Master project in animal ecology available at Université Laval, Québec – Application deadline: 15 November 2021

The Caribou Ungava research program (www.caribou-ungava.ulaval.ca) is looking for a student
interested in a master’s project aiming to define the critical habitat of eastern migratory caribou
in Canada.

The large herds of migratory caribou in northern Quebec and Labrador are in drastic decline.
Faced with this situation, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
(COSEWIC) designated this species as “endangered” in April 2017, and it is pending protection
under the species at risk act (SARA) in Canada. This research project will aim to define the
critical habitat of eastern migratory caribou, notably by characterizing significant calving and
rearing sites. This project will have major applied conservation benefits, as it will help generate
essential knowledge for the protection of the species in Canada. Telemetry locations obtained in
collaboration with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) on >700 migratory
caribou since 2012 will be made available to the candidate to carry out this project.

Director: Steeve Côté (Biology department, U. Laval)
Codirector: Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Partners at MFFP: Joelle Taillon and Vincent Brodeur
Start: January or May 2022
Scholarship: 18 000$/year available for 2 years

Prerequisite and required skills:


➢ Canadian bachelor degree, or equivalent, in animal ecology or similar subject;
➢ Strong academic record;
➢ Experience in animal ecology and spatial analysis;
➢ Ability and interest for statistical analyses of large datasets;
➢ Rigor, autonomy and good oral and written communication skills;
➢ Good knowledge of French;

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, a CV, a copy of your university transcript and
3 references before Novembre 15th to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada
steeve.cote@bio.ulaval.ca

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4 Postdoc and 5 PhD student positions studying structure and function of trees using drone-based remote sensing

The FastPheno project is soliciting applications for several postdoctoral and fully funded grad student positions. This project will combine the next generation of high-throughput drone-based phenotyping platforms, plant ecophysiological and genomics approaches to understand forest dynamics and tree resilience to climate change impacts. The positions are part of a large project with researchers from the University of Toronto, Université Laval, Natural Resources Canada and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec.

We are looking to hire postdocs and grad students with complimentary skills and interests. Successful applicants will work in Toronto or Quebec in an interdisciplinary team of researchers of the four participating organizations in a highly collaborative environment. If you have a background or interest in one or several of the following areas, you should send us your application: Plant biology, ecophysiology and ecology of trees, remote sensing, tree genetics and genomics, data sciences, bioinformatics, and statistical modeling.

Qualifications

I. Postdocs (two positions) remote sensing of vegetation and ecophysiology

The postdoctoral fellows will take leads in the FastPheno project activities on drone-based collection and processing of hyperspectral and LiDAR data from multiple experimental field sites and forest stands located in Quebec and Southern Ontario. Candidates must hold a PhD in remote sensing, plant biology, forestry, or a related field. Strong background in photosynthesis, ecophysiology, leaf traits, remote sensing and big data analysis and experience with machine learning algorithms is required. Experience with retrieval of plant physiological and structural information using hyperspectral or LiDAR information is an advantage.

II. Postdoc (one position) statistical modelling and integration of adaptive traits for genomic selection

The postdoctoral fellow will take leads in the FastPheno project activities on developing and validating the relationship between adaptive traits and drone derived data and refine prediction models of phenology from phenotype trait data. Candidates must hold a PhD in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong background in advanced bioinformatics, statistical genomics, and model-data integration is required. Experience with plant biology, molecular ecology, genomic selection models and machine learning algorithms is an advantage.

III. Postdoc (one position) integration and visualization of genotype and adaptive trait phenotype data

The postdoctoral fellow will take the leads in the FastPheno project activities aiming to implement a new data browser and visualization tool which integrates genomic resources and drone derived phenotype data. Candidates must hold a PhD in bioinformatics, environmental informatics, computer science or a related field. Strong background in plant biology, database design, data visualization and experience with scripting languages (e.g., Python, Rcran tools, Matlab) is required. 2

Postdoctoral candidates must have received their PhD after January 2018 Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to work independently and in a collaborative team environment, and proven capability to publish in peer-review journals.

IV. PhD students (five positions) forest dynamics – growth, canopy structure and ecophysiology

The PhD students will investigate climate adaptation in trees and focus on specific leaf traits. This includes e.g., leaf optical properties, chlorophyll-a fluorescence, and photosynthetic pigments, which will be upscaled to the canopy scale by coupling with drone-derived hyperspectral and LiDAR data. Integration of these data will eventually allow to derive tree level structure and physiology from remote sensing.

PhD candidates must hold an undergraduate or master’s degree in plant biology, forestry, or a related field. Experience in one or more of the following areas: Plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology, ecology. Experience or an interest in learning programming languages such as Python, Rcran tools or Matlab for the analysis of large data sets is an advantage.

