M.Sc. project in PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (Forest edges)

I am looking for an accomplished and motivated M.Sc. student to study vegetation structure at forest edges. The project would begin in 2023 in the Masters in Applied Science program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Possible study sites for field work in 2024 include Nova Scotia (e.g., Kejimkujik National Park or Cape Breton) or Brazil (in the Atlantic Forest near Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo). Possible research topics include (but are not limited to): development of forest edges next to regenerating pasture in Brazil, patterns of structural diversity across heterogeneous landscapes, global synthesis of edge influence on vegetation. Methods could include field data collection, spatial pattern analysis, meta-analysis, LiDAR or drone imagery. Results could be linked to conservation, climate change or species at risk.

If you are interested in research on the edge, please contact: Karen Harper, Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary’s University, Karen.Harper@smu.ca

Forest Edge Research Network (FERN), http://karenaharper.com


Dr. Wendy Gardner at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position, with an intended start date of January 2023

The upcoming MSc project is a working partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to carry out a research project on the effect of composting on invasive plant propagules (seeds, stems, roots, rhizomes, etc.). Invasive plant propagules present in soils are a significant threat to environmentally sensitive areas and infrastructure if these materials are used in road construction, reclamation, and other projects. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify locations for disposal of invasive plants and invasive plant-contaminated material and, if and when found, also comes with a significant cost. However, if material could be composted to the point where it is determined to no longer contain viable plant propagules, disposal costs would be greatly reduced or even eliminated as the material could potentially be used for reclamation rather than discarded as surplus material. The goal of this research project will be to develop an experiment to study the effectiveness of various composting methods for priority invasive species (including knotweed, knapweed, and others) and investigate the potential for the resulting material to be used for reclamation. Other possible methods may also be considered along with cost/benefit analysis. Students will be expected to reside in Kamloops, BC and be on campus at Thompson Rivers University for the duration of the study (2 years).

Funding for the project is supplied and includes a research stipend of $21,000 per year for the graduate student. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a degree in Natural Resource Science, Environmental Science or BSc in Ecology or a related field. Students interested need to meet the qualifications for the Master of Science in Environmental Science program at Thompson Rivers University. The selected student will be admitted through the MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University.

Interested applicants need to send a copy of their Curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts, and a cover letter describing your academic interests and qualifications and outlining why you want to carry out a graduate degree in this area by Oct 7, 2022 to:

Dr. Wendy Gardner

Department of Natural Resource Science, TRU wgardner@tru.ca


MSc position in marine invertebrate ecology, Thompson Rivers University

The Gosselin lab (http://faculty.tru.ca/lgosselin/) at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position, with an intended start date of January 2023.  Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of benthic marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP).  Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms, crabs and hermit crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The upcoming MSc project will explore effects of climate change on intertidal invertebrates, examining tolerance thresholds of EBP invertebrates and chronic effects of warming conditions on EBP individuals. The project will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.  Field research work will be carried out during the spring and summer, primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre(https://www.bamfieldmsc.com/ on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound. Students will spend the rest of the year (Sept-April) on campus at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

We are looking for individuals with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a background in ecology and evolution.  The following are not required but will be considered favourably: direct research experience acquired by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your bachelors degree or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada); prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques; aquatic field ecology courses taken at a field station.

Stipends to support the student in this MSc position will be available through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology or a related field.  The selected student will be admitted through the MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University.

If interested, please send a Curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts, and a letter describing your academic interests and qualifications and outlining why you want to carry out a graduate degree in marine ecology, via email, by 15 October 2022 to:

Dr Louis Gosselin

Department of Biological Sciences, TRUlgosselin@tru.ca


Ph.D. position: University of Saskatchewan: Population and movement ecology of eastern mallards

Description: A Ph.D. studentship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. The PhD student will lead a project in population and movement ecology of eastern mallards, primarily using GPS-acceleration (ACC) tracking device data to determine mechanisms underlying differences in trends of eastern mallard Canadian and northeast US breeding sub-populations. Our primary project goals are to (1) Quantify and compare reproductive metrics such as reproductive attempts, full-term incubation and brood-rearing between mallards in the northeast US and eastern Canada, and the extent to which behavior and weather explains variation in reproductive metrics, (2) Estimate seasonal survival rates of female mallards, (3) Quantify and compare female mallard movements and habitat use and selection throughout the annual cycle in the northeastern US and eastern Canada, and (4) Characterize habitat-use and selection of mallards and black ducks throughout the annual cycle.

