Location: McGill University

Start date: Autumn 2024

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University ( is recruiting graduate students at the PhD and MSc levels for projects that investigate 1) how invasive species and climate warming are altering freshwater communities in the St Lawrence River and in Quebec lakes; and 2) how the impacts of invasive fishes and crayfishes vary across space and time.

The students will be able to interact with an exceptional group of ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists in the McGill Biology department. They will collaborate with government scientists in Environment & Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Quebec government (MFFP). They might also have opportunities to work briefly in these government labs. Furthermore, the student will be able to take a unique McGill graduate-level course in Invasion Ecology.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Spring 2024, and have strong independent research experience and training in aquatic ecology. We are aiming this advertisement primarily at Canadians and permanent residents of Canada. American PhD applicants with strong academic records and at least one peer-reviewed publication are invited to apply, as they may qualify for a university award.

Preference will be given to candidates who are likely to be awarded a federal (NSERC) or Quebec FQRNT scholarship. Students who are successful in obtaining a major Canadian scholarship for their PhD studies will be given an additional top-up annual salary ($5,000) as a bonus.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology ( to enrol for September 2024. Please provide as a single pdf:

1) An up-to-date c.v.

2) University transcripts (a scanned copy or unofficial pdf is acceptable).

3) Contact information for at least two referees.

4) A statement (~ 1-2 pages) of graduate research interests and relevant experience.

Submit applications as a single combined pdf, if possible, to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi ( Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2023 or until a student is chosen.