M.Sc. project in PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (Forest edges)

I am looking for an accomplished and motivated M.Sc. student to study vegetation structure at forest edges. The project would begin in 2023 in the Masters in Applied Science program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Possible study sites for field work in 2024 include Nova Scotia (e.g., Kejimkujik National Park or Cape Breton) or Brazil (in the Atlantic Forest near Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo). Possible research topics include (but are not limited to): development of forest edges next to regenerating pasture in Brazil, patterns of structural diversity across heterogeneous landscapes, global synthesis of edge influence on vegetation. Methods could include field data collection, spatial pattern analysis, meta-analysis, LiDAR or drone imagery. Results could be linked to conservation, climate change or species at risk.

If you are interested in research on the edge, please contact: Karen Harper, Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary’s University, Karen.Harper@smu.ca

Forest Edge Research Network (FERN), http://karenaharper.com

Associate or Full Professor and Chair in Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

College: College of Biological Science

Department: Integrative Biology

Date Posted: August 12, 2022

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Please reference AD #22-63

Position Description

The College of Biological Science invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Integrative Biology. The Department of Integrative Biology is in the College of Biological Science, a vibrant and exciting center for discovery-based research that regularly brings in funding in excess of $20M per annum. As Chair, you will guide/lead a department of nearly 800 undergraduate students, nearly 150 graduate students, 37 faculty members, and 14 departmental staff. The department boasts of three primary research pillars: ecology, evolution, and physiology, and is responsible for highly successful majors in: Biodiversity, Ecology, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and Zoology. The department also contributes extensively to the Biological Science major and a wide range of programs across campus and is set to participate in the new One Health program. The Department also has research and graduate programs at the MSc and PhD levels, and is developing a course-based Master’s program in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Welfare, a doctoral program in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and is involved in interdepartmental programs. The department has oversight of specialized research and educational facilities such as the Centre for Ecosystem Management, Hagen Aqualab, and Wild Ontario.

The Chair is responsible for the strategic leadership and efficient and inclusive collegial operation of the Department. They will provide leadership for initiatives identified by the faculty members and support individuals in the fulfillment of their assigned responsibilities. One specific initiative is to foster equity, diversity and inclusion within the department. The Chair also supports the implementation of College of Biological Science initiatives and programs, within the department. The Chair, through consultation with members of the Department, is responsible for enhancing academic programs, increasing contributions to knowledge, and promoting the Department externally. The appointment will be for a five-year term, with a possibility of renewal for another five years.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in ecological, evolutionary, or physiological biology, or other relevant discipline and with a CV commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member in the department at the Associate or Full Professor rank. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated success in teaching and research, and will be committed to advancing the Department’s academic and research enterprises. They will provide leadership and work for the success of the Department using an effective and consultative management style and uphold the Department’s high standards for excellence. They will have a record of effective involvement in service and decision-making. Effective organizational and staff management skills are important qualities. The Chair is part of the College’s senior management team, along with the Chairs of the other departments, the Associate Deans, and others. The Chair will work closely with the Dean and Associate Deans in advancing the strategic priorities of the College and University. Additional information can be found in the associated position profile.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted electronically to arrive by noon on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Applications should include: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of your vision for the Department’s teaching and research (up to 2 pages), (3) a statement on EDI principles (up to 1 page), (4) a cover letter indicating how the applicant meets some or all of the criteria in the attached position profile (up to 2 pages) along with the names of three referees, and a statement of interest in the position.

Please submit the application package by email to:

Dr. Mazyar Fallah
Dean
College of Biological Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email:mfallah@uoguelph.ca 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph campus resides on the land and territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit within the Between the Lakes Purchase, Treaty 3. We also recognize that the unique relationships between the Anishinnabe and Hodinöhsö:ni’ peoples, this land and each other have existed long before colonialism and continue to this day. We acknowledge that these relationships with the land highlight our responsibility as an institution to work towards eliminating the colonial power structures that result in systemic inequity for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. To begin this work, we must not only be willing to listen and reflect, but also change to ensure decisions made today at all levels of the university reflect Indigenous voices and the “Calls to Action” set forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our College.

