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

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.

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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The effects of urban environments on sexual selection in insects

A PhD or MSc position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning January or May 2022.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the effects of urbanisation on life history and sexual selection in the European earwig Forficula auricularia.

PhD applicants should hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Competitive funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only as courses are taught in French), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de Recherche en Écologie Évolutive des Interactions Biologiques (GREEIB), which is part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca.  

Drs. Orihel (Queen’s) and Provencher (ECCC) jointly welcome applications for a PhD Student to study: Biological Fate and Effects of Microplastics on Amphibians in a Whole-Lake Experiment at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area

Project Description: The pELAstic Study is an ecosystem-scale experiment that will help us better understand the effects of microplastic pollution on boreal lakes and their wildlife. This ambitious study is led by a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team of academics, government scientists, and NGO partners from across North America. Based at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, the pELAstic Study will experimentally add microplastics to a whole-lake ecosystem and monitor the environmental fate and ecological effects of these emerging contaminants. The PhD student will join the pELAstic research team to assess the potential bioaccumulation and adverse effects of microplastics on amphibians in the whole-ecosystem experiment. The student will be responsible for characterizing the amphibian communities in the study lakes, as well as measuring a comprehensive suite of ecologically relevant toxicity endpoints in amphibians. The student also will have the freedom to develop their own mesocosm-scale experiments to answer mechanistic questions at a new outdoor ecotoxicological facility at at the Queen’s University Biological Station.

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Drs. Orihel (Queen’s) and Rooney (U. Waterloo) jointly welcome applications for a MSc or PhD student to study: Effects of microplastic pollution on freshwater invertebrate communities

Project Description: The pELAstic Study is an ecosystem-scale experiment that will help us better understand the effects of microplastic pollution on boreal lakes and their wildlife. This ambitious study is led by a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team of academics, government scientists, and NGO partners from across North America. Based at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, the pELAstic Study will experimentally add microplastics to a whole-lake ecosystem and monitor the environmental fate and ecological effects of these emerging contaminants. This student will join the pELAstic research team to assess the potential adverse effects of microplastics on aquatic invertebrates in the whole-ecosystem experiment. The student will be responsible for characterizing the benthic and emerging invertebrate communities in the study lakes, as well as conducting mesocosm-scale experiments to answer mechanistic questions, at IISD-Experimental Lakes Area and/or a new outdoor ecotoxicological facility at the Queen’s University Biological Station.

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PhD & MSc POSITIONS: AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY

Location: McGill University

Start date: Autumn 2022

Stipend:  $22,000 (minimum) per year, 2 years for MSc and 4 years for PhD students.

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting graduate students at the PhD and MSc levels for projects that investigate: 1) how invasive species and climate warming have altered benthic invertebrate community diversity in large rivers, using the St Lawrence River as a model system; and 2) how the impacts of invasive fishes and crayfishes vary across space and time. These are fully funded positions for two years (MSc) to four years (PhD).

The students will be able to interact with an exceptional group of ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists in the McGill Biology department. They will collaborate with government scientists in both Environment & Climate Change Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Maurice Lamontagne Institute). They may have opportunities to work briefly in these government labs. Furthermore, the student will be able to take a unique McGill graduate-level course on Invasion Ecology.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Spring 2022, and have independent research experience and training in aquatic ecology. We are aiming this advertisement primarily at Canadians and permanent residents of Canada. International PhD applicants will be considered only if they have exceptional academic records (including publications) that could qualify them for a highly competitive internal scholarship at McGill. Those candidates who are successful in obtaining a major scholarship (e.g. from NSERC or Quebec FQRNT) for their PhD studies will be given an additional top-up salary as a bonus.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html) to enrol for September 2022.  Please provide:

1) An up-to-date c.v.

2) University transcripts (a scanned copy or unofficial pdf is acceptable).

3) Contact information for at least two referees.

4) A statement (~ 1-2 pages) of research interests and relevant experience.

Submit applications as a single combined pdf, if possible, to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). Applications will be accepted until 31 January 2022 or until a student is chosen.