We deployed 330 units in Feb-Mar 2022 and anticipate deploying ~800 more units on mallards over the next three years. Assessment of objective (4) will include GPS-ACC data from ~500 units deployed on black ducks across the Atlantic Flyway in the same years. The units on eastern mallards and black ducks will generate millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making. This project comprises an international partnership among Ducks Unlimited, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Game Commission, The State University of New York-Brockport, University of Saskatchewan, and members of the Atlantic Flyway (Canadian Wildlife Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia).

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 $30,000 Canadian per year plus compensation for tuition/fees.

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 7 Oct 2022 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 (mitch.weegman@usask.ca): (1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.


PDF & PhD Positions in Caribou Conservation Genomics

Supported by Genome Canada and NSERC Alliance, Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca) are recruiting PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) focusing on caribou conservation.

Project opportunities include studying caribou ecotypes in Ontario’s Ring-of-Fire region; the adaptive genomics of caribou including climate change and rapidly evolving genes; genomic erosion in isolated caribou populations (natural and captive) and at the southern range margins of boreal caribou; landscape genomics of Mountain caribou in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon; ancient DNA; and a comparison of caribou across the boreal range.

The national network supporting these positions include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS); Parks Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNRF), and other provincial (e.g. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and territorial jurisdictions (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut); wildlife management boards and Indigenous communities (e.g. the Sahtu Wildlife Management Board); and industry such as MB Hydro. Field work and partnership placement opportunities are available.

Positions may be based out of Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at the National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

One or more of the following will be considered assets:

  1. Bioinformatics and computational biology;
  2. Molecular genomic protocols; and
  3. Estimation of demographic parameters using spatial capture-recapture (sCR); density estimation; population modelling; and network analyses.

PDF salaries are $55,000 – $60,000 per year including benefits, with positions ranging up to 2-3 years. Competitive PhD stipends will be provided.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to:

Dr. Paul Wilson                       pawilson@trentu.ca

Dr. Micheline Manseau          micheline.manseau@ec.gc.ca


MSc or PhD student opportunities in Wetland Research

Project title: Biomonitoring and management strategies for wetlands: developing indicators and practices that support yield, biodiversity, and ecosystem services on prairie landscapes.

This is a joint collaboration with Christy Morrissey (Professor, Dept of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK), Shathi Akhter, (Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Indian Head, SK) and Michael Fitzsimmons Protected Areas biologist (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Saskatoon, SK).

Start Date: Sept 2022 or Jan 2023

Project background: Wetlands are endemic throughout the prairie region and provide benefits such as attenuating runoff, enhancing pollinators, recharging groundwater and sustaining waterfowl.  However, wetlands are often regarded as barriers to crop production due to reduced cropland acreage and decreasing efficiency in field operations. Many wetlands have been drained, cropped or degraded by pesticides, excess nutrients, and disturbance from farming practices. Consequently, prairie wetlands are declining in both numbers and health. This project aims to:

1) Assess multiple indicator metrics (invertebrate community, water quality, cyanobacteria, carbon flux) that reflect long and short-term agrochemical, disturbance, and climatic stress in Prairie wetlands

2) Experimentally assess community-level response and adaptation to chronic pesticide and nutrient stress

2)  Determine the effects of  retention and improvement of still existing wetlands rather than recovering lost ones.

3) Quantify the productivity and  ecosystem goods and services values (and costs) of retaining farm level wetlands

4) Determine the efficacy of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for managing wetlands on farm

Learning opportunities: The MSc or PhD student will be part of a large and diverse interdisciplinary team with great networking and skill development opportunities with government, NGOs and various stakeholders. The student will have the opportunity to conduct both lab and fieldwork and will gain experience in a variety of tools and techniques (biological field experiments, aquatic insect, pollinator and other beneficial insect sampling and identification, soil carbon, other nutrients, and greenhouse gas sampling and analysis).

