PhD–Plant phenology and climate change in the high Arctic (University of Guelph).

Full funding support is available for four years for a PhD position in the lab of Dr. Andrew MacDougall – University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I seek a highly-motivated PhD candidate with a theoretical or empirical background at the MSc or undergraduate level, ideally with a background in plant ecology or plant evolution. The research will explore long-term responses in plant performance (leafing, flowering, senescence) to climate change in the high arctic mountains of northern Scandinavia. The work will be based off a globally unprecedented century-long data set initiated in 1917, tracking seasonal and annual variations in the timing and extent of plant performance for 140+ vascular plant species. The student is expected to generate their own research projects, based on these data and their own interests. The projects can involve field work and/or big data analysis, with ecological and/or evolutionary emphases. The student will be based out of the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. The project is coordinated from the Abisko Scientific Research Station (Abisko, Sweden), in collaboration with Umeå University, Queens College -Belfast, and Imperial College – London. The student is encouraged to collaborate with researchers at one or more of these institutions, depending on the research emphases they chose to follow. Please e-mail a brief statement of research interest, your CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two academic referees to The position starts fall 2019, or even summer 2019. Preference will be given to Canadian applicants, but the position is open to any suitable candidate.

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Abisko Scientific Research Station
Umeå University
Queens College Belfast
Imperial College London