We are seeking a dynamic student to investigate a significant yet understudied aspect of conservation biology: mechanisms that may allow some small, isolated populations to persist in the face of environmental change. Core topics on natural fish populations would include:
(i) Effectiveness of purging of inbreeding depression
(ii) Epigenetic maintenance of genetic diversity via DNA methylation
(iii) Population persistence despite maladaptation
This is a collaborative research project between Dr. Dylan Fraser (Concordia U.) and Dr. Louis Bernatchez (Laval U.) with funding for 4 years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc). Stationed out of Concordia U. (Montreal) with additional research training at Laval U. (Quebec City), the student will benefit from the expertise of two leading conservation genetics laboratories. The student will conduct field, common-garden and genomic work on a series of small, isolated brook trout populations from Cape Race, Newfoundland. Interested candidates should have: a keen interest and background in conservation genetics and genomics, quantitative skills (e.g. R stats), effective oral and written communication, and autonomy; experience with fish husbandry is an asset. Speaking French is not required but is encouraged. The start date is May 2017.
Interested applicants should send (electronically) a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts and the names of two academic or research references to: