Two MSc Positions in seascape genetics. Applications are due: November 1 2019.

The D’Aloia Lab at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada, invites applications for two graduate positions in seascape genetics. Our lab integrates field studies with molecular ecology and modeling approaches to address questions about the patterns, causes, and consequences of marine larval dispersal. For more information about our ongoing research, please see: We are seeking to fill the following two positions:

MSc 1: This position will explore the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting the demography and dispersal of Caribbean coral reef fishes. Quantifying the direct and indirect effects of seascape degradation will be a focal point. The student will receive extensive training in subtidal field work, high throughput genotyping, and seascape genetic analyses. This position begins May 2020 and requires SCUBA diving experience (please detail your experience in your cover letter).

MSc 2: This position will quantify a local connectivity network of waved whelk in the Bay of Fundy using genetic population assignment methods.  This position can begin May or September 2020.  Students without diving experience may elect to focus more on the genetic lab work and data analysis portions of this project. Students can also participate in cold-water scientific diving during one or both years (if so, please indicate your experience with or interest in learning more about cold-water SCUBA diving in your cover letter).

All applicants must have a BSc by the start date. Full stipends are guaranteed for two years.

Lab Info: The D’Aloia Lab is committed to building a diverse and supportive team of marine ecologists. We are looking for students who are self-motivated and have a strong work ethic. The nature of marine field work means that being a team player is essential, so we also strongly value collaboration. Because we collect large observational data sets, quantitative skills will be considered an asset.

Department Info: The Department of Biological Sciences at UNBSJ is a productive and collaborative group with a strength in marine biology. Saint John is a wonderful place to live with great access to the outdoors, a low cost of living, and all the perks of a small but vibrant port city.

To Apply: Please send the following to Dr. Cassidy D’Aloia (, preferably as a single PDF: (1) a cover letter identifying the position(s) you would like to be considered for and a brief description of how your research experience and interests relate to these positions; (2) your CV; (3) transcripts (unofficial is ok); and (4) contact information for 2-3 references. A writing sample is also welcome, but optional. Applications are due: November 1 2019.