Postdoc opening in forest dynamics

The Vanderwel lab at the University of Regina is seeking a highly-motivated individual for a two-year postdoctoral research position investigating environmental controls on forest dynamics.

Project description:

In recent decades, increases in aridity have caused region-wide losses of forest carbon across western Canada as moisture stress has both reduced forest productivity and increased tree mortality. This project seeks to better understand how spatial and temporal variation in moisture availability have impacted aboveground carbon storage across a mixed forest landscape situated near the edge of species’ climatic moisture niche. The successful candidate will leverage an eight year dataset on canopy tree dynamics derived from annual unmanned aerial vehicle surveys to investigate patterns of tree growth, survival, and/or biomass change during a multi-year period of abnormally dry summer weather. Specific research questions shall be developed collaboratively with the successful candidate based on their research interests and expertise.

Compensation: Annual salary of $60 000 plus benefits.


  1. A recent PhD degree in ecology or a related field.
  2. Relevant research experience in forest ecology, preferably including analyses of forest dynamics in relation to environmental factors.
  3. Excellent research potential and communication skills as demonstrated through a successful publication record.
  4. Strong quantitative skills including proficiency in R. Experience working with large datasets is desirable.

To apply:

The position will start in March 2024 (or later, depending on the successful candidate’s availability). To apply, send a cover letter describing research interests and experience, a CV, and contact information for 2 references by e-mail to Review of applications will begin on Jan 4 and will continue until the position is filled.