Seeking applications for the BRAES Post-doctoral Fellowship in Landscape Ecology

Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services [BRAES], University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in applied connectivity conservation research and planning. This is a full time 12-month position. The position can start as early as June 2020 (preferred), but no later than September 2020.  The successful candidate would preferably reside in Kelowna, BC, or secondarily Ottawa, ON, but due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with Covid-19, we will consider a temporary remote employment arrangement within Canada.

The candidate will work under the joint mentorship of Drs. Jason Pither, Adam Ford, and Lael Parrott at UBC, and in close collaboration with scientists from Environment & Climate Change Canada. The fellow will be encouraged to take a leadership role in facilitating interactions among BRAES research labs and community partners. This position is an excellent opportunity to work with government and other stakeholders to support evidence-based connectivity conservation planning, thereby contributing to Canada meeting its Biodiversity Goals and Targets.

One expected output from these efforts is a co-authored perspectives or synthesis paper, addressing scientific and methodological challenges in connectivity conservation research and planning. Using the team’s contributions to a symposium of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE 2020, Toronto) as a starting point, the post-doctoral fellow will work with symposium contributors to gather their diverse perspectives, synthesize relevant literature, organize workshops, and liaise with additional stakeholders.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Ecology or relevant discipline and have excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate should possess relevant experience and domain knowledge in conservation and connectivity research or planning, be able to engage diverse collaborators, and think critically about relevant methods.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 9,500 students in seven faculties with strong graduate programs, and offers excellent opportunities for fostering regional, national, and international collaborations. The campus is situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, a region of critical importance to Canada meeting its biodiversity targets.

The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) is a group of over 30 faculty members and their graduate students working in ecology, biodiversity and conservation, and environmental sustainability on UBC’s Okanagan Campus.  BRAES’ special strength is its multidisciplinary focus, with members from departments of biology, mathematics and statistics, literary and cultural studies, earth and environmental sciences, physical geography, economics and creative arts.  BRAES has a strong record of applied research in conservation ecology.  To learn more about BRAES, visit: braes.ok.ubc.ca

UBC offers an excellent research environment and support for postdoctoral fellows. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows, please visit https://www.postdocs.ubc.ca/ Information about the surrounding community, can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife-relocation/.

Remuneration:

A salary of $48,000 per year including benefits, plus a stipend of $3,000 to cover direct research expenses.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send application materials to the BRAES Institute coordinator, Carolina Restrepo (carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca) with the subject line “Postdoctoral Position in Landscape Ecology.” All application materials should be submitted by Friday May 29th, 2020.

Applicants are asked to submit:

(i) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;

(ii) a curriculum vitae that includes publication record;

(iii) and the names and contact information of three referees.

Inquiries may be directed to Jason Pither (jason.pither@ubc.ca).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 

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MS position – Use of UAVs and GPS telemetry for beaver monitoring in Illinois

Location: Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Illinois

Salary: ~19,000$ +tuition and benefits for two years.

Start date: 08/17/2020

Last date to apply: 05/29/2020

Description: The Spatial Wildlife Ecology Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking an excellent MS student to begin in August 2020. The student’s project will focus on developing and testing new approaches to study the distribution and fine-scale movement of beavers in Southern Illinois. The project will potentially include the use of a UAV (drone), satellite imagery, and GPS telemetry. The academic home for the position is at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The position is two years in duration at ~19,000$.

Qualifications:

  • BS in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field, with a strong academic record
  • Interest in developing quantitative skills, including the use of R and ArcGIS software (previous experience with GIS is highly desired)
  • Experience in trapping mammals is desirable
  • Ability to perform fieldwork in difficult settings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated, with an excellent work ethic

To apply: Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, followed by a CV, GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau (gbr@siu.edu).

Website : bastillerousseau.wixsite.com/research

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MS position – Drivers of variation in movement strategies of elk in Colorado

Location: Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Illinois

Salary: ~19,000$ +tuition and benefits for two years.

Start date: 08/17/2020

Last date to apply: 05/29/2020

Description: The Spatial Wildlife Ecology Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking an excellent MS student to begin in August 2020. The student’s project will evaluate variation in movement strategies of elk herds across the state of Colorado to identify the potential impact of human development on those movements, and potential consequences for elk fitness. The academic home for the position is at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois under the supervision of Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Nathaniel Rayl with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The position is two years in duration at ~19,000$.

Qualifications:

  • BS in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field, with a strong academic record
  • Previous experience with GIS Interest in developing quantitative skills, including the use of R
  • Ability to perform fieldwork in difficult settings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated, with an excellent work ethic

To apply: Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, followed by a CV, GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau (gbr@siu.edu).

Website : bastillerousseau.wixsite.com/research

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M.Sc. and Ph.D. Positions at Trent University – Climate change impacts to permafrost, wildlife and their habitat in the subarctic

MSc and PhD graduate student positions are available in our lab (https://brownecologylab.weebly.com/) to investigate the mechanisms driving change in the subarctic, involving interactions among climate, habitat and wildlife communities. A graduate student project will investigate how climate change may affect wildlife habitat through effects on permafrost. Global warming is considered the greatest threat to biodiversity in the arctic, where the cold climate and seasonal transition between water and ice involving permafrost shape the evolutionary adaptations of wildlife. Research will consist of field work to collect ground measurements, remote sensing technology, and development of mechanistic models to characterize permafrost variation. Additional projects will focus on field-based studies of water bird behavior and breeding success in relation to the direct and indirect effects of climate, habitat and predation risk. Species include dunlin, whimbrel, least sandpiper, and Canada geese.

Students will have the opportunity to directly support wildlife conservation and management and gain experience on a collaborative project with a government agency (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and partners (York University, Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing).  The projects will use new field sampling and existing datasets to support student work. Field work will be based at the Burntpoint Research Station in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario. The student will work in a collaborative team environment with other graduate students and professional staff.

The student will be enrolled in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, and under the supervision of Dr. Glen Brown. The projects will begin in September 2020 of January 2021.

Salary: A minimum stipend consistent with Trent University policies for PhD and MSc will be provided (includes a Teaching Assistantship).

Qualifications: Candidates should have a solid background in ecology and an aptitude for statistical and spatial analysis (including geographic information systems and imagery processing), as well as the ability to conduct laborious field work in remote areas for extended periods of time. A willingness to become licensed in firearm use is also required due to the presence of polar bears. Prospective students should meet the minimum requirements for admission to the MSc (https://www.trentu.ca/els/program/msc-program ) or PhD program (https://www.trentu.ca/els/program/phd-program). Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to receive the funding package available for this position.

Prospective students should send a letter of interest, a CV, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Glen Brown (glen.brown@ontario.ca). The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are selected.

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M.Sc.F. position in ecological modeling at the University of New Brunswick

Now accepting applications from qualified candidates for a 2-year, fully funded Masters of Science in Forestry position focused on process-based modeling of forest landscapes under climate change and forest management.

The position is located at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management in Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada), with a tentative start date in fall 2020.

This is a joint project between the Canadian Forest Service, Parks Canada, and the University of New Brunswick led by Dr. Anthony R. Taylor and Dr. Loïc D’Orangeville.

The candidate will be expected to learn how to operate and calibrate a sophisticated process-based forest landscape model and apply this model to real-world questions facing the management of Canada’s National parks under climate change.

Qualified candidates should have a Bachelors degree in either forestry, biology, environmental science or an allied discipline. Some previous experience or a strong interest in ecological modeling is important. Experience with computer programming, statistics, and the R Statistical Environment would be an asset.

Please send a cover letter (including an expression of interest and description of past relevant experience) and copy of your current Curriculum Vitae to Dr. Loïc D’Orangeville at loic.dorangeville@unb.ca. The position is open until filled, but applicants should submit materials by Friday, May 29, 2020 for full consideration. The process for admission to graduate studies in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management is described at https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/forestry/graduate-programs.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – SPECIAL ISSUE

Taking learning online in ecology and evolution

Guest Editors: Christopher Lortie, Sehoya Cotner, Marcus Lashley

Purpose

To provide a rapid outlet to share timely innovations and discoveries for online teaching and learning in ecology and evolution.

Overview

Dear Colleagues,

These are challenging times. Uncertainty and adaptation is key in ecology and evolution, including how we teach, communicate, and do research. The current global crisis, sparked by COVID-19, has highlighted this uncertainty and demanded we adapt. At Ecology and Evolution, we want to provide the community with an opportunity to discuss and capture the challenges, but also celebrate the successes of online teaching, communication, and collaboration in our discipline.

We welcome submission for a Special Issue entitled ‘Taking learning online in ecology and evolution’. We envision articles that describe tools, techniques, strategies, engagement plans, technology development and use, challenges, and successes. We are particularly interested in contributions that address mechanisms to promote equity, diversity and inclusion through online teaching and distributed learning, and examples of technology and distributed approaches that promote engagement within one another and natural systems. Papers can include research articles, case studies, and perspectives that address these contemporary challenges and solutions. Short and concise contributions are welcome and encouraged.

Warm regards,

Drs Chris Lortie, Sehoya Cotner and Marcus Lashley

Contribution Ideas

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Meetings in the COVID era. How can conferences in ecology and evolution change and adapt to balance the needs of early-career researchers to connect, present, and develop their careers but also mitigate the risks and ecological costs of travel?
  2. Online scientific products. How can online and distributed teaching and learning promote a reset in how we value online contributions to learning?
  3. Open science. How can online and distributed teaching promote open science?
  4. Changes in pedagogy. New teaching and learning strategies that work/do not work.
  5. Tips, tools, and tricks. Github, Moodle, Blackboard, Google, etc. What works? How can educators best leverage these tools? For these articles, please provide resources for speedy adoption–links, worksheets, grading rubrics, etc.
  6. Equity. How best to deliver online teaching to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  7. Strategies for adapting field courses or field exercises for online instruction. Using virtual field spaces, databases, etc.
  8. Backyard ecology and citizen science. Please ensure suggested strategies allow for appropriate social distancing.
  9. Other tools and strategies. Tools and strategies that can be used to promote online science communication to general audiences.
Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Gareth Jenkins (gjenkins@wiley.com) or Dr. Chris Foote (cfoote@wiley.com)

Follow this link for manuscript submission, and please specify in your cover letter that you are submitting to this Special IssueThe deadline for submissions is 30th June.

We look forward to reading your contributions!

Ecology and Evolution

Ecology and Evolution is a journal with a difference. Our overriding philosophy is to be “author friendly” and our editing practice is to “looks for reasons to publish”. Ecology and Evolution is one of the fastest growing journals in ecology and evolution, publishing a diverse-range of articles in these broad disciplines of biology, as well as a special and highly popular category established in 2017 called Academic Practice. Academic Practice articles relate to the application of scholarly approaches to the myriad roles we undertake in our professions as ecologists and evolutionary biologists – including taking learning online.

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Two year postdoctoral position at Université de Montréal, at the interface between spectranomics and phylogenetics.

The Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO) seeks to understand how environmental changes are altering plant biodiversity in Canadian ecosystems, using spectranomics (spectral signatures and images of plant leaves and canopies). CABO is funded by NSERC’s Discovery Frontiers Program and involves researchers from four Canadian universities: Université de Montréal, McGill University, University of British Columbia, and Université de Sherbrooke.

 As part of a team of multidisciplinary researchers who are addressing core research questions, making use of field and imagery data collected across CABO sites in forests, grasslands, wetlands, and tundra, we are looking to fill a two year postdoctoral position at the interface between spectranomics and phylogenetics.

 This postdoctoral position will be held at the Université de Montréal (IRBV), under the supervision of Anne Bruneau and Etienne Laliberté. We aim for a starting date of September 2020, with some flexibility. Further information can be found here.

