Two MSc positions: interactions between environment, behaviour, and physiology in the Eastern Chipmunk – Application deadline is 10 November, 2023

We are looking for two MSc students interested in joining our research team as of January or May 2024. The Chipmunk Project is a research project started in 2005. It is managed by Dany Garant (U. Sherbrooke) Patrick Bergeron (Bishop’s) and Denis Réale (UQAM).

In this collaborative project, we will use information on population dynamics to assess

the effect of food resource abundance on structure of physiological markers (telomeres) and behavioural traits in the Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus).

Those recruited will benefit from a 15-year longitudinal data set on chipmunks, including measurements of morphological, physiological and behavioural traits, on several hundred individuals, with a known pedigree and data on microhabitat structure and temporal fluctuation of resources.

Selected applicants will participate in the data collection in the field (southern Quebec), which takes place for 3–4 months each summer as well as in laboratory analyses. Some experience with handling small mammals, with field work, and a good knowledge of statistical analysis and population ecology would be valuable. They will be registered at Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s U.

Candidates must send a CV, a transcript, a cover letter and the contact details of two references by 10 November 2023, at the latest, to Patrick Bergeron: and Dany Garant :