Ph.D. on mycorrhizal networks and symbiotic partner selection, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal

Species do not live nor evolve separately in nature. Rather, they form complex networks of interactions. It is believed that some properties of these ecological networks can inform us about community-level dynamics processes such as propensity to local extinction, community productivity or even network collapse. However, these postulates are rarely (if ever) tested experimentally.

The Chagnon lab is recruiting a Ph.D. student to pursue a degree on experimental network ecology, using the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis as a model system. This symbiosis is ecologically and phylogenetically widespread, and believed to be of prime importance for plant net primary productivity, negative density dependence and soil carbon storage. Thus, there is a strong incentive to better understand how resistant and resilient will mycorrhizal networks be to any form of disturbance or environmental pressure or insult. Better understanding how networks assemble along ecological gradients is also key to eventually predict how networks may respond to global climate change.

Interested candidates should :

  • Hold a B.Sc., and ideally a M.Sc. in Biology or Ecology;
  • Be comfortable with R programming;
  • Be autonomous to perform molecular work in the lab (basic work with nucleic acids);
  • Have a valid driving license;
  • Be highly motivated to perform a myriad of parallel, exciting projects!
  • Send a motivation letter and unofficial transcripts to: pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca.

Position is to be filled as soon as possible.

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