Applications

Potential applicants should send their CV, a list with the names and contact information of 2-3 references and a max. one1 page motivation letter in a single PDF file to ensmingerlab@utoronto.ca. Use the words FastPheno Application in the subject line of your email followed by the number (I. to IV.) of the position you are applying for. The Deadline for submitting your application is October 1, 2021, however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For questions on individual positions or the overall project please email ensmingerlab@utoronto.ca.

For questions and further information about the co-investigators and their research use the following email addresses and visit their websites:

Ingo Ensminger: ingo.ensminger@utoronto.ca, http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/ensminger/

Julie Godbout: julie.godbout@mffp.gouv.qc.ca, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julie-Godbout

Nathalie Isabel: nathalie.isabel@canada.ca, https://www.genomiqueforestiere.chaire.ulaval.ca/?page_id=4428#

Ilga Porth: ilga.porth@sbf.ulaval.ca, http://www.cef-cfr.ca/index.php?n=Membres.IlgaPorth?userlang=en

Nicholas Provart: nicholas.provart@utoronto.ca, http://provart.csb.utoronto.ca/

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Funded PhD position studying Arctic foxes and tundra food web dynamics at the University of Manitoba

Stipend: $21,000 CAD/year for 4 years

Start date: January/May/September 2022 (flexible)

Project description: Our long-term research program focuses on understanding food web interactions involving Arctic foxes, red foxes, and their prey at the edge of the Arctic tundra (see our website: churchillfoxproject.org). We seek a new PhD student be advised by Dr. James Roth in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba (https://sci.umanitoba.ca/biological-sciences/). Field work will be based out of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre near Churchill, MB (https://churchillscience.ca/), and satellite camps in Wapusk National Park.

The candidate selected for this position will have considerable flexibility to address ecological questions of interest using data sets from our long-term monitoring, which includes surveying ~120 fox dens (in person and using camera traps), sampling fox carcasses provided by local trappers, and estimating prey abundance through mark-recapture estimates of rodents (lemmings and voles) and Canada goose nesting surveys. New projects related to our major research themes are also encouraged. In particular, we are interested in exploring how carrion influences tundra food web dynamics.

Preferred qualifications: Canadian applicants with a Master’s degree in ecology, wildlife biology, zoology, or related fields are preferred, but exceptional applicants from elsewhere will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strengths in data analysis and experience with programs such as R or ArcGIS
  • Publication experience (the candidate will be expected to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals)
  • Experience conducting field work in remote and hazardous conditions, and familiarity with ATVs, snowmobiles, and firearms (for safety in polar bear country)

Above all else, we are seeking a candidate who is willing to contribute towards all aspects of our research program; a team player who brings a positive attitude into the field with a proven ability to problem-solve; and someone who can lead small field teams and prioritize safety while conducting field research.

To apply: Please submit a combined PDF including 1) cover letter describing your research interests, qualifications, and why you would be a good fit for the Churchill Fox project; 2) curriculum vitae (CV), including research experience, relevant coursework and GPA; and 3) contact information for three (3) professional references to Dr. James Roth at churchillfoxproject@gmail.com. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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Master’s project with scholarship – Application deadline: October 4, 2021

Plant communities and carbon storage in soils in arctic tundra, Bylot Island (Nunavut)

A look at arctic brown gold!

Plant communities are responsible for storing carbon in soils by transferring inorganic carbon from the atmosphere to organic carbon into soil horizons, but also by interacting with decomposing organisms and by modifying the edaphic environment. This project will focus on better understanding how arctic plant communities modulate carbon sequestration in tundra soils. About fifty plant communities distributed along gradients of fertility and humidity and across a grazing contrast have been monitored on Bylot Island (Nunavut) for the past 20 years in order to meet this objective. The approach will focus on functional traits of both vascular plants and bryophytes to characterize plant communities and relate these characteristics to soil organic matter compartments.

We are looking for a candidate passionate about Nordic ecology and the biogeochemistry of plants and soils. The student will work within a team of ecologists from the Universities of Quebec in Trois-Rivières and Montreal under the co-supervision of François Guillemette (website) and Vincent Maire (website). The work will take place in both the field at a remote arctic site with harsh conditions (Bylot Island) as well as in the laboratory. She or he will be based at UQTR and will be affiliated with the ‘Centre d’Études Nordiques’ (website) and the ‘Centre RIVE’ (website).

A scholarship of $ 17,000 per year (for two years) accompanies this project but candidates who already have a scholarship (e.g. CRSNG, FQRNT) or who will obtain it during the master’s may receive other benefits. The student will start in winter or summer 2022.

