives.

PhD opportunity, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Are you passionate about wildlife, enjoy working outdoors, and would like to explore hypotheses concerning the evolution of social behaviour in a small promiscuous cooperatively breeding mammal? I am looking for graduate students to study questions related to mating systems, sociality, and the ecology of ground squirrels in southern Africa using a combination of behavioural, physiological and molecular techniques. The social systems of Cape ground squirrels are unique because males form amicable all-male groups that persist throughout the year and females live in family groups with cooperative breeding. Candidates who are excited to use an integrative approach to examine hypotheses that combine open-mindedness, creativity and versatility of skills are encouraged to apply. The project requires students to spend time at a field site in South Africa. Experience with laboratory techniques and fieldwork would be an advantage. More information can be found at https://sci.umanitoba.ca/biological-sciences/profiles/janewaterman/ and https://www.watermanlab.com/. Completion of an MSc degree is required. Interested applicants should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a preliminary statement of research interests to Dr Jane Waterman (jane.waterman@umanitoba.ca).