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

Are you passionate about the evolution of social behaviour, cooperative behaviour and mating systems? I am looking for graduate students to study questions related to mating systems, sociality, and the ecology of ground squirrels in southern Africa using a combination of behavioural, physiological and molecular techniques. The social systems of Cape ground squirrels are unique because males form amicable all-male groups that persist throughout the year and females live in family groups with cooperative breeding. Although these squirrels are small, they are long-lived and have a slow life history and our long-term dataset means we can examine questions on the factors impacting reproductive success (rainfall, climate change, age, hormones, social networks) as well as survival. Candidates who are excited to use an integrative approach to examine hypotheses that combine open-mindedness, creativity and versatility of skills are encouraged to apply. The project requires students to spend time at a field site in South Africa. Experience with laboratory techniques and fieldwork would be an advantage. More information can be found at and Completion of an MSc degree in a related area is preferred. Interested applicants should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a short statement of research interests to Dr Jane Waterman (, preferably by the 30th of March 2022.