Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Memorial University

The Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland is recruiting graduate (MSc and/or PhD) student(s) to study the impacts of consumers on ecosystem functioning at local and regional extents. Specifically, we are looking for a student(s) to i) develop spatial ecosystem ecology theory for consumer impacts within and across ecosystems and ii) conduct experiments and observational studies in our boreal study systems. Our lab is actively developing and testing predictions from spatial ecosystem ecology theory using moose (Alces alces) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) as case studies. Moose were introduced to the island of Newfoundland in the early 1900s and now the island sustains ~120,000 individuals and the highest densities of moose on the planet. Moose are having large impacts on forest and small stream ecosystems in Newfoundland. Atlantic salmon are a native anadromous and iteroparous fish found in streams across the island of Newfoundland. Salmon are an important biotic vector for the flux of nutrients between freshwater and marine ecosystems. Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research (http://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab).

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada with ~18,000 students (~3,200 graduate students). The Department of Biology at Memorial is diverse with ~30 faculty and ~100 graduate students. You can find out more about the department, graduate studies application procedures and funding at: http://www.mun.ca/biology/graduate/. The position(s) come with a guaranteed stipend but interested students should also visit the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for information on postgraduate scholarships: http://nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp.

Memorial’s main campus is in St John’s, a city of ~ 250,000 people on the Northeastern point of the island of Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with excellent access to cycling, trail running and hiking (http://eastcoasttrail.ca/), whale and seabird watching, cross-country skiing, fishing, etc.

Students interested in joining the lab starting in September 2019 should send a cv, transcripts and statement of research interest to: sleroux@mun.ca. We will begin considering applications on Sept. 15, 2018 until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to students with experience or a strong interest in mathematical modeling, spatial analysis, and/or field ecology.

Keywords: Atlantic salmon, community ecology, food web, meta-ecosystems, moose, nutrient cycling, subsidies, theoretical ecology

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