Funding: This project will provide a fully funded student stipend of $22,500/year with the opportunity to TA to earn additional support.

Application: Qualified students are invited to apply to the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan in Dr. Christy Morrissey’s lab Christy.morrissey@usask.ca

We are looking for students with interest in Agriculture/ Environmental Science/Freshwater biology. The applicant must have a Bachelor’s and/or MSc degree relevant to biology, agriculture, or environmental science areas. A solid academic background and excellent English written and oral communication skills are required. A valid driving license is essential. Field research experience and statistical analyses skills would be an asset.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, CV, academic transcript (unofficial) and the names and contact details of 2-3 references. Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad will be preferred.


PhD opportunity in remote sensing and ecology at the Univ. of Florida

Are you passionate about using new data streams to study ecological systems? In
particular, are you interested in using LiDAR and hyperspectral data? Are you keen on
learning advanced computational and/or statistical methods to answer these questions?
Then this PhD position might be of interest to you.

The position is with Dr. Denis Valle (School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics
Sciences [SFFGS], University of Florida). Dr. Valle is also affiliated with the Tropical
Conservation and Development program (http://www.tcd.ufl.edu/) and the School of
Natural Resources and Environment (http://snre.ifas.ufl.edu/) at UF.

Research in Dr. Valle’s group currently focuses on tackling important applied problems
in global change biology (e.g., land-use/land-cover change), conservation, and ecology,
by applying and creating innovative models. Examples of past research can be found at
http://denisvalle.weebly.com under the “publications” tab.

This PhD position provides an exciting opportunity to gain broad experience and
expertise working with remote sensing data and will provide broad training in all
associated research skills. Given the wide range of problems tackled by Dr. Valle’s
group, there is considerable flexibility regarding the specific project to be developed.
However, we are particularly interested in projects that utilize LiDAR to understand
large-scale spatial patterns regarding the 3D structure of tropical forests (e.g., for
additional details, see Valle et al. 2022 Methods in Ecol. And Evol.) or that focus on
developing novel methods to extract information from LiDAR and hyperspectral data.

What we expect from you:

  • You must be highly motivated, able to undertake independent and self-motivated
    activity, yet you must also be a good team worker
  • Great communication skills
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm about computational and Bayesian methods
    (training can be provided)
  • Relevant background in biology, remote sensing, zoology, ecology, behavioral
    ecology, GIS, ecological statistics, or related areas.
  • Experience in computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or Matlab) will be
    positively viewed
  • Contribute to building a collaborative and interactive local and international
    research team
  • Produce a high quality PhD dissertation, with manuscripts written for publication
  • Search for additional sources of funding during project execution
  • Meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the
    SFFGS (https://ffgs.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/apply/)

This is a fully funded 4-year position and will be located at the UF campus in
Gainesville, FL. This is an ideal position for a student looking to advance their
computational and statistical training while developing solutions to real-world ecological

problems. The successful candidate will be fully involved in project idea development,
data analysis and publication of results.

If interested, please email the items listed below to drvalle@ufl.edu until Oct. 15th:

  • CV with contact information
  • Contact information for three professional or academic references
  • Writing sample (e.g. a scientific paper, grant application, class project) that
    demonstrates your ability to synthesize complex information;
  • One page cover letter describing:
    a) prior research experience (if any),
    b) career goals and interests and how they align with those from the Valle lab, and
    c) prior experience (if any) with modelling and computer programming.

Start Date: Jan/2023 (Spring), May/2023 (Summer) or August/2023 (Fall)

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu)
is among the top 5 U.S. public universities, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World
Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution,
encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of
more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a
provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation
or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Information about the City of Gainesville: Situated in the rolling countryside of north
central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the
University of Florida, seat of Alachua County’s government and the region’s commercial
hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of
many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong
cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment,
temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and
interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the
best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and
subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes,
freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood
hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of
coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which
constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades,
or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.


