Offre de deux projets de maîtrise: Évaluation des interactions entre environnement, comportement et physiologie chez le tamia rayé

Nous sommes à la recherche de deux étudiant(e)s au niveau de la maîtrise intéressé(e)s à joindre notre équipe de recherche à compter de janvier ou mai 2024. Le Projet Tamia est un projet de recherche débuté en 2005 et géré par Dany Garant (U. Sherbrooke) Patrick Bergeron (Bishop’s) et Denis Réale (UQAM).

Dans ce projet collaboratif, nous utiliserons l’information sur la dynamique des populations pour évaluer l’effet de l’abondance des ressources alimentaires sur la structure des marqueurs physiologiques (télomères) et traits comportementaux du tamia rayé (Tamias striatus).

Les personnes recrutées bénéficieront de 15 ans de données longitudinales sur les tamias, incluant des mesures de traits morphologiques, physiologiques et comportementaux, obtenues sur plusieurs centaines d’individus dont la généalogie est connue ainsi que les informations sur le micro-habitat et la fluctuation des ressources dans le temps.

Les personnes sélectionnées participeront à la récolte des données sur le terrain (sud du Québec), qui se déroule de mai à septembre ainsi qu’aux travaux de laboratoire. Idéalement, ces personnes auront de l’expérience avec la manipulation de petits mammifères, le travail en écologie de terrain et de bonnes connaissances en analyses statistiques. Elles seront inscrites à l’Université de Sherbrooke et à l’Université Bishop’s. Les personnes intéressées doivent envoyer un CV, un relevé de notes, une lettre de motivation et les coordonnées de deux personnes références au plus tard le 10 novembre 2023 à l’attention de Patrick Bergeron : et à Dany Garant :


The EcoGenomics ( research group under Principal Investigators Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent University) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (Environment & Climate Change Canada) is recruiting a full-time Caribou Genomics Coordinator for Project Management in support of a nation-wide genomics research and monitoring project on caribou. The national network supporting this position include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS); the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNRF), and other provincial (e.g. Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and territorial jurisdictions (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut); wildlife management boards and Indigenous communities (e.g. the Sahtu Wildlife Management Board); industry (e.g. MB Hydro); and funding agencies such as Genome Canada and NSERC.

The Coordinator position will be based out of Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University.

Key Activities: The Coordinator will be an integral part of a larger research team comprised of scientists, professionals, technicians, and administrative staff. As a collaborative member of this team, the Coordinator will oversee a monitoring program and support research that uses molecular genetic/genomic tools to improve our understanding of caribou population responses to a changing environment and landscape.

Specific activities include:

  1. Oversee genomic profiling associated with caribou monitoring objectives developed with partners;
  2. Communicate regularly with partners on objectives, timelines, survey design, and sample preparation;
  3. Coordinate metadata and genomic profile management through an established web-based database;
  4. Supervising technicians in the laboratory workflow and milestones of sample batches, summarizing genomic profiling outputs and identifying innovative ways to improve on cost-efficiencies;
  5. Reporting on downstream analyses, reporting and presenting on genomic results;
  6. Track funding, develop proposals and research agreements with ongoing and new partners;
  7. Communicate internally with Trent and ECCC regarding administrative and budgeting matters;
  8. Actively contribute to peer-review publication and conference presentations; and
  9. Attend and participate in Research Team meetings and directly report to Drs. Wilson and Manseau.

Education & Experience: The Coordinator position requires a minimum of an MSc, with a PhD and former work experience being considered an asset. Candidates should demonstrate experience in understanding both basic and applied conservation genetic and genomic research including 1) laboratory protocols supporting DNA extraction, PCR amplification, genetic profiling and Illumina based library preparation and next generation sequencing; and 2) Project management, communication, accounting, collaborative research with a range of stakeholders; and 3) strong writing and presentation skills as evident by proposal writing, reporting, peer-reviewed publications and conference attendance.

Salary: $60,000 – $65,000 per year depending on qualifications.

To apply send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Paul Wilson ( no later than the September 30TH, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Please note your full name and the job title in the subject line of your email (i.e. First and Last Name – Job Title).