If you have a medical condition that requires accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

Position Profile – Chair and Faculty Member – Integrative Biology

While the committee recognizes that it is unlikely that candidates considering this position will have all the aptitudes indicated below, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate many of these:

QUALITIES & EXPERIENCES

  • Have a strong research record, including an established, successful, graduate training and mentorship program and external recognition, commensurate with a tenured faculty member.
  • Be an educator with a strong commitment to and demonstrated experience for learner-centered pedagogy and curricular excellence.
  • Have a collegial, consultative approach, but also be capable of making difficult decisions, including times when right decisions do not align with personal preferences.
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism in personal interactions with a particular focus on inclusive and respectful communication, that guides and motivates colleagues to uphold the same standards.
  • Have had experience and involvement in service, preferably in leadership roles.
  • Embrace transparency: open to explaining the process behind their decisions and the information used to make decisions.
  • Commit to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including but not limited to:
    • Looks to the voices of others who have lived experiences and actively seeks to make changes to the necessary policies and practices.
    • Recognizes that valuable insights are gained from suggestions offered by people with lived experience. Set metrics for inclusion and track progress.
    • Takes EDI into consideration in advocating for opportunities and allocating resources.
    • Advancing the initiatives of the Indigenous Belonging committee.

ACTIVITIES

  • Be an effective advocate of the Department’s aspirations within the broader context of the College, notably by making positive and/or constructive contributions at Dean’s Council.
  • Overall management oversight including the ability to work with the administrative team and to manage a large team of staff effectively, in adherence to financial and human resources policies and processes.
  • Oversee the development of a vision for the future of the Department and work with the college and departmental teams to take actions towards the vision.
  • Representing the department and college on campus committees as required.
  • Be an advocate for, and provide mentorship to, staff, pre-tenure faculty, tenured faculty and students, as appropriate.
  • Be able to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively.
  • Oversee and support a staff team with a variety of different roles, from administrative to teaching and research support.
  • Provides leadership and direction to teams within the department.
  • Develops and implements the unit’s teaching schedule.
  • Reviews requests and determines service assignments within the department.
  • Chairs the departmental tenure and promotion committee.

SKILLS

  • Ability to prioritize and respond to acute situations in a timely manner and mediate conflicting interests.
  • Be able to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively.
  • Have a vision and ability to shape and support the college’s strategic plan and develop the department’s strategic plan.
  • Significant experience and involvement in service.
  • Excellent time management skills, highly organized and diligent, clear and inclusive oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to delegate, motivate, and provide opportunities for others.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to and sucess in advancing principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all activities and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of financial and human resources processes and the ability to work with college advisors as appropriate in financial and human resources planning.

Dr. Wendy Gardner at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position, with an intended start date of January 2023

The upcoming MSc project is a working partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to carry out a research project on the effect of composting on invasive plant propagules (seeds, stems, roots, rhizomes, etc.). Invasive plant propagules present in soils are a significant threat to environmentally sensitive areas and infrastructure if these materials are used in road construction, reclamation, and other projects. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify locations for disposal of invasive plants and invasive plant-contaminated material and, if and when found, also comes with a significant cost. However, if material could be composted to the point where it is determined to no longer contain viable plant propagules, disposal costs would be greatly reduced or even eliminated as the material could potentially be used for reclamation rather than discarded as surplus material. The goal of this research project will be to develop an experiment to study the effectiveness of various composting methods for priority invasive species (including knotweed, knapweed, and others) and investigate the potential for the resulting material to be used for reclamation. Other possible methods may also be considered along with cost/benefit analysis. Students will be expected to reside in Kamloops, BC and be on campus at Thompson Rivers University for the duration of the study (2 years).

Funding for the project is supplied and includes a research stipend of $21,000 per year for the graduate student. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a degree in Natural Resource Science, Environmental Science or BSc in Ecology or a related field. Students interested need to meet the qualifications for the Master of Science in Environmental Science program at Thompson Rivers University. The selected student will be admitted through the MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University.

Interested applicants need to send a copy of their Curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts, and a cover letter describing your academic interests and qualifications and outlining why you want to carry out a graduate degree in this area by Oct 7, 2022 to:

Dr. Wendy Gardner

Department of Natural Resource Science, TRU wgardner@tru.ca

MSc position in marine invertebrate ecology, Thompson Rivers University

The Gosselin lab (http://faculty.tru.ca/lgosselin/) at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position, with an intended start date of January 2023.  Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of benthic marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP).  Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms, crabs and hermit crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The upcoming MSc project will explore effects of climate change on intertidal invertebrates, examining tolerance thresholds of EBP invertebrates and chronic effects of warming conditions on EBP individuals. The project will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.  Field research work will be carried out during the spring and summer, primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre(https://www.bamfieldmsc.com/ on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound. Students will spend the rest of the year (Sept-April) on campus at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

We are looking for individuals with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a background in ecology and evolution.  The following are not required but will be considered favourably: direct research experience acquired by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your bachelors degree or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada); prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques; aquatic field ecology courses taken at a field station.