Ph.D. Opportunity: Moose Ecology in Saskatchewan

Job Title:  Moose ecology and conservation in the boreal forest of Saskatchewan

Location:       University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Closing:        Please contact philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca by Sept 30, 2022. M.Sc. preferred, but exceptional candidates willing to transfer from the M.Sc. to Ph.D. program will also be considered. Note, this position is initially targeting Canadian citizens and permanent residents (for scholarship eligibility reasons).

Apply:           Email CV and pdf copies of both undergrad and graduate transcripts to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca.  Please write “Moose Ecology” as the subject line. Note, only successfully short-listed candidates will be contacted for follow up communications prior to Sept 30, 2022.  

Description: In collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, industrial partners, and Indigenous groups, USask is developing a long-term research program on the ecology of moose in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. This opportunity is specific to moose to understand the linkage between habitat selection and survival, and gain important insight into population dynamics (survival, recruitment, and trend), harvest, and relationships with predators and other ungulates. The Ph.D. is fully funded commencing January 1, 2023; and will interface both theory and applied ecology to inform management of moose in Saskatchewan and abroad. Candidates are, however, expected to apply for scholarships including the NSERC Ph.D. scholarship competition to offset personal stipend costs.

For this project, habitat selection and fates of approximately 100 moose in Saskatchewan will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of moose population ecology in an area undergoing rapid landscape change and the emergence of novel disease, including meningeal worm. The student will help develop and test theory on causes and consequences of landscape and environmental change, while helping us to meet objectives of developing a strong understanding of the applied ecology to inform management. Field work will principally occur in winter and include coordinating logistics and participating in moose captures and GPS collaring, and especially timely investigation of moose mortality sites. This Ph.D. will complement the graduate and post-doctoral projects of several students, whom will be working together to promote a multidisciplinary project aimed at conserving wildlife and promoting northern food security.

The stipend expected for this position, which is to be funded from project funds and/or scholarships obtained by the student, is $25,000 CAD per year. Students will be expected to apply for internal and external scholarships, to offset project costs, including NSERC PGS-D (or CGS for M.Sc.) scholarships (if Canadian) in the upcoming (October) competition.

The successful student will have an opportunity to engage with a large lab working on related questions with respect to large-mammal population dynamics. There will also be opportunities to work collaboratively with a diversity of staff from the Ministry of Environment. Students can expect to publish outside of one’s own thesis topic as part of whole-lab research questions.

Evidence of familiarity with ungulate population dynamics, generalized linear models, and programming in the R language is an asset.

Interested applicants should contact me as soon as possible by email (philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca), and be prepared to submit a current CV with copies of transcripts.  Website: http://mcloughlinlab.ca/lab/ 


MSc or PhD positions: population ecology, community ecology, and meta-science, University of Calgary

Jeremy Fox is seeking 1-2 graduate students (MSc and/or PhD) to start in Fall 2023. The Fox lab has two main lines of research. One uses mathematical modeling and laboratory microcosms experiments to test theories of population and community dynamics. This line of research asks questions like “Why are predator-prey cycles often spatially synchronized over long distances?” and “Can more frequent population extinctions actually promote metapopulation persistence?” Our other main line of research concerns meta-science: the scientific study of science itself. This line of research asks questions like “Do the first published studies of any given effect in ecology tend to report inflated estimates of effect size?”

Enquiries from all interested students are welcome and encouraged. If you’re not sure if the Fox lab would a good fit for you, given your own interests and professional goals, I’ll help you figure that out. In general, the Fox lab is a good fit for students interested in pursuing curiosity-driven, fundamental research in model systems; we don’t really do applied or management-focused work.

Guaranteed funding is available for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years (PhD). Calgary is a safe, vibrant city of over 1 million people, located just 45 min. drive from the Canadian Rockies, with all the opportunities for recreation that implies.

To apply, email me (jefox@ucalgary.ca) with a cover letter, cv, transcripts (unofficial is fine), and contact details for three academic references.

For more information, please see:

Fox lab website: https://foxlabcalgary.wordpress.com/
Department website: https://science.ucalgary.ca/biological-sciences
Faculty of Graduate Studies website: https://grad.ucalgary.ca/