MSc Student Opportunity: Amphibian Invasion Biology

The Riley Integrative Ecology Lab (RIEL; is recruiting a MSc student to study the invasion biology of Eastern Red-backed Salamanders in Newfoundland. This research will ask questions like: What is the native source population of the introduced salamanders? Do the salamanders in Newfoundland differ from the native population in their morphology or behaviour? We also expect the MSc student to guide this research and tailor it to their own interests.

Academic Environment: This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Julia Riley and Dr. James Baxter-Gilbert. RIEL is a small, collaborative team of researchers at the undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc) level. Students are empowered to lead their research projects, are supported through advisor and peer mentorship, and are encouraged to engage in professional development and outreach activities. RIEL’s home is in the Department of Biology ( at Mount Allison University (MtA), which is located in Sackville, New Brunswick at the heart of the Maritimes.

Funding: This position offers a minimum guaranteed stipend of $20,500/y. Additional details on MtA’s graduate program can be found on this website: studies Eligible students are expected to apply for external scholarships and research funding.


  • Have successfully completed a BSc in Biology, Ecology or a related field
  • Have meaningful experience or interest in invasion science, ecology, and herpetology
  • Experience with research project management, like budgeting, animal ethics and permit application and reporting, and team management
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with molecular ecology, as well as statistical analysis in R and reproducible scientific practices is a benefit

Starting Date for Fieldwork: May 2024 (pending funding)

Starting Date of Degree: 1 September 2024

Application Instructions: Email Dr. Riley ( and Dr. Baxter-Gilbert ( using the subject line “Invasion Biology: MSc Application” and include: 1) A brief cover letter that outlines your research interests and experience and how they align with the project, as well as provides 2 references that can be contacted to speak to your expertise; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Unofficial transcripts; and 4) A sample of your writing, if available. Review of all applications will begin on 30 September 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please note that only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Also, as our research group aims to cultivate diversity in STEM and strive to be an equitable, inclusive, and collaborative community, we welcome and encourage applications from women, Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented persons.

PhD Student Opportunity: Grey Ratsnake Sociality

The Lougheed Lab ( and Riley Integrative Ecology Lab ( is recruiting a PhD student to investigate the sociality of Grey Ratsnakes (Pantherophis spiloides) based at the Queens’ University Biological Station ( and building on the strong foundation of ratsnake research that has been undertaken there.

Below are a few examples of research questions that this project could address, but we expect the PhD candidate to guide this research and tailor it to their own interests:

  • What is the mating system of Grey Ratsnakes? What abiotic (e.g., soil temperature and moisture) and biotic (e.g., kinship) impacts the use of nest boxes by snakes?
  • What are the genetic relationships among individuals within and among communal hibernacula? Is there site fidelity to hibernacula use?
  • Do Gray Ratsnakes aggregate? If yes, what are the composition and drivers of social groups?

This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Stephen Lougheed (Queens University, Kingston, Ontario) and Dr. Julia Riley (Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick). Dr. Lougheed’s lab has a state-of-the-art molecular ecology facility that will be used in this research. We are committed to empowering and supporting students to lead their research projects and encourage lab members to engage in professional development and outreach activities. Based at Queen’s, this PhD position will start January 2024.

Funding: This position offers a minimum guaranteed stipend of $25,800/y. Eligible students are expected to apply for external scholarships and research funding.


  1. Have successfully completed a MSc in biology, animal behaviour, ecology or a related field before the proposed degree start date
  2. Have meaningful experience or interest in behavioural ecology, field biology and herpetology
  3. Experience with basic research project management, like budgeting, animal ethics and permit application and reporting, and team management
  4. Possess strong verbal and written communication skills reflected in presentations at scientific conferences and successful publications in a peer-reviewed journals
  5. Experience with lab approaches in molecular ecology, social network analyses in R, as well as statistical analysis in R and reproducible scientific practices are all beneficial

Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lougheed ( and Dr. Riley ( using the subject line “Snake Behaviour: PhD Application” and include: 1) A brief cover letter that outlines your research interests and experience and how they align with the project, and provides 2 references who can be contacted to speak to your expertise; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Unofficial transcripts; and 4) A sample of your writing, if available. Review of all applications will begin on 30 September 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. As our research groups aim to cultivate diversity in STEM, we welcome and encourage applications from women, Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented persons.

