Master of Science opportunity, Trent University – Conservation Value Assessment of the Boreal Forest

We are seeking an energetic, dedicated individual to conduct biogeographic research on the conservation value of the Boreal Forest biome in North America, one of the last of the world’s large intact forest biomes. The Boreal Forest biome is increasingly recognized for its globally unique biodiversity and ecological features and for the world-leading conservation plans being undertaken by Indigenous governments and communities who live within it. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary team helping to better understand and describe one of the world’s most unique and special biomes. 

The successful M.Sc. student will enrol in the interdisciplinary Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University.   The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. James Schaefer (Trent University) and Dr. Stephen Mayor (Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources & Forestry), in close collaboration with Dr. Jeff Wells (National Audubon Society). 

The goal of the project is to undertake conservation value accounting of the North American boreal forest — an evaluation the importance of this biome for various taxa, with a focus on mammals, trees, and insects.  Using GIS, the student will assemble digitized range maps to estimate the proportion of the total range of each species in the biome, then apply relative abundance measures to estimate the numbers of individuals for each species in the boreal.  The result will be a description of the conservation value and stewardship responsibility for each province and territory.   

Stipend: Approximately $19,477 per year for 2 years (which includes a Teaching Assistantship of $11,177 per year for 2 years) 

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed promptly, with the intent of filling this position January or May 2022. 

Email a letter describing your interests along with your curriculum vitae and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to Prof. James Schaefer, jschaefer@trentu.ca 

Graduate student positions in plant evolutionary ecology at the University of Guelph

I am looking for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in studying the effect of pollinator declines on floral evolution in native wildflowers.  

For more information on my lab, check out:

www.christinamariecaruso.com

Students will have considerable freedom to develop their projects, and could start in either Fall 2022 or Winter 2023.

Interested candidates should email me at carusoc@uoguelph.ca. Please include a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine). Because of funding restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Christina M. (Chris) Caruso
Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada

Dean, Faculty of Science, Carleton University

Ready for a New Challenge?

Carleton University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Science, with the appointment to be effective July 1, 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Faculty that prides itself on being a discovery and innovation leader. Carleton’s Faculty of Science is committed to student success and encourages a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. The Faculty of Science is actively developing new programs and initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to increasing the awareness and appreciation of science in society and to build connections between the fields of science and policy.

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Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

We are looking for several volunteer research assistants to collect long-term data and carry out experiments on a captive population of cooperatively breeding Damaraland mole-rats at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari Desert.

The aim of this project is to investigate the evolution of social behaviour in mammals. Our research examines the influence of genes, hormones, breeding and social factors on individual developmental, growth, behaviours and ageing.

What you can gain from this role?

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education or hold a management position in a research project. Successful applicants will gain experience in animal handling and the collection of observational and physiological data. There is also the opportunity to gain database skills (MySQL) and work on a personal analysis project. This project provides a unique opportunity to work at a vibrant, multinational field site which houses several other research projects. See https://kalahariresearchcentre.orgfor more details. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year)

Candidate requirements

Applicants should be available for a period of 6 to 12 months, with start date to be discussed during interview. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. A background in behavioural ecology is desired but not essential. Successful applicants will be responsible for data collection (behavioural observations, collection of biological samples), animal handling and be involved in conducting experiments.

If you are interested in this position, send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to molerat.volunteer@gmail.com. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype or Zoom interview.Deadline: 22th October 2021 (applications will be considered as they come in)

Postdoctoral researcher in Biodiversity Science

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow interested in community ecology, biogeography, macroecology or biodiversity science more broadly. The general theme would fit under developing and testing ecological and/or evolutionary principles that underly the structure of ecological communities and biodiversity. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and there are outstanding opportunities for collaborating with our large national and internationalnetworks. Montreal is a world centre of expertise in biodiversity science and the fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (https://qcbs.ca/). Montreal is a fantastic city for individuals and families with relatively low cost of living. Feel free to contact JP Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca) and Pedro Peres-Neto (pedro.peres-neto@concordia.ca) about the position. Information on how to apply can be found at:https://bit.ly/3adq7hp.

MSc position at MUN in the Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab

The Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (weel.gitlab.io) is recruiting an exceptional MSc student into a collaborative, inclusive research group. The project and position are fully funded. Nevertheless, students will be encouraged and supported to compete for internal and external funding; higher GPAs and a history of publications improves competitiveness. Preference is for a Summer-Fall 2022 start date and we will be accepting applications until November 1st, 2021. We encourage all interested students to apply; we value equity and diversity in science and work to create a safe lab environment where everyone can succeed.

Project: The aim of this research project is to examine plasticity of coat colour change in snowshoe hares in response to changing snow cover. The project will focus on yearly variation in moulting rates of individuals during changes in coat-colour mismatch.

System and team: The WEEL group is part of the Biology Department at Memorial University. We are a dynamic, collaborative, question-driven research group that aims to bridge fundamental and applied questions in evolutionary, behavioural, population, and wildlife ecology. The student will be co-supervised by Mike Peers (michaeljlpeers.com) a Banting post-doctoral Fellow in the WEEL group who studies ecological responses of animals to climate change.