To apply, send to Rive@uqtr.ca, by October 4, 2021: (1) your CV, (2) a transcript including the names of the courses completed (it may be unofficial), (3) a brief description of your research interests and career plan, and (4) the names and email addresses of 2 references who can provide an assessment of your ability to pursue a master’s degree in research. Preference will be given to Canadian students and permanent residents.

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NEW PHD POSITION IN PALEOECOLOGY AND QUANTITATIVE WOOD ANATOMY -Tree-ring anatomy of subfossil woods to study the climate variability of the Quebec boreal region


We are looking for a student for a PhD project on boreal forest dynamics and climate variability. During the last decade, our research group developed an important network of tree-ring chronologies using black spruce subfossil trees (well-preserved tree logs) collected in lakes of the boreal forest of Quebec. This network has been classified as one of the most robust in the world for climate studies. The resulting chronologies cover two millennia and have already allowed preliminary temperature reconstructions for the Quebec boreal region, as well as reconstructions of the past fire history at the stand level. Up to now, our studies were based on the analysis of traditional tree-ring traits, such as ring width, density, and stable isotopes of treering cellulose.

Click here for more information.

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NCC Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship – PhD position: Habitat Management for Endangered Butterfly Recovery

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage.

Project summary

The objective of this project is to examine the effectiveness of disturbance-based prairie management activities (fire, grazing, mechanical brush control) in improving and maintaining habitat suitability and population recovery for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper in Manitoba. Fieldwork will involve visits to various sites for vegetation, soil, landscape feature, and skipper population surveys. Research may also include GIS/remote sensing and habitat distribution modelling. The student will work with Dr. Nicola Koper (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Richard Westwood (University of Winnipeg) and will be supported by NCC’s Weston Family Senior Scientist. The student will register in the PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Koper. This internationally renowned interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to prepare graduates for solving complex conservation and management problems in a changing world.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in May or September 2022 and consist of four years of support with a minimum $21,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

Fellowship requirements

A master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and interest in lepidopteran/insect ecology and prairie ecology/management. Expertise in GIS is an asset. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference may be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba (minimum B+ average; GPA above 3.5 on a 4.5 scale). A valid driver’s license is required.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/Pi9MvhWiRFi. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

Fellowship requirements

A master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and interest in lepidopteran/insect ecology and prairie ecology/management. Expertise in GIS is an asset. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference may be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba (minimum B+ average; GPA above 3.5 on a 4.5 scale). A valid driver’s license is required.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/Pi9MvhWiRFi. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

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Funded Graduate Position!

Are you interested in how temperature and environment have shaped how small mammals survive and thrive? Do you want to split your time between the jungles of Borneo and the beautiful temperate climate of Maine? If so join us!

The Levesque Lab at UMaine is looking for a graduate student to join us for a PhD on small mammal energetics in Borneo. The research will take place in Sarawak, Malaysia in close collaboration with researchers at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and will require extensive periods of fieldwork in the tropics. The student will also participate with outreach programs in collaboration with UMaine 4-H. For more details see here (https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2021/08/19/levesques-nsf-career-award-supports-study-ofsmall- mammal-thermoregulation-energy-use-in-changing-climate/).

Position: PhD in either Biology (https://sbe.umaine.edu/graduate/) or Ecology and Environmental Sciences (https://umaine.edu/ecologyandenvironmentalsciences/graduateprograms/) starting in January 2022.

Funding: The position is funded for 3 years of research assistantships (full-time including summer) and will be supplemented by teaching assistantships. Funding includes tuition and fees, partial health insurance and a stipend.

Qualifications:

• MS in biology, zoology, physiology, ecology, or other relevant disciplines.

• The project will involve extensive periods of time overseas therefore the willingness to move and spend months of the year in the field is critical.

• A strong interest in the physiology and ecology of mammals.

• Experience with respirometry or other ecophysiological techniques, small mammal trapping/handling, and/or international research experience would be a plus but are not essential. Students who have not had the opportunity to build these skills are encouraged to apply.

GRE scores not required! Non-traditional, first-generation, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and/or students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please send a CV and a 1pg cover letter outlining your background, interest in the position and how this opportunity will help you realize your future goals to danielle.l.levesque@maine.edu by Friday September 17th. Interviews will take place the week of September 20th.

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M.SC. POSITION – AGROECOSYSTEM BIODIVERSITY

We are seeking an excellent M.Sc. student to study forage crop insect pest and predator management biodiversity along the Highway 16 corridor in central British Columbia. This project will be sponsored by the British Columbia Forage Council and the Climate and Agriculture Initiative BC and is pending a successful MITACS application. Assuming a successful MITACS application, thesis work must begin on 1 May 2022. There may also be an opportunity for an earlier non-degree research contract (January to April 2022) prior to beginning studies.