Fully funded M.Sc. in Geography: Marine biodiversity and conservation in traditional waters of Miawpukek First Nation

We seek a student for a marine biodiversity and traditional knowledge education project in cooperation with Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) and DFO, beginning in May or September 2024 at Memorial University, NL.  The student will work with MFN Marine Forestry Guardians and MUN and DFO scientists to describe marine biodiversity in Bay d’Espoir and nearby parts of the marine territory of Miawpukek First Nation.  The student will help Guardians to describe deep and shallow water marine biodiversity information through a variety of sampling methods, and combine this with multibeam sonar data to make predictive maps of biodiversity.  The student will also work with Guardians and others at MFN to map Indigenous knowledge of marine biodiversity in these waters.  The student will spend extended periods of time living in the community and working with Guardians, as well as participating in a intensive ROV-based research cruise.   Required skills include a quantitative background in marine biology or ecology, or in community-based science with Indigenous communities.  Previous experience with GIS systems, acquiring or processing acoustic or underwater video data and/or experience working with the public and/or with Indigenous groups will be highly advantageous.  Preference will be given to Indigenous students, especially those from Miawpukek or Qalipu First Nations. 

For more information, please contact Evan Edinger ( or Katleen Robert ( with a CV and cover letter stating your main interests in this project.

Closing date: Nov 15, 2023.

Prospective start date: May or September 2024.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The 4D OCEANS Lab ( in the School of Ocean Technology of the Marine Institute of Memorial University, NL, is looking for MSc students with interest in seafloor and habitat mapping.  This is an inherently multi-disciplinary field, and we are looking to recruit from a range of backgrounds including: seafloor mapping, spatial ecology, geology, acoustic surveying, remote sensing and geostatistics.

Projects may involve activities such as collection and processing of acoustic or imagery datasets, biological or geological samples, and statistical analysis.  Research topics may involve examining species-environment relationships, developing automated classification techniques, addressing issues of scales and much more.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own line of scientific inquiry.  A strong quantitative background, fieldwork (e.g. boat handling or offshore) experience and prior research activities will be an asset.  If you are interested, please contact Katleen Robert ( with a CV and a brief statement of your research interest.

Assistant Professor in Field Crop Entomology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph

Please reference AD #23-50

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position of Field Crop Entomology at the Assistant Professor level based out of Ridgetown Campus. This position requires a PhD in Agricultural Entomology, or closely related discipline, ideally with at least two years of additional research experience.

Position Requirements:

This position will include instructing at the diploma education level and graduate student advising. The candidate will be responsible for teaching current diploma courses and/or be expected to develop new course(s) that will engage diploma students, and there may be a possibility of teaching industry or micro-credential courses to support revenue generation. The successful candidate will also contribute to graduate teaching and mentoring through advising of thesis students (engaged in research) and supporting growth in current or developing course based (CBM) Master programs in the Ontario Agricultural College. The successful candidate will develop a research program focused on insect pests of field crops in Ontario. The position will directly contribute to addressing agricultural industry needs for integrated pest management such as (but not limited to) the impacts of climate change, sustainable agroecosystems, and food security. This is a critical position for Ridgetown and is highly valued by industry stakeholders. The position requires the development of a strong externally funded research program, including provincial and federal sources. A strong interest in applied research that aligns with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) research priorities would be an asset, as the successful candidate is expected to secure funding through OMAFRA. The position provides an excellent opportunity to build on existing strengths and reputation at Ridgetown (Ridgetown Campus) and SES (School of Environmental Sciences), both of whom have outstanding international reputations in entomology, pest management, agricultural systems, among others.

The position will also emphasize interactions with the agriculture sector through extension activities, especially in the form of direct outreach to Ontario’s pest management and crop production communities. This engagement will constitute an important role for the successful candidate.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications. Competitive research start-up funds will be provided.

Position Location:

The University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus has been a leader in applied agricultural research for over 100 years. The campus is located 200 km from the city of Guelph in the municipality of Chatham-Kent which leads the world in the production of over 70 different types of crops. Ridgetown campus Faculty are globally recognized leaders in their disciplines, partnering closely with the agriculture sector to solve real-world problems. They share their expertise with students and producers inside the classroom and on our 180-hectare campus and research plots which offer exceptional hands-on learning opportunities.

