Ph.D. positions (2): University of Saskatchewan – Movement ecology of American black ducks and eastern mallards

Description: Two Ph.D. studentships are available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. The positions are part of the launch of the Ducks Unlimited Canada Endowed Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation (https://www.ducks.ca/our-work/science/saskatchewan-endowed-chair/). These projects comprise independent and integrated objectives because black ducks and mallards co-exist in the northern and mid-Atlantic Flyway. The students will use state-of-the-art tracking devices deployed on both species to conduct research in movement ecology and conservation planning.

These projects are international partnerships among the Black Duck Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service, The State University of New York-Brockport, University of Saskatchewan, Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, and member states of the Atlantic Flyway (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia). Our primary project goals are to (1) quantify movements and wetland use during the breeding season, (2) quantify reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing, (3) assess the extent to which migration characteristics, proportion of time feeding, energy expenditure and habitat used during wintering, staging and the reproductive period explain variation in reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing, and (4) use the relationships identified in objectives 1-3 to link the annual cycle for holistic conservation planning. We anticipate deploying 500 units on black ducks and 600-800 units on mallards over a 4-year period. These units will generate millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making.

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods, spatial analysis), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds, sampling aquatic vegetation). Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (with field work in eastern Canada and US)

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $25,000 Canadian per year plus tuition.

Start date: September 2021

Last date to apply: 16 April 2021 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (weegmanm@missouri.edu):

(1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Ph.D. position: University of Saskatchewan – Ascribing the importance of Atlantic brant staging areas for annual cycle conservation planning

Description: A Ph.D. studentship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. This position is part of the launch of the Ducks Unlimited Canada Endowed Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation (https://www.ducks.ca/our-work/science/saskatchewan-endowed-chair/). The student will use state-of-the-art tracking devices deployed on Atlantic brant to conduct research in movement ecology and conservation planning.

This project is an international partnership among the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Niskamoon Corporation, Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Université du Québec à Rimouski, University of Delaware, and University of Saskatchewan. Our project goals are to (1) produce maps of locations and migratory routes of tagged Atlantic brant in James Bay and throughout the annual cycle, (2) work with local Cree community members along James Bay to visit tagged Atlantic brant locations and collect eelgrass to quantify eelgrass health, (3) use locational and behavioral data to describe the behavior of brant in specific habitats in James Bay (e.g., the proportion of time feeding versus resting) and link with variation in eelgrass health, and (4) assess the relationship between migration attributes (e.g., eelgrass health and distribution on staging areas, movements and behavior on staging versus wintering areas) and productivity for a full annual cycle perspective.

Based on >150 tracking devices already deployed on individuals (with ~100 more planned), we anticipate collation of millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making. Using these data, the student will develop full annual cycle models of Atlantic brant movements and behavior for the first time, yielding novel opportunities for conservation planning. The student will spend substantial time working along eastern James Bay (Eeyou Istchee), in close collaboration with Cree community members.

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, field skills (e.g., handling birds, sampling aquatic vegetation), and experience working with First Nations communities. Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $25,000 Canadian per year plus tuition.

Start date: September 2021

Last date to apply: 16 April 2021 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (weegmanm@missouri.edu):

(1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Species at Risk Coordinator – Islands Trust Conservancy

There is currently one temporary opportunity available until March 31, 2023, which may be extended or become permanent.

This posting may establish an eligibility list for future temporary and/or permanent positions.

Bring your strong administrative experience and superior organizational skills to this challenging position

Islands Trust is incorporated under the Islands Trust Act of British Columbia. The mandate of the Islands Trust is to preserve and protect the Trust Area and its unique amenities and environment, for the benefit of the residents of the Trust Area and of British Columbia generally, in cooperation with municipalities, regional districts, improvement districts, the provincial government and other related organizations and people.

Islands Trust Conservancy, as a provincial conservation agency created under the Islands Trust Act, is authorized to acquire land and funds to further the mandate of the Islands Trust. Islands Trust Conservancy can accept land, conservation covenants, and other financial contributions from individuals, corporate donors, and government. Islands Trust Conservancy Board is responsible for the management and disposition of funds and acquisition and management of lands it holds. To ensure a balance of both local and provincial interests the board consists of three trustees elected by the Islands Trust Council and up to three trustees appointed by the Province.

Working with a highly dynamic and dedicated team, the Species at Risk (SAR) Program Coordinator coordinates activities, develops communication materials, writes reports and manages contracts, funding agreements and financial resources for the Islands Trust Conservancy Species at Risk Program at a regional level within the Islands Trust Area.  If managing budgets, grants and contracts with internal and external stakeholders is your area of expertise, we look forward to receiving your application.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

Although the incumbent must be willing to work from an office in Victoria 2 to 3 days per week, a part-time work-from-home arrangement may be considered.

Because this is a role with the BC Public Service, applications are only accepted via the BCPSA Employment Website – please do not submit your application by email.