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Graduate position in fish conservation genomics – McGill University – MacDonald Campus

Scope

The fish population and conservation genomics (FPCG) lab in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University is seeking applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD/MSc in population genomics, comparative phylogenomics, and transcriptomics of local and/or Arctic fish species. The work will consist of performing extensive population RAD and/or RNA sequencing surveys. Although fieldwork experience is not required, a strong potential exists for students to participate in sample collections in Arctic coastal and offshore marine environments, as well as in more local areas (St. Lawrence River and Lac Saint-Pierre).

Skills

Candidates should have an academic background in ecology, evolution, genetics and/or bioinformatics and be an independent learner with a strong work ethic. A working proficiency in the R script writing language would be an asset, as would familiarity with Linux/Unix based high performance computing clusters (HPCC) and the use of bioinformatics packages (e.g., SOAP, Geneious, CLC genomics workbench and GATK among others). The successful candidate should also have strong lab and interpersonal skills allowing them to work well in a laboratory setting and in a group.

The Department

Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary department based out of McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Québec, Canada (http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/). McGill University offers competitive graduate scholarships, including tuition waivers, and visa differential waivers (for international students that qualify) for applicants based on grades and research experience (please see the sites listed below for more information).

http://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/

http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students

Although funds are available to support a PhD student, the eventual hire is expected to apply for either national/provincial support and/or institutional internal graduate scholarships.  Application To apply, please send a current c.v., unofficial copies of academic transcripts (including undergraduate marks), brief description of your research interests (~ 1 page Max), and contact information for 2-3 referees. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before May 5th. Electronic applications (PDF only please) can be sent to:

denis.roy5[at]mcgill[dot]ca

Denis Roy
Assistant Professor
Macdonald-Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9
Lab website: http://denisroy.weebly.com

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CSEE 2018 student award winners

Congratulations to the CSEE 2018 award winners:

First place oral ($525) – Jalina Bielaska Da Silva. Genetic mechanisms of aggressive sperm-mediated gametic isolation in Caenorhabditis nematodes.

Second place oral ($425) – Quentin Kerr. Temporal stability of genomic differentiation between seasonal spawning components in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus).

Third place oral ($300) – Frances Stewart. Protected area networks are only as valuable as the working landscapes they conserve.

First place poster ($525) – Samuel Deakin. Spatial genetic population structure of Alberta’s bighorn sheep.

Second place poster ($425) – Katie Birchard. Circadian gene variation with latitude and breeding season in allochronic populations of two pelagic seabird species complexes.

Third place poster ($300) – Jamie Bain. The effects of agricultural intensity on stream metabolism.

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2018 EARLY CAREER AWARDS

The CSEE Early Career Awards (ECA) recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their careers. The evaluation committee was extremely impressed with the overall quality of applicants for the 2018 awards, so the process was both gratifying and difficult. This year’s recipients of the ECA were Stephen de Lisle (Postdoctoral Scholar, Lund University; Ph.D. University of Toronto) and Patrick Thompson (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia; Ph.D. McGill University). Congratulations to Stephen and Patrick!

Stephen de Lisle

Postdoctoral Scholar (Lund University); Ph.D. University of Toronto

stephen-de-lisleStephen is an evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how ecological processes drive evolutionary change within and between species. In particular, his research focuses on organisms with separate sexes to understand how and why selection and adaptation differ between males and females of the same species, and how the resulting evolution of sex differences influences both ecological communities and the dynamics of deep-time macroevolutionary diversification. In order to connect process and pattern across these disparate timescales, his research uses a wide range of approaches including ecological field experiments and surveys of wild populations, evolutionary quantitative genetics, and phylogenetic comparative methods.

Patrick Thompson

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of British Columbia); Ph.D. McGill University

patrick-thompsonPatrick Thompson is a community ecologist who seeks to understand the processes that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in changing environments. His research integrates theory and empirical methods in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to study how changing land scape connectivity, food-web interactions, and adaptation combine to shape current and future communities. By developing and testing theory on how these processes interactively affect how communities respond to environmental change, his work advances our understanding of how communities operate and seeks to inform strategies for preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of global change.

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