Researchers in the SES are linked to many units across campus including Plant Agriculture, Integrative Biology, among others; and to various campus research institutes such as The Center for Biodiversity Genomics and the Arrell Food Institute. SES Faculty obtain funding from or collaborate with many producer organizations such as Grain Farmers of Ontario and government agencies including but not limited to OMAFRA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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

Evaluation of applicants will commence shortly after October 6, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file):

  1. A full Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A maximum 3-page cover letter in which you provide a research statement that describes your research plan, including: how your research aligns with the University of Guelph’s existing or emerging areas of research strength; and how you embed extension/outreach and EDI considerations in your research.
  3. A maximum 2-page teaching statement, including teaching philosophy, evidence of effective teaching (e.g., course syllabi, teaching plans), and embedding of EDI in teaching practice.

Applications should be sent by email to the attention of:

Paul Sibley
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1


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 campuses reside within the lands of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. The Ridgetown campus is located within the McKee Purchase (Treaty 2); the treaty lands of Odawa, Potawatami and Ojibwe (Anishinaabe peoples). We recognize that the Anishinaabe, Hodinohso:ni, Lūnaapéewak and Huron-Wendat peoples have inhabited these lands for centuries and we respect their enduring relationships with these lands. We are committed to working towards decolonization and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, particularly enhancing the engagement of and supports for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

At 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 Institution.

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

Two PhD opportunities: Quantifying carbon-wildlife ecosystem service bundles where Ontario’s James Bay Lowlands meet the Boreal Shield

Frances Stewart (Wilfrid Laurier University) & Catherine Dieleman (University of Guelph)

We invite applications for two PhD positions that will advance our understanding of boreal wildlife-habitat relationships. This work will focus on an ecologically important region of growing industrial development interest in Northern Ontario, Canada.

The goals of this project are to build on co-located sampling of peatland carbon stores,vegetation community composition, and wildlife populations to quantify spatial associations among these measures. Wildlife and vegetation data collection has begun, with future field work focusing on co-located carbon sampling, with some flexibility. This multi-agency collaboration will provide important baseline data while asking questions regarding the drivers of wildlife-habitat relationships and ecosystem processes within a remote landscape and prior to anticipated disturbance (natural and anthropogenic).


The Spectral and Remote Sensing Laboratory in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria and Comox Valley Project Watershed Society in Courtney is seeking one highly motivated, full-time Postdoctoral Research fellow (PDF) to conduct applied research in pelagic modeling of forage fish species within the Salish Sea.

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Salmon Food Webs: Pelagic Forage Fish Modeling
Posting start date: January 2024
Posting end date: March 31, 2026, pending annual review
Application closing date: Sept 29, 2023 mid-night
Estimated salary: $65,000 / year + benefits, compensation of travel and incurred costs


Location: The PDF to is expected to spend the majority of their time in the Spectral and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Victoria, BC and some time with the research partner, Project Watershed based in Courtney, BC. Field work may occur throughout the Salish Sea and may require travel throughout Vancouver Island.


  • A Ph.D. (completed by time of appointment) in Geography, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, or related field.
  • Programing skills (R, MATLAB, python, etc.), statistical analysis skills, analysis of multi-dimensional large data sets.
  • Experience with habitat suitability modeling and/or GIS.
  • Experience modeling habitat or resource management under data limited conditions, and/or understanding of data sources available in the Pacific northwest would be helpful assets.
  • Knowledge of the habitat associations and spatial-temporal distributions of forage fish is helpful for developing accurate models of these relationships.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required as the candidate will be part of a multi-stakeholder team and will need to collaborate with other academics, First Nations, environmental non-profits, Provincial and Federal governments, among others.
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license is an asset as commuting to field sites and the Project Watershed Office in Courtney is necessary.