Since 1976, hares have been monitored in the Kluane Lake region of Yukon, Canada (see Krebs et al. 2018, J Anim Ecol.) to understand the drivers of their population cycles. Since 2015, Mike and several colleagues have been intensively monitoring hares in the region using GPS collars equipped with accelerometers to understand their fine-scale behavior in response to climate change. The successful applicant will be free to pursue their own ideas within the themes mentioned above using the data collected at Kluane and collaborating with researchers involved. 

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PhD and MSc positions in Marine Molecular Ecology (University of Toronto)

The D’Aloia Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for PhD and/or MSc positions in marine molecular ecology. The positions will begin September 2022.

The central theme of our research program is understanding the patterns, causes, and consequences of dispersal and gene flow in the ocean. Current research topics include: (1) disentangling historical and contemporary factors that shape the distribution of genetic variation in natural populations; (2) understanding how kin structure emerges in marine populations; and (3) exploring the usefulness of genomic data to support sustainable fisheries and marine conservation efforts. Our group combines field work, genomics, and theory to pursue these topics. Most of our projects focus on small coral reef fishes, but we also have ongoing and planned projects on gastropods, echinoderms, and sponges. We have field sites in the Caribbean and Bay of Fundy and are also supportive of students who wish to explore freshwater projects in Ontario. For details about our ongoing research: click here.

Our lab is a good fit for students who are passionate about the application of genetics/genomics to answer fundamental ecological questions and/or to support conservation. Our lab is well-equipped for molecular benchwork and scientific diving. For PhD positions, there is latitude to co-develop projects, based on student interests.

To apply: Please send the following to Dr. Cassidy D’Aloia (cassidy.daloia@utoronto.ca) as a single PDF: (1) a brief letter outlining your research experiences and interests, and how they relate to our lab’s work; (2) a recent CV; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) contact information for 2 referees; and (5) a writing sample, if available (thesis, paper, or major project report). Applications received by Oct 31 will be given preference.

Pollination Ecology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, York University

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Pollination Ecology at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Biology and relevant postdoctoral experience is required, with a promise of excellence in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and specialize in pollination systems where bees are the principal pollinators. Candidates should have research expertise in pollination ecology that complements and is synergistic with those carried out by York University’s Centre for Bee, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation researchers (BEEc, https://www.yorku.ca/bees/). Research by BEEc currently spans bee taxonomy and systematics, behavioural ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics and conservation.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and externally funded research at the highest level. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international caliber as demonstrated in their research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades, and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching, and be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Candidates must show evidence of or the potential for superior teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, as demonstrated though a teaching statement, teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Amro Zayed, Chair of the Search Committee at biojobs@yorku.ca

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form/. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 19, 2021. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests a statement of how your research complements and synergizes with BEEc faculty, three reprints, and names and contact information for three referees should be sent to: Professor Amro Zayed, Chair of the Search Committee, Faculty of Science, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, biojobs@yorku.ca

Posting End Date: November 19, 2021

Position Information

Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream – Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Pollination Ecology

Home Faculty: Science

Home Department/Area/Division: Biology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

PROJET DE DOCTORAT – Conséquences à long-terme des épidémies de tordeuses de bourgeons de l’épinette sur la dynamique du carbone à l’échelle des peuplements

Aperçu du projet : Les perturbations naturelles majeures telles que feux de forêt et épidémies d’insectes ravageurs sont les déterminants majeurs de la dynamique du carbone en forêt boréale, et l’augmentation probable de leur fréquence et de leur sévérité à l’avenir constitue la plus grande incertitude quant à la capacité de ces forêts à jouer leur plein rôle dans l’atténuation des changements climatiques. Pour contribuer à réduire ces incertitudes, ce projet vise à étudier l’impact sur la dynamique du carbone du plus important insecte ravageur en forêt boréale résineuse de l’est du Canada, la tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette (TBE). Contrairement aux feux de forêt, la TBE ne cause pas d’émissions directes mais altère la future dynamique du carbone du peuplements en causant mortalités et pertes de croissance. Les conséquences pour le carbone stocké dans la végétation sont facilement inférables, mais peu d’études se sont intéressées aux répercussions de la mortalité générée par la TBE sur la dynamique du carbone organique dessols, et à quel point ces effets peuvent persister dans le temps. L’objectif est donc de répondre à ces questionnements en échantillonnant et comparant les stocks de carbone dans les sols et la végétation de peuplements attaqués par la TBE lors des dernières années, lors de l’épidémie précédente, et dans des témoins épargnés par l’épidémie.

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ÉTUDIANT(E)S À LA MAÎTRISE RECHERCHÉ(E)S – Trois projets de maîtrise sur la gestion du carbone forestier


Contexte et problématique : L’objectif de la Chaire UQAT-MFFP en gestion du carbone forestier est d’améliorer notre compréhension de la dynamique du carbone en forêts naturelles et aménagées afin de développer les connaissances et outils permettant au secteur forestier de jouer son rôle dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques tout en s’adaptant à ces derniers. À cette fin, nous recherchons 3 candidats potentiels à la maîtrise en écologie de l’UQAT qui se pencheront sur les 3 sujets suivants :


-Rôle des mousses et sphaignes dans l’atténuation de l’impact sur les sols et les racines de la réduction de la couverture neigeuse;
-Effets des procédés de récolte (arbre entier, tronc entier, bois tronçonné) sur la dynamique du carbone après coupe(régénération et matière organique des sols notamment);
-Impacts de la tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette sur la qualité des tiges et le cycle de vie des produits du bois.

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