For information regarding this role please contact Kate Emmings at kemmings@islandstrust.bc.ca

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

M.Sc. student position – Metabarcoding soil and litter invertebrates

The Schwarzfeld (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Kerr (uOttawa) labs invite applications for a motivated M.Sc. graduate student to contribute to a larger multidisciplinary research project investigating the role of natural capital in agricultural landscapes (e.g. riparian areas, hedgerows, forest stands) in supporting and maintaining ecosystem goods and services (e.g. biodiversity, soil health, pest control, etc.). The specific component of the M.Sc. project will involve investigating the soil and litter arthropod communities under different ecological conditions. Soil and litter-dwelling arthropods are incredibly diverse and play an important role in maintaining healthy and functioning soil ecosystems, and this work will provide key data in how best to manage agricultural landscapes while prioritizing soil health. 

The graduate student will be responsible for field sampling, lab-work and ecological analyses. We are envisioning a strong metabarcoding component to the study (sequencing Berlese extracts for mites and bulk samples or preservative ethanol from pitfall samples) and the student could also pick a taxonomic group according to their interests to include morphological and abundance data, and to validate the molecular data. There will also be opportunities to layer the data collected for this specific project onto data collected from the wider project, such as the above-ground vegetation, microclimates, and the microbiome and physico-chemical properties of the soil.  The student will be stationed at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre, with access to molecular labs, microscopes, and the millions of reference specimens housed at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes. The research sites are all within a 40 minute drive of Ottawa.

  • Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Department of Biological Sciences M.Sc. graduate program at the University of Ottawa
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence
  • Preference will be given to applicants experienced with ecological theory, entomology, molecular techniques (e.g. DNA extractions, PCR), and/or bioinformatics and scripting.

Applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, copy of academic transcripts and the names of three references to Marla Schwarzfeld (marla.schwarzfeld@canada.ca) with cc to Jeremy Kerr (jkerr@uottawa.ca).

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

MSc Position Available: Environmental Contamination from the Use of Lead Ammunition

An MSc student opportunity is available to join a collaborative research project involving researchers at the National Wildlife Research Centre (a government facility of Environment and Climate Change Canada) and the Department of Biology at Carleton University.

The MSc student position is available starting in September 2021 to investigate contamination of harvested wildlife from the use of lead ammunition. While it is well-known lead shot contaminates harvested waterfowl, more recent studies indicate lead rifle bullets can also contaminate the meat of large game. Lead ammunition is a potential source of lead that contaminates country food because it breaks into small pieces on impact in harvested animals. This interdisciplinary MSc project will encompass both environmental and social science components and will be co-supervised by Dr. Vivian Nguyen (Social-Ecological Research and Applications Lab, Carleton University) and Dr. John Chételat (Environment and Climate Change Canada). Using an existing dataset, the student will characterize levels and sources of lead in tissues of monitored wildlife species that are important country foods. The student will also collect social science data on the use of lead ammunition to inform science to policy initiatives.

To apply, please email Dr. John Chételat (john.chetelat@canada.ca) with the following: 1) a cover letter briefly describing your career goals and how they align with the MSc opportunity, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) names and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Instructor, Environmental Science Program and Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary – Application deadline: April 7, 2021

The Environmental Science Program and the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invite applications for a full-time tenure track appointment as an Instructor in Environmental Sciences with an expected start date as early as July 1, 2021 or later.

This position has a teaching-focused role aimed at developing proficient critical thinkers and practitioners of environmental science. The position is part of an ongoing effort to improve the experience of undergraduate students through student engagement and authentic experiential learning. Establishing an independent and externally funded research program is not a requirement and part of an instructor appointment at the University of Calgary; however, scholarship (pedagogical and discipline-specific) and service are also expected components of this teaching-focused position.

The successful candidate will primarily contribute to the teaching and coordination (both lectures and labs/tutorials, where offered) of undergraduate courses in the Environmental Science Program, ( https://science.ucalgary.ca/environmental-science ), including field-based courses. In all courses, duties include the design, development and delivery of lecture material, laboratories, assessments, and other learning resources.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a discipline related to the biological sciences and relevant to the topics covered in the Environmental Science Program (e.g., ecology, environmental science, soil science, environmental statistics, etc). Candidates must exhibit evidence of teaching effectiveness and a strong commitment to innovation in teaching and learning. This will be demonstrated by established success in teaching, including but not limited to, direct experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning, or discipline-based environmental/biology education research. We seek a candidate who uses contemporary approaches to teaching and has a strong commitment to evidence-based pedagogy as well as a broad knowledge of and interest in environmental science education pedagogy. Post-doctoral experience, teaching experience in a post-secondary setting, and/or experience in industry that could be translated to an academic setting are considered assets. Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm and readiness to delivering course material both in class, online and field environments as appropriate. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team.

The successful candidate will assist in the goals outlined in the recently developed institutional “Growth Through Focus” strategy and Faculty of Science strategic research plans. “Growth Through Focus” is built around three big ideas that will differentiate our university and drive growth: transdisciplinary scholarship, integration with our community and future-focused program delivery that will see us expand flexibility and customizability of the UCalgary experience. To learn more about this vision please see: https://www.ucalgary.ca/unstoppable

The University of Calgary is home to the Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning ( https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/about ) , dedicated to enriching the quality and breadth of learning at our institution. The University also recently launched ii’ taa’poh’to’p, a strategy to guide the institution to truth and reconciliation ( https://www.ucalgary.ca/indigenous ).