Stipends to support the student in this MSc position will be available through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology or a related field.  The selected student will be admitted through the MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University.

If interested, please send a Curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts, and a letter describing your academic interests and qualifications and outlining why you want to carry out a graduate degree in marine ecology, via email, by 15 October 2022 to:


Dr Louis Gosselin

Department of Biological Sciences, TRUlgosselin@tru.ca

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Habitat Management for Woodland Caribou, University of Northern British Columbia

ABOUT THE POSITION

The University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with fRI Research is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) for a 1.5-year term. The position is focused on developing strategic-level recommendations to guide forest harvesting and silvicultural prescriptions that maintain habitat for woodland caribou across managed landscapes in west-central Alberta. That includes a comparison of habitat disturbance resulting from fire and forest harvesting and the dynamics of those two disturbance types over time. The PDF will engage with university, industry and government researchers and managers to define the scope of investigation. Within that context, there is considerable latitude to define the specific research questions.

The project is supported by an extensive purpose-built set of data that describe stand conditions and vegetation communities across a range of disturbance types within areas occupied by caribou. Also, the PDF may access an extensive database of location data for caribou found across the study area. We anticipate that the PDF will produce a habitat-supply model that allows for strategic planning of forest harvest and silviculture that aids in the conservation and recovery of woodland caribou.

The PDF will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia but will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy experts from fRI Research, the Alberta Government, and the forest industry. Ché Elkin (University of Northern BC), Chris Johnson (University of Northern BC), and Laura Finnegan (fRI Research) are the project leads. Woodland caribou is Threatened in Canada. This project provides an opportunity to conduct science that informs conservation solutions for a high-profile species. That includes working closely with foresters, biologists, and planners tasked with understanding and conserving caribou.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The PDF will lead research that informs our understanding of natural and anthropogenic disturbance across the range of woodland caribou in west-central Alberta, with a particular focus on forest harvest and fire. The research will inform the development of a decision-support model that provides guidance to forest management and planning.
  • The PDF will be responsible for writing and publishing collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as associated data collection and management.
  • Primary knowledge areas include wildlife-habitat relationships, disturbance ecology, spatial timber supply, and habitat modelling.
  • Knowledge of natural resource or conservation policy is an asset.
  • The PDF will have demonstrated experience with project management and collaborative science that involves quantitative analyses.

SALARY AND TERM

  • The position is for a 1.5-year term.
  • The salary is $58,000 and benefits consistent with those provided by the University of Northern BC. There are some funds for travel associated with the position.
  • The successful applicant will be based at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC. There may be opportunities to complete the project by distance through regular video-conference meetings with the project team.
  • The start date is negotiable, but we are targeting November 15 or earlier.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum qualifications are a PhD degree that is focused on terrestrial ecology (e.g., wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, forest ecology), applied biology or ecological modelling.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative team setting.
  • Expertise in spatially-explicit simulation modelling is an asset, specifically forest growth models.
  • Demonstrated expertise with quantitative analysis. Ability to code in R or Python an asset.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Ché Elkin (che.elkin@unbc.ca ) with the subject line “Caribou Habitat PostDoc Application”. In your cover letter briefly address how you meet each of the requirements of the position. Also, please explain your research strengths and the questions you might pursue as part of a broad effort to improve the science and policy focused on managing caribou habitat in the context of wildfire or forest harvest. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Elkin.

We plan to fill the position as soon as possible.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other prohibited grounds of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code.

The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at wellbeing@unbc.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.

UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~80,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and
https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

Ph.D. position: University of Saskatchewan: Population and movement ecology of eastern mallards

Description: A Ph.D. studentship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. The PhD student will lead a project in population and movement ecology of eastern mallards, primarily using GPS-acceleration (ACC) tracking device data to determine mechanisms underlying differences in trends of eastern mallard Canadian and northeast US breeding sub-populations. Our primary project goals are to (1) Quantify and compare reproductive metrics such as reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing between mallards in the northeast US and eastern Canada, and the extent to which behavior and weather explains variation in reproductive metrics, (2) Estimate seasonal survival rates of female mallards, (3) Quantify and compare female mallard movements and habitat use and selection throughout the annual cycle in the northeastern US and eastern Canada, and (4) Characterize habitat-use and selection of mallards and black ducks throughout the annual cycle.

