MSc project on snowshoe hare habitat ecology

We are initiating an MSc project on the spatial and habitat-related ecology of snowshoe hares near Kluane Lake, Yukon. Hares have been studied for >30 years on-site, and the project will assess hare habitat selection relative to landcover types, with emphasis on the spatial distribution of food and cover. Using GIS mapping and remote sensing products (LIDAR, NIRS and other technology), the project will assess how radio-collared hares select habitat through space and time. The work may also involve evaluating temporal shifts in landcover types, or modeling past or future landcover change based upon forest disease epidemics and/or climate change.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend as well as coverage of all field-related travel and other expenses. Successful candidates will have a BSc in Biology, Geography or related field, demonstrated experience working with GIS, LIDAR, NIRS, or other remote sensing products, a strong work ethic, and interest in working collaboratively in a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include animal handling and working in remote field conditions.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by May (preferably) or September 2019, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early. See www.dennismurray.ca for additional information.

 

 

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