MITACS funding will provide a $20000/year stipend for the M.Sc. student, some research costs (others to be covered by existing operating funds), and research travel costs. The MITACS funding will also provide one undergraduate field and lab research assistant for the 2022 and the 2023 summers. In addition, the M.Sc. student will have the advantage of making connections in BC’s agricultural sector via interactions with our funding partners and their networks. The BC Forage Council will also assist the student in finding appropriate field sites for the study.

The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Dezene Huber (University of Northern British Columbia) and Dr. Jasmine Janes (Vancouver Island University) and will be enrolled in the graduate program in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia.

Outstanding applicants with a strong and demonstrable interest in insect ecology should send their CVs and a cover letter to huber@unbc.ca by 8 October 2021. Please feel free to contact Dr. Huber prior to submitting your CV and cover letter to discuss your interests as they relate to the project.

Graduate applications for May 2022 admission to UNBC are due by 15 December 2021. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon the MITACS application being successful. Please do not apply to the UNBC NRESI graduate program until you have spoken with us as only one applicant will be chosen for this graduate opening. This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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PhD opportunity, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Are you passionate about wildlife, enjoy working outdoors, and would like to explore hypotheses concerning the evolution of social behaviour in a small promiscuous cooperatively breeding mammal? I am looking for graduate students to study questions related to mating systems, sociality, and the ecology of ground squirrels in southern Africa using a combination of behavioural, physiological and molecular techniques. The social systems of Cape ground squirrels are unique because males form amicable all-male groups that persist throughout the year and females live in family groups with cooperative breeding. Candidates who are excited to use an integrative approach to examine hypotheses that combine open-mindedness, creativity and versatility of skills are encouraged to apply. The project requires students to spend time at a field site in South Africa. Experience with laboratory techniques and fieldwork would be an advantage. More information can be found at https://sci.umanitoba.ca/biological-sciences/profiles/janewaterman/ and https://www.watermanlab.com/. Completion of an MSc degree is required. Interested applicants should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a preliminary statement of research interests to Dr Jane Waterman (jane.waterman@umanitoba.ca).

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MSc/PhD positions: Climate change ecology, soil foodwebs & ecosystems – Concordia University (Montreal) & University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Humans are rapidly pushing the earth’s biosphere to the brink of collapse. In particular, the loss of top predators disrupts food webs and has far reaching consequences for the functioning of ecosystems and services provided to humans. In soil foodwebs, ants are ubiquitous and abundant top predators also acting as ecosystem engineers and influencing key processes such as decomposition and nutrient cycling, which in turn regulates plant growth and productivity. Global changes are causing population declines and distributional shifts in insects around the world, including ants, but the consequences on soil foodwebs and ecosystem processes is poorly understood.

The selected graduate students will participate in the development and implementation of a field experiment to acquire a mechanistic understanding of forest ecosystem resistance, resilience, and collapse in face of global warming. Specifically, the student will take a lead role in conducting a mesocosm experiment manipulating climate and the density of ecosystem engineers. The proposed project will combine experimental work in state-of-the-art research facilities along with techniques in global change biology, community ecology and ecosystem ecology to improve our understanding forest ecosystem resilience. The student will be based at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, with field work to be conducted at the University of Michigan Biological Station.

Required Skills & Assets

  • creativity
  • independence and initiative, self-motivation
  • evidence of collaborative research, strong interpersonal skills
  • strong written and quantitative skills
  • field and lab experience
  • ability to do field work internationally

Perks

  • join a vibrant group of biodiversity scientists including: Aimée Classen (https://classenlab.com/), Nate Sanders (http://www.natesanders.org/), JP Lessard (http://jeanphilippelessard.com/)
  • attend courses, seminars and workshops at the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Sciences (https://qcbs.ca/)
  • conduct field work in state-of-the-art field research facilities at University of Michigan Biological Station (https://lsa.umich.edu/umbs)
  • engage with ecologists from all over the world at the UMBS
  • have the opportunity to develop new projects on related topics
  • prepare for the next professional big step by working with a productive team of colleagues and mentors

Interested candidate should send (1) an updated CV, (2) university transcripts and (3) a letter of interest. The letter of interest should state both how the proposed research project topic fits within the research interest and career goals of the candidate, and how the research expertise of Classen, Sanders and Lessard Labs would help reach such goals. The application package, and any inquiry regarding the position, should be sent in a single PDF document to jp.lessard@concordia.ca by December 1st, 2021. Selected candidates will submit their applications to Concordia graduate admission office by February 1st, 2022. Starting date at Concordia would be either May or September 2022.

We aim to work with students from all backgrounds and corners of the world, but women and students from minoritized groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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