We deployed 330 units in Feb-Mar 2022 and anticipate deploying ~800 more units on mallards over the next three years. Assessment of objective (4) will include GPS-ACC data from ~500 units deployed on black ducks across the Atlantic Flyway in the same years. The units on eastern mallards and black ducks will generate millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making. This project comprises an international partnership among Ducks Unlimited, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Game Commission, The State University of New York-Brockport, University of Saskatchewan, and members of the Atlantic Flyway (Canadian Wildlife Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia).

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods, spatial analysis), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds, sampling aquatic vegetation). Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (with field work in eastern Canada and US)

Salary and benefits: Approximately $30,000 Canadian per year plus compensation for tuition/fees.

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 7 Oct 2022 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca): (1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

Postdoctoral Fellowship studying the annual cycle for waterfowl to prioritize conservation investments, and examining global dynamics of Arctic-nesting geese, University of Saskatchewan

The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a 12-month postdoctoral fellow to lead two projects focused on movement ecology of migratory birds. The first project comprises development of novel movement models, streamlining GPS-acceleration (ACC) tracking device duty cycles, and data summarization to connect the full annual cycle and prioritize conservation investments for waterfowl. The second project harnesses the full annual approach to study greater white-fronted geese representing five populations distributed in Asia, Europe and North America. The postdoctoral fellow will use an existing (and building) data set from GPS-ACC tracking devices deployed on greater white-fronted geese to quantify and compare migration strategies, movements and behavior to guide next steps in global conservation planning of this species. There also are opportunities to explore population-specific research questions, consistent with the expertise of the selected candidate. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate on several projects in movement and population ecology in the Weegman lab.

This project is an international partnership among researchers at Aarhus University (Denmark), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Canadian Wildlife Service, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Institute for Waterbird and Wetlands Research (Germany), Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Leiden University (Netherlands), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (Germany), National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Saskatchewan, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field

Skills in Program R

Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication

Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

Preferred qualifications: 

Skills in JAGS

Experience forming and running animal movement models

Knowledge and experience in avian ecology

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $60,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 7 Oct 2022

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca).

PDF & PhD Positions in Caribou Conservation Genomics

Supported by Genome Canada and NSERC Alliance, Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca) are recruiting PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) focusing on caribou conservation.

Project opportunities include studying caribou ecotypes in Ontario’s Ring-of-Fire region; the adaptive genomics of caribou including climate change and rapidly evolving genes; genomic erosion in isolated caribou populations (natural and captive) and at the southern range margins of boreal caribou; landscape genomics of Mountain caribou in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon; ancient DNA; and a comparison of caribou across the boreal range.

The national network supporting these positions include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS); Parks Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNRF), and other provincial (e.g. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and territorial jurisdictions (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut); wildlife management boards and Indigenous communities (e.g. the Sahtu Wildlife Management Board); and industry such as MB Hydro. Field work and partnership placement opportunities are available.

Positions may be based out of Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at the National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

One or more of the following will be considered assets:

  1. Bioinformatics and computational biology;
  2. Molecular genomic protocols; and
  3. Estimation of demographic parameters using spatial capture-recapture (sCR); density estimation; population modelling; and network analyses.

PDF salaries are $55,000 – $60,000 per year including benefits, with positions ranging up to 2-3 years. Competitive PhD stipends will be provided.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to:

Dr. Paul Wilson                       pawilson@trentu.ca

Dr. Micheline Manseau          micheline.manseau@ec.gc.ca

Assistant Professor, Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis, Department of Geography – Application deadline: October 17, 2022

The Department of Geography at Memorial University invites applications for a permanent, tenure track, Assistant Professor position in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis (GIS), subject to budgetary approval.The position will commence on July 1, 2023 on the St. John’s campus. Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and be fluent in the theory and practice of quantitative GIS at the core of their research and teaching, and our ideal candidate will be engaged in one or more of the following areas of application: environment, physical geography, and/or coupled human-environment systems. 