Since 2019, the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (Project Watershed), in partnership with the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN), and North Island College have been working to identify, map and quantify the spatial and temporal presence of Pacific sand lance and surf smelt, and their critical habitat throughout the northern Salish Sea. To achieve this, a scientific partnership has been formed in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, World Wildlife Fund, local non-profit environmental stewardship groups, academia, and researchers. The first three years of the project were highly successful and included the development of two Pacific sand lance habitat suitability models in the Salish Sea. Funding for this work was provided by the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF), Pacific Salmon Foundation, and in-kind contributions from many of these partners and countless citizen scientist volunteer hours.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will report to Dr. Maycira Costa and work closely with a small co-supervisory committee of local forage fish experts, including Dr. Cliff Robinson (DFO), Dr. Doug Bertram (ECCC), Dr. Chris Rooper (DFO), and Dr. Will Duguid (PSF/UVic).The successful PDF will work towards developing and field validating a digital predictive model to be used for mapping current habitat areas used by forage fish and predicting other areas that have a high likelihood of usage based on the model outputs. To build the model, the candidate will need to pull together various datasets such as commercial fishery by-catch data, piscivores marine bird feeding data, oceanographic data, local ecological knowledge, results of scientific studies, satellite imagery and other data sets provided by project partners to start to understand areas utilized by these species. In addition, there is other academic research currently underway by the Pacific Salmon Foundation to understand where juvenile herring are foraging in the open ocean, this work undertaken by the PDF will not duplicate that effort but rather integrate it into the model. To field validate the model, the candidate, in collaboration with project partners, will have to coordinate the collection of marine data, which may include information such as oceanographic conditions, environmental DNA (eDNA), hydro-acoustic data to identify schooling fish, under water video or UAV imagery. Periodic field work with project partners, sometimes in remote locations, will be part of the required work. Therefore, the candidate should be comfortable working outdoors in various weather conditions on small boats. Travel expenses will be compensated separate from the candidate’s wages. Specific deliverables include the production of the digital habitat model, spatial and temporal maps of pelagic areas supporting forage fish rearing and foraging, and one/two peer-reviewed scientific publications.

How to Apply

Please submit:

  • A CV, including the e-mail and phone number for three references;
  • A short cover letter explaining your motivation for working on this project and how your previous experience qualifies you for this position; and
  • Copies of relevant research reports or publications (maximum 3)
    to Maycira Costa ( and Project Watershed (

Please send questions to Jacqueline Huard (

Equity and diversity are essential for academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nations, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous persons.

Landscape Change Modeler

The Computational Ecology Group (CEG) Inc. is seeking an experienced researcher or postdoc to support several conservation research projects that assess the impacts of landscape change on wildlife populations, and develop strategies to restore landscapes and recover populations. The successful candidate will join a team of research professionals, and contribute to collaborative projects through methods design, data gathering, analysis and writing. Analyses may include assessing climate and fire influences on vegetation cover, habitat modeling, connectivity mapping, and timeseries analysis. They will develop a range of statistical and spatial models and contribute to larger simulation projects.

We are looking for someone who can work collaboratively with CEG team members, government, industry, and other partners to interpret study results, and co-develop recommendations for future actions. Ideal candidates will have a relevant publication record, possess excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and work well both independently and within teams.

Additional desired skills/experience:

  • PhD in landscape ecology, geography, or MSc with extensive spatial modeling experience
  • Experience finding, extracting, analyzing many kinds of spatial information
  • Spatial statistics and ecological statistics using remotely sensed data products
  • Climate change analysis experience relating to vegetation, wildlife habitat
  • Creating and using large GIS datasets
  • Strong coding skills in R, Python, or other language
  • High performance computing knowledge
  • Experience developing R shiny apps, results dashboards, GIS story maps, interactive user experiences
  • Interest in collaborative engagement via a remote work environment
  • Problem-solving abilities, and a willingness to learn a range of new skills and tasks
  • Attention to detail, and the ability to develop realistic project timelines

Compensation: CEG offers flexible, remote work. We welcome applicants who want to work part- or full-time. This position is virtual and open to scientists residing in Canada. Preference will be given to work-eligible Canadians living in western North America, near Canmore AB. This position will start as a research contract but could transition to salary-based employment (with EI, CPP, health, vacation benefits) after 3 months. Estimated (full-time) annual salary: $60,000 CAD. Preferred start date: Sept. 15 – Nov. 1, 2023.

CEG ( specializes in the development of ecological forecasting models, and uses a range of quantitative approaches to support partners in making management decisions and plans. The successful applicant will join a supportive research environment and have the opportunity to engage in a range of projects, publications, and tasks that support innovative research.

Join our growing start-up team! Contact Julie Heinrichs at with the subject ‘CEG Job’ to inquire. We will continue to solicit inquiries until the position is filled.