Application deadline is April 7, 2021

Click here for more information.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

MSc or PhD position in subarctic terrestrial ecology

Subarctic regions are experiencing some of the greatest rates of climate change on the planet.  Some subarctic regions are experiencing a change in plant communities while other are not, suggesting that communities are not in equilibrium with the climate. The woodlands and tundra habitats of the subarctic are characterized slow growing plants and nutrient poor soils that have large pools of organic matter. We are interested in the how the feedback between plants and soil uncouples communities and ecosystem processes from the regional climate. We are also examining how the consumer food chain alter nutrient availability and creates feedbacks in ecosystem productivity and community composition. We conduct manipulative experiments using fertilizer additions and plant exclusion, and observational studies, on animal redistribution of nutrients in woodland and tundra habitats. Our field sites are in Wapusk National Park and near the Churchill Northern Studies Center.

At present there are positions for MSc. and PhD students.  A BSc in the biological sciences with an emphasis in ecological or environmental studies is a must. Students should have an interest in ecophysiology, community ecology and ecosystem processes. Experience working in the field in remote settings is an asset. Contact John Markham (john.markham@umanitoba.ca) for more information.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Aquatic Science Biologist II – Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Diadromous Fish Population Assessment

We are looking for 2 field biologists in the salmon and diadromous section (positions in New Brunswick):

https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1542190&toggleLanguage=en

Application deadline: March 18th 2021

Although the name of the position is “Aquatic Science Biologist”, applications from biologists having strong fieldwork experience in other ecosystems are welcome as the team is already composed of technicians having years of experience working on the Restigouche and the Miramichi rivers. We are also looking for candidates having strong communication skills (report writing and presentations to partners) and good analytical skills.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is one of Canada’s Best Employers 2021 according to Forbes.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY

Aquatic ecosystems of the Boreal Shield Ecozone (BSE) include a diversity of lakes, ponds, wetlands, streams and rivers linked across the landscape in a network of nested catchments (drainage basins). Fish biodiversity over this landscape is often interpreted from conditions in larger lakes (> 100 ha) which are the primary survey targets. Much less is known about how smaller lakes and streams contribute to the overall biodiversity and productivity of the catchment through provision of unique habitats, refuges and migration corridors. Our objective is to advance our current understanding of fish biodiversity at the catchment scale in the BSE through a research program that examines all aquatic habitats.

Research will begin in the recovering landscape of the historical acid deposition zone in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Acid and metals damaged aquatic ecosystems over a vast area, and biological recovery appears to be lagging chemical recovery. Our initial working hypotheses are: i) catchment-scale fish biodiversity will be lower in recovering catchments than reference catchments, and ii) local biodiversity will depend on landscape position as well as habitat type within all catchments, but landscape position will be more important in recovering catchments because of its influence on both the severity of initial impact and the re-colonization process during recovery. From this starting point, we will model and test predictions about species distribution patterns within both reference and recovering catchments in the context of both legacy and current environmental stressors.

I am seeking motivated students to conduct graduate research at the MSc or PhD levels. Applicants should have strong quantitative, organizational, and writing skills, and be willing to develop and undertake a field-intensive program in a challenging environment. Knowledge in limnology, fish biology, and restoration ecology, and experience with fish sampling, database management and statistical analyses are all definite assets.

Students will be based at the Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (CFEU), housed in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre (http://www.livingwithlakes.ca) at Laurentian University. Students will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from academia, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), and will have access to extensive, long-term databases for fish communities and water quality.

Salary will be at current NSERC rates and starting dates are negotiable from May 2021 onwards.

Please forward a CV, a statement of research interests and qualifications, copies of transcripts, and names of three references to:  Tom Johnston, Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit, Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada.   tjohnston@laurentian.ca

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Dean, Faculty of Environment, University of Northern British Columbia

The new Faculty of Environment represents an exciting opportunity for an inaugural Dean to lead faculty, staff and students through visioning and strategic planning that will continue UNBC’s success for years to come. With goals to increase undergraduate and graduate student numbers, fundraising, and research success, this is a time of ambition and forward-thinking at UNBC.  The new Faculty of Environment will officially launch on April 1, 2021.

Reporting to the Provost, the new Dean provides overall strategic leadership and direction to Faculty on all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, and pathway initiatives across northern British Columbia and beyond. The Dean is responsible for ensuring a high-quality educational experience for UNBC students throughout the region, and supports the growth of the faculty and staff. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar appointable as an Associate or Full Professor at UNBC. With passion and commitment to advancing the excellence of research and education in the Faculty, the Dean will bring outstanding skills as it relates to leadership, communications, and relationship building to be highly effective in this role.

Please find more details at this link: https://www2.unbc.ca/52228/dean-faculty-environment
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share