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and be able to communicate effectively as an undergraduate and graduate teacher and mentor. The successful candidate will be expected to teach our core courses in GIS and will have the opportunity to collaboratively revitalize our GISciences program. Candidates will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching topics such as spatial analysis, data science, spatial data, Python scripting in GIS, data visualization, and web-based mapping. The Department of Geography highly values collaboration in research and mentorship, and we encourage applicants who will build on our existing departmental areas of expertise in climate change, biogeography, biodiversity conservation, anticolonial research methods, urban planning and geography, fisheries geographies, waste and discard studies, Arctic communities and ecosystems, and marine science. The successful candidate will work with our full-time staff GIS/RS/IT Specialist. Applicants can learn more about the Department of Geography at mun.ca/geog.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities.Candidates who are engaged in critical geography studies aligned with areas such as feminist GIS, Indigenous data sovereignty, Black geographies, queer ecology, or similar justice-based and community-serving research and teaching are encouraged to outline them in their applications.  In assessing applications, Memorial recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leaves, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. Additionally, as part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact equity@mun.ca.

We acknowledge that the St. John’s campus of Memorial University is based on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and that the island of Newfoundland is the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We also recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We strive for respectful relationships with all the peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together. This land acknowledgment was created collaboratively with the five Indigenous groups of the province with staff from the Indigenous Student’s Resource Centre (ISRC). Faculty in Geography collaborate with the newly established School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies (SASS), which has a constitution that enables co-governance of the School with Indigenous Nations. Memorial has an all-Indigenous Committee for Ethics Impacting Indigenous Groups to ensure research, including classroom research, meets high standards of ethics and responsibility. For more information, including on the university’s Indigenization Strategy, see the Vice President (Indigenous) website: https://www.mun.ca/indigenous/

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial’s St. John’s campus provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in the capital city, which has a vibrant cultural life and access to a wide range of outdoor activities. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.Memorial University hiring processes are governed by our collective agreement, which requires review of files from applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.  If there are no Canadian applicants of sufficient quality to be shortlisted, then review of the remaining files occurs.Salary is commensurate with experience as determined by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) collective agreement. For more information about MUNFA, see https://munfa.ca/ 

Application procedure: Email a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, research plan (2 pages maximum), teaching statement (2 pages maximum), and the names and address of three references (no letters required at this stage) to:

Dr. Arn Keeling
Head, Department of Geography
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL
Canada A1B 3X9
akeeling@mun.ca 
+1 (709) 864-7417

Application deadline: October 17, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellowship quantifying American black duck reproductive metrics and Canadian boreal forest environmental covariates, University of Saskatchewan – Application deadline: 30 Sept 2022

The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a two-year postdoctoral fellow to lead a project focused on quantifying reproductive metrics in American black ducks, with hypothesis tests of environmental drivers on breeding areas. We anticipate the postdoctoral fellow will use machine learning algorithms to retrospectively assess egg-laying, full-term incubation and brood-rearing in black ducks, using GPS and acceleration (ACC) data from tracking devices fitted to individual females. Black ducks nest primarily in the eastern Canadian boreal forest, a large remote region where assessing reproductive success with field crews is not practical. While machine learning algorithms have been widely used to classify behaviours from ACC data, they have not been customized for reproductive metrics. The postdoctoral fellow also will determine feasibility of environmental covariates in the Canadian boreal forest (e.g., spatial layers for beaver ponds, commercial logging) for hypothesis tests about the reproductive period. We have deployed 200 devices and anticipate another 300 devices will be deployed in the next two years to collect information about the reproductive period. The devices collect GPS information every hour and ACC information every 10 minutes. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with a PhD student studying the full annual cycle for black ducks.

There are other projects in our group using similar GPS-ACC devices on Atlantic brant and greater white-fronted geese to assess the reproductive period in the context of annual cycle movements, behaviour and habitat use. The postdoctoral fellow will work with graduate students on those projects to develop best practices for using machine learning to identify reproductive metrics. We anticipate broad applicability of results for studying migratory birds that are cryptic or nest in inaccessible areas. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate on and lead other projects linking population and individual processes in migratory birds in the Weegman lab.

This project is an international partnership among the Black Duck Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, University of Saskatchewan, US Fish and Wildlife Service and member states of the Atlantic Flyway (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia).

Minimum qualifications:
Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field
Skills in Program R
Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication
Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

Preferred qualifications: 
Skills in JAGS
Experience forming and running machine learning algorithms, demographic and animal movement models
Knowledge and experience in avian ecology

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $60,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 30 Sept 2022

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca).