PhD project – Snowshoe hare winter movement ecology and responses to predation risk in the Yukon

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University is initiating a PhD project on the winter movement and predator-prey dynamics of snowshoe hares at Kluane Lake, Yukon. Snowshoe hares have been studied for >30 years on-site, and we are launching an assessment of the role of winter food and cover on hare movements and population dynamics. Using GPS telemetry and accelerometry, combined with detailed assessment of structural cover and food patches on the landscape, we will evaluate hare movements, habitat selection, and behaviour in relation to environmental risks (predation) and rewards (nutrition). Our recent work (Boudreau et al. 2019 doi: 10.1007/s00442-019-04500-2; Peers et al. 2020.; Shiratsuru et al. 2021 suggests that hares live on the fine edge of high risk from predation, and the new work may also involve assessing hare movement ecology in the context of energy landscapes that vary dynamically with accumulation/melt of snow in winter, and the implications of climate change on these dynamics. Because we also instrument Canada lynx with GPS collars at Kluane, there are excellent opportunities to evaluate complex predator-prey spatial interactions. An evolving interest is assessing how individual hares vary their risk-reward tradeoff through phases of the 10-year hare population cycle. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project and collaborate with other students and researchers working on related questions in the Kluane system.

Successful candidates MUST have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong field and quantitative skills, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include animal handling, GPS telemetry, application of animal movement models, and working in remote field conditions, including during winter.  For additional details, see Start date: ASAP.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.


MSc position on the effects of cryopreservation of sperm for the maintenance of endangered Atlantic salmon populations

MSc position on the effects of cryopreservation of sperm for the maintenance of endangered Atlantic salmon populations

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are looking for a MSc graduate student interested in working on conservation of endangered Atlantic salmon populations. The project involves research examining the potential effects cryopreservation of gametes may have on the fitness and genetics of young produced to support conservation breeding efforts. Specifically, this project will evaluate fertilization success, offspring survival and performance, and possible epigenetic effects of sperm cryopreservation. This project will occur in collaboration with Dr. Trevor Pitcher (

The student will be based out of Dr. Laura Weir’s lab at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Weir’s broader research programme examines various aspects of the evolution of sexually-selected traits such as behaviour, morphology and sperm characteristics, within and among different mating systems in fishes. We ask fundamental evolutionary and applied approaches, and do so in a collaborative environment, with a team of undergraduate and graduate students who interact regularly with students across a variety of disciplines within the Biology Department, including those who study fish physiology and behavioural ecology.

Location: Saint Mary’s University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city of over 400,000 people and home to five universities with a vibrant student community. In addition to being a vibrant urban center, the city is surrounded by easily accessible wilderness areas, and is a hub city in the Atlantic provinces with direct connections to other cities in Eastern Canada and the Northeast United States.

Start date: September 2021

Funding: Minimum stipend of $19,000/year. Students will be encouraged to apply for external scholarships. This position is open to Canadian or international students, but tuition costs are high for non-Canadians so additional funding is required.

To apply: If interested, please send a CV, transcript, and a short cover letter describing your interest and experience: Deadline for applications is July 19, 2021 but applications will be reviewed as they are received. Students will be required to travel from Halifax to an on-site location during Fall 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022.


Weston Family Senior Scientist, Nature Conservancy Canada – Application deadline: July 18, 2021

Location: Flexible

Position details: Permanent, Full Time

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Weston Family Senior Scientist to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) uses western science, based on the application of the scientific method through research projects, as well as Indigenous Knowledge to inform its decisions and guide its action in the conservation of biodiversity in Canada. In support of that work NCC is looking to fill the role of Weston Family Senior Scientist (WFSS) to join the Weston Family Science Program (WFSP) and the broader conservation team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

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Quantitative Ecologist

Application Date: Review of applications will begin on July 16, and continue until the position is filled

Start Date:  September 1, 2021 or earlier

Location:  Anywhere in Canada

Description: This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in applied ecology and conservation. The work entails ecological forecasting, data science, and spatial ecology. The candidate will work with scientists and software developers at ApexRMS to develop and apply ecological forecasting models. The position provides applied experience on a variety of ongoing consulting projects at ApexRMS involving models of landscape change, carbon dynamics, fire risk, habitat suitability, habitat connectivity, and wildlife conservation. The candidate’s main work will include (a) preparing and analyzing spatial ecological datasets (i.e., GIS-based); (b) developing ecological models to forecast changes in future fire risk, ecosystem carbon, and habitat connectivity; and (c) delivering these models and forecasts to decision-makers. The candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to funding proposals, software and tool development, writing and publication. The individual will interact with various clients including government departments and non-governmental organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The candidate will work in a variety of platforms (e.g., R, Python, GitHub) to develop and deliver effective open-source ecological models, including preparing and analyzing large spatial datasets. As part of working with a small consulting company, the candidate will also gain hands-on experience in project management and communicating science to decision-makers.

Application: To apply visit Interested applicants should compile the following materials into a single pdf and email to Dr. Bronwyn Rayfield ( a 1-page statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three professional references. The statement of interest should explicitly address the applicant’s background/interest in ecological modeling and quantitative skills, including statistical and spatial analysis skills.

Qualifications: Graduate (PhD or MSc) degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline. Applicants with consulting experience or with unique contributions to bring to ApexRMS will be more competitive.

About ApexRMS: We are a team of scientists and software developers focused on designing and delivering state-of-the-art ecological models to decision makers. The core of our business is developing transparent models in support of ecological forecasting. We work closely with our clients and other experts from around the world to translate their ecological understanding into appropriate models. Visit to learn more.


Ph.D. position to study benthic movements of adult lobsters Homarus americanus in the Bay of Fundy

Note: This opportunity is contingent on the success of recent funding applications to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

Project description: The project will construct individual-based models to infer migration paths of adult American lobster in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine based on archival tag data and an ocean model of the study domain’s bathymetry and temperature. It will provide the most detailed data existing concerning these movements, which will improve our understanding of their contribution to connectivity between inshore-offshore populations and between Lobster Fishing Areas, as well as of the timing and location of female hatch. This work is a collaboration with fishermen associations in the Bay of Fundy.

Necessary qualifications: This project requires a highly motivated student with an M.Sc. degree, a strong quantitative background as well as programming experience using R, Matlab, Python, or a similar language. It also requires a student with field work experience; experience with work at sea is not necessary but would be an asset.

Academic setting: The Ph.D. student will be co-supervised by Drs. Rémy Rochette (UNB Saint John) and Eric P. Bjorkstedt (NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Humboldt State University). They will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNB Saint John, which provides education and research programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels. The Department has a strong and collegial group of researchers, with a particular research strength in marine and coastal ecosystems. The student will spend 8-12 weeks at Humboldt State University receiving training from E. Bjorkstedt on modeling components of the project.

Financial support: Funding includes 4 years of Ph.D. student stipend, at $22,000/year, as well as all materials, equipment and travels required for the project, including a high-performance computer. International students would see the International Differential Tuition fee waived for the first three years and could be eligible for a Ph.D. International Student Recruitment Award. Students would have the opportunity to apply for other competitive “top up” awards.

How to apply: Send a letter of interest, copy of undergraduate and M.Sc. transcripts, a CV, and the contact information for three references at Review of applicants will begin on 12 July 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The start data will either be September 2021 or January 2022.

Rémy, Rochette, Ph.D.
PO BOX 5050
Saint John, NB
Canada E2L 4L5
506-648-5988 Office
506-648-5565 Department



PhD and PDF positions – Trent University and Environment and Climate Change Canada

Drs. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through
EcoGenomics (, a long-term national scale
project, are recruiting PhDs and PDFs focusing on genomic
applications to caribou conservation. Positions may be based out of
Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at Environment &
Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Different projects are available ranging from conservation genomics,
molecular evolution, bioinformatics and machine learning, estimating
population parameters, landscape genomics and ancient/historic DNA.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to


Postdoctoral Position in Fish Migration – Simon Fraser University

The Project

The Salmon Watersheds Lab ( and collaborators at Simon Fraser University (SFU) are currently seeking a Postdoctoral fellow to work on a project entitled “Landslide Impact on Flow Dynamics, Fish Migration and Genetics of Fraser River Salmon”. The successful candidate will be part of an inter-disciplinary team that aims to understand the impacts of the 2018 Big Bar Landslide on channel morphology, flow dynamics, fish migration, and the genetics of Fraser River Salmon. The natural landslide blocked the Fraser River to salmon passage, devastating salmon runs seeking to return to the Northern Basin. The project is led by a large group of multi-disciplinary investigators from Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Durham University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, working in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada, Fraser Basin Council, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council.

The candidate

We seek candidates to lead research on salmon migration and hydraulic barriers. The Postdoc would be co-advised by Jonathan Moore (SFU) and David Patterson (DFO). Through analyses of tagged and tracked salmon, this Postdoc will examine the biological and environmental controls of successful fish passage through the Big Bar slide area and other high velocity areas in the Fraser canyon.

Candidates should have experience with programming, analysis of large data sets, and some experience with tagging and tracking analyses. Experience in ecohydraulics and fish migration including swimming ability, behaviour, bioenergetics, and physiology is an asset.

There will be a larger cluster of Postdoctoral Fellows, research staff and graduate students investigating the impacts of landslides and flow dynamics on salmon migration and evolution. The project provides opportunities for candidates to gain experience working at the intersection of geomorphology, biology and genetics, and within a large group of 15 research collaborators. With this comes additional opportunities to mentor graduate students, lead presentations and discussions within a variety of settings and platforms, and gain experience communicating complex science with real-world implications.

About SFU

Simon Fraser University sits atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia’s lower mainland, minutes from downtown Vancouver and a variety of spectacular mountainous environs.  Simon Fraser University has a long history of study in geomorphology and water sciences and remains a stimulating environment in which to learn and do research. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Postdoc funding is available for 1-year, with a possible extension for up to 3-years in total. The start date for this position is negotiable, but we hope to have the full team in place before the end of 2021.

To apply: Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to with the email header “2021 Salmon Migration application”. Applications will be reviewed starting June 21, 2021 but we will consider applicants on a rolling basis. The CV should reference relevant work and educational experience and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should be two pages or less and should briefly: 1). highlight relevant experience and analytical expertise, 2). Specific interest and potential research directions for this project. The letter should also communicate the timing of availability. Both documents should be pdf files and the file names should start with the last name of the applicant.


NCC Weston Family Conservation Science PhD Fellowship: Population viability of plant species at risk

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 the conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more at

Project summary

The objective of this project is to measure the viability of some of Canada’s most at-risk plant populations in the Carolinian Forest region. The student will collect demographic data for several plant species at risk, including natural and recently translocated populations. They will use these data to link population growth rates with microhabitat conditions, threats and habitat suitability. Fieldwork will occur from May through August each year and will involve travel throughout southern Ontario to visit and monitor plant populations. The student will be working with Dr. Jenny McCune from the University of Lethbridge ( and NCC’s Weston Family Senior Scientist. They will be based at the University of Lethbridge in the Biological Sciences Department. Collaborators on the project include Dr. Ryan Norris (University of Guelph), Kayanase and the Calgary Zoo Foundation.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in January 2022 and consist of up to four years of support, with a minimum $15,000 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 in plant identification in the field and population matrix modelling. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Lethbridge and applicants with a minimum A- average are strongly preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to apply

NCC welcomes and encourages 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 by June 30, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Sam Knight at

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


Graduate student opportunities in nature-based climate solutions and ecological forecasting at Memorial University

The Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is recruiting graduate students (one MSc and one PhD) to study nature-based climate solutions for eastern boreal forests. The projects will study how common management approaches (e.g., tree planting, moose, spruce budworm, and fire management) impact carbon sequestration and carbon sink potential of eastern boreal forest and soils. The MSc student will lead the field and lab component and the PhD student will lead the modelling component of the study but both projects can include field/lab/modelling components based on student interests. The projects are in collaboration with a diverse group of collaborators (Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Parks, Natural Resources Canada, Natura Conservancy of Canada, and Government of NL) and will be conducted on existing long-term and novel study sites on the island of Newfoundland. Key research themes include: spatial ecosystem ecology, zoogeochemistry, ecological forecasting, animal ecology, biogeography, restoration ecology, and conservation planning.

A major strength of our lab lies in our diversity which includes BSc, MSc, PhD, and post-docs with varied interests and backgrounds. Research questions range from the impacts of animals on ecosystem elemental cycling to the drivers of the spatial distribution of terrestrial, freshwater and marine food webs and ecosystems. We work closely with diverse partners to use scientific evidence to inform environmental policy. Our lab fosters a supportive environment and values work-life balance. More broadly, Memorial hosts a diverse and engaging group of scientists studying ecology and evolution in the departments of Biology, Psychology, Geography, and Ocean Sciences. Departmental and inter-departmental events include regular discussions, workshops, and seminars from invited speakers. These intra-and inter-lab events encourage an important cross-fertilization of emerging ideas in ecology and evolution and exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Memorial is the largest university in Atlantic Canada with ~19,000 students (~3,200 graduate students). The Department of Biology at Memorial has ~25 faculty and ~60 graduate students. The Ecosystem Ecology Lab integrates mathematical modelling, field experiments and observations, and big data synthesis. Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research ( You can find out more about the department, graduate studies application procedures and funding at: The positions come with a guaranteed stipend.

We value equity, diversity, and inclusion and we encourage all interested applicants to apply. We will evaluate applications as we receive them until the positions are filled. Please email your application to Shawn Leroux (


Great-horned Owl Research Opportunity – Closing date: June 25, 2021

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to lead a project examining Great-horned Owl habitat selection, reproductive success, and diet in prairie Canada. The project will make use of state-of-the-art satellite transmitters and nest cameras to understand and inform management strategies in the prairie provinces for this wide-ranging avian predator.

The successful applicant will be: (1) a team player, (2) enjoy field work and the outdoors, (2) interested in a project with broad wildlife management applications, (3) willing to develop a small citizen-science program, (4) capable of managing a 2-4 person field crew, and (5) willing to apply for various funding opportunities, including an NSERC scholarship. Previous experience handling and banding raptors is an asset, but not required. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

The project is fully funded for two years and is therefore amenable to a M.Sc. degree, but could be transitioned to a Ph.D.

Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, applicants will be co-supervised by Dr. Ryan Fisher (Royal Saskatchewan Museum – and Dr. Chris Somers ( in the Department of Biology at the University of Regina. More information on graduate studies at the University of Regina, Department of Biology can be found here:

To apply for this position, please email a copy of your resume/CV, a short cover letter detailing previous experience and why you want to be considered for this position, and transcripts to Ryan Fisher (

Closing date is June 25, 2021 with the expected start date in September 2021 or January 2022, but other arrangements can be made. Applicants will only be contacted if they are selected for an interview.