MSc and PhD Opportunities in Palynology and Paleoecology at the University of Victoria, Canada

I am seeking MSc and PhD students to join my paleoecology lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (, starting September 2019. Research in my lab focuses on the ecological dynamics of forests since the last glaciation, wetland succession and peatland carbon accumulation, and the development of paleoecological tools aimed at improving our ability to make inferences about the past.
The available MSc position will focus on investigating morphological differences in fir (Abies spp.) pollen, for application in paleoecological studies. The area of focus for the PhD position is negotiable; PhD students are encouraged to develop their own research projects related to past ecological change. Potential research areas include: long-term forest dynamics including disturbance regimes; the past effects of tephra deposition on plant communities; and, the links between climate, vegetation and carbon accumulation in peatlands. PhD-level research combining paleoecological techniques with neoecological or molecular approaches is also possible.
Research funding and a guaranteed stipend are available. Ideal candidates will have a solid background in plant ecology, palynology, paleoecology or a related discipline, and excellent academic standing. Applicants for the PhD position must have a MSc degree or equivalent experience. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief statement of research interests, CV, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for two academic references to Terri Lacourse (
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