Grad student positions in Marine Mammal Ecology and Ecotoxicology Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University. Start date: January or until filled.

The Ecological Change and Environmental Stressors Lab seeks highly motivated applicants for Master’s and PhD positions. Our group works within the fields of marine ecology and ecotoxicology, focusing on the trophic ecology and food webs of Arctic marine mammals. We use ecological tracers, including stable isotopes and fatty acids, to assess trophic relationships, habitat use, and feeding habits. This work addresses applied questions regarding the influence of rapid warming and sea ice loss on the feeding and food web relationships of native and northward range-shifting species within Arctic marine ecosystems. A key aspect involves investigating how ecological changes interact with other anthropogenic stressors facing wildlife, particularly contaminants such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants. Students will develop projects combining field, lab, and data analysis approaches, and will collaborate with Canadian and international academic, government, and Inuit community partners. Projects entail potential for Arctic fieldwork and opportunities to present at national and international conferences.

We seek highly motivated students holding a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree for PhD candidates) or equivalent from an accredited university in natural resources, ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental science, toxicology or a closely related field, preferably with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Laboratory analysis of stable isotopes, fatty acids, or contaminants in animal tissues or other matrices
  • Analytical instrumentation (e.g., GC, HPLC, MS)
  • Field sampling and/or identification
  • Statistical analysis of biological or environmental data (e.g., in R)

Potential students will have to apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill, which has strict admission standards (min GPA of 3.0/4.0, or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years). Transcripts, letters of support, CV, and a strong personal statement are part of the application. Deadlines for winter term (Jan 2020 start date) are Oct. 15th for Canadian applicants (Aug. 31st for international applicants) or, for fall term (Sept. 2020 start date), are May 31st for Canadian applicants (Mar. 15th for international applicants).

McGill University is Canada’s premiere university for research excellence and teaching, is one of the top 50 universities worldwide, and was recently named the International Sustainability Institution of the Year. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, just 30 km from vibrant downtown Montreal, providing students with both urban culture and recreational opportunities. Graduate students at Mac campus are ¼ of the student body and the campus houses 8 graduate programs and 100+ faculty members.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

For more information on the Ecological Change and Environmental Stressors Lab, the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, and McGill University, please visit: http://mckinneylab.weebly.com ; http://mcgill.cahttp://mcgill.ca/nrs

Annual student stipends will be provided, with opportunities for supplementation through applications for scholarships and teaching assistantships.

Please send a letter indicating your research experience and goals, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Melissa McKinney, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, at melissa.mckinney@mcgill.ca.

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