Post-doctoral position, Concordia University – New threats from pest insects in the boreal forest of northwestern Quebec

In this project we aim to develop risk models for emerging forest insect threats and damage throughout northwestern Quebec. The post-doc will conduct fieldwork with a team under their supervision to monitor invasive woodborers using pheromone traps and to assess damage from defoliators in natural regeneration and plantations. The post-doc will use these experimental results to develop risk models of stand/landscape conditions that could promote forest insect damage. Specific objectives are to: 1. Evaluate pathways for human-aided introduction of woodborers along a latitudinal gradient 2. Evaluate how forest composition and forest management influence risk of establishment of woodborers and defoliators.3. Expand and adapt forest pest monitoring for biodiversity inventory.

The successful candidate will combine strong entomological and quantitative skills with experience in fieldwork, managing a research team and liaising with partners. Ability to communicate professionally in English and French is also required.

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Probationary (Tenure-Track) Faculty Position in Biology

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at The University of Western Ontario (Western) invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Molecular Biology of Plant Stress at the rank of Assistant Professor (Probationary Tenure-track). The salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2021. Applicants must possess a PhD in the area of Plant Biology or a closely related field. The successful candidate will conduct world-class research aimed at understanding plant-environment interactions. More specifically, the candidate will apply leading-edge technologies to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to biotic and/or abiotic stresses. It is expected that the candidate will have an outstanding record of research in the form of publications in high-impact, peerreviewed journals, awards, invited talks, and other scholarly achievements, as appropriate for their career path and stage. Evidence of research impact and an emerging international research reputation will be considered strong assets, as will be the ability to attract external research funding.

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Graduate student opportunities in Ecosystem Ecology and Conservation Biology at Memorial University 

The Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland is recruiting graduate (MSc and/or PhD) students to study the impacts of animals on ecosystem functioning at local and regional extents with implications for natural resource management and conservation. Specifically, we are looking for students that are interested in one or more of the following key research themes: spatial ecosystem ecology, food web ecology, zoogeochemistry, animal ecology, biogeography, restoration ecology, and conservation planning. Our lab is actively developing and testing theories at the intersection of these themes using moose (Alces alces), spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), and boreal ecosystems as case studies. Our group integrates mathematical modelling, field experiments and observations, and big data synthesis. We are particularly interested in candidates that have or wish to develop quantitative skills in mathematical modelling, big data analysis, and spatial analysis (e.g., GIS). Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research (http://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab).

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. You can find out more about the department, graduate studies application procedures and funding at: http://www.mun.ca/biology/graduate/. 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 (sleroux@mun.ca).

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Graduate student positions – integrative ecology of white-footed mice

Graduate-level applications are being accepted for the Functional Ecology lab at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. We are seeking graduate students interested to work at the interface of eco-physiology, animal behaviour, and quantitative genetics. In addition to being involved in cutting-edge research, students will learn techniques in field ecology, animal capture and manipulation, metabolic and behavioural sampling, multivariate statistics, and scientific communication. The project is part of a study on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) conducted at the Queen’s University Biological Station. We use nest boxes and traps to quantify relatedness, reproductive success, and survival in hundreds of individuals. Each mouse is temporarily brought back to a laboratory where we measure a variety of metabolic, behavioural, and performance traits. The project will exploit data collected since summer 2016 which, in addition to those collected by the students during the summers of 2021 and 2022, will be used to study the causes and consequences of individual variation in survival (modeling of trapping data), home range (telemetry tracking), agility (performance tests), anti-predator behavior (personality tests), and cost of locomotion (respirometry). The exact topic will be suited to match the level (MSc or PhD), interests, and skills of the student. Interested students should visit the Functional Ecology lab webpage (see the “join the lab” page) for more information why and how to apply (http://vincentcareau.weebly.com/)

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MSC POSITION IN FOREST ECOLOGY

We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research that addresses impacts of climate change on forests in western Canada. In British Columbia alone, 60 million hectares are forested. How we manage these forests now will have a large impact for decades to come and sound research is the foundation of sustainable management. As the successful candidate, you will contribute to these objectives by analyzing data from long-term forest experiments to evaluate how silvicultural interventions like thinning or fertilization can increase forest resilience to drought. Annual growth variations will be linked to climatic extremes and the anatomy of the wood will be linked to underlying mechanisms. The position will be supervised by Dr. David Montwé at the University of British Columbia – Department of Forest Resources Management.

Please refer to https://www.grad.ubc.ca/ad/54640 for additional details and requirements.

Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, and contact information for three references by email to david.montwe@ubc.ca.

We will begin reviewing applications on January 25th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1st, 2021.

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MASTERS PROJECT IN FOREST ECOLOGY – Reconstruction of historical fire and logging regimes in white and red pine forests

Context and issues: Historically, white and red pine forests were common throughout the southern boreal, temperate, and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence forest regions. However, the cover and extent of their range has declined significantly due to changes in fire regime, unsustainable forest management practices, and increased mortality caused by the introduction of pathogens. To reverse this decline and preserve / restore these ecologically and economically important ecosystems, a research program aimed at developing an ecosystem-based management strategy for mixed and pure stands of white pine (Pinus strobus L.) and red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) at the northern limit of their distribution has been proposed. Understanding the factors that control fire dynamics and associated ecological processes at the local and regional scale, and through time are crucial for the development of conservation and restoration strategies for red and white pine-dominated forest ecosystems, and may also facilitate understanding of how these tree species may react to projected changes in climate and fire regime. The objective is to reconstruct historical fire (both high and low-severity fire events) and logging regimes to quantify their effects on forest structure and functionality over time, and by extension, assess ecosystem resilience to changes in climate and disturbance regime.

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MASTERS PROJECT IN FOREST ECOLOGY – Susceptibility of protected black ash stands to potential regulation of spring lake water level, northern Quebec: a biodiversity conservation issue

Context and problematic: Extremes in spring flooding have become an issue in northern regions of Canada. Recent data suggest that flood frequency and magnitude may have increased in the last decades after a period of relatively low spring water level. For example, the 2019 floods in northeastern Ontario and northwestern Quebec is unprecedented. As a result, the lakeside residents of Lake Duparquet would like the governmental authorities to implement a mitigation strategy including regulation of the lake spring water level. The proposed changes will affect both high and low water levels. At the same time, old, rare and protected stands of black ash trees are growing on the floodplains of Lake Duparquet. These stands, reaching the northern distribution limit of the species, are unique with trees more than 250 year old. Lake Duparquet is also one of the rare unregulated water body in the region. The project aims at defining the potential consequences of a change in hydrological regime (low and high water level) on black ash stands located on the floodplain of Lake Duparquet. Fieldwork will take place in northern Quebec and will involve measuring attributes of black ash stands, looking at indicator vegetation and age structure. It will also involve using remote sensing tools for mapping. Could water level regulation lead to the contraction and slow disappearance of these stands or could they be able to maintain themselves and, if so, under which conditions?

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position on Essential Biodiversity Variables

The Réseau d’observation de la biodiversité du Québec (BD-QC) is developing an IT infrastructure that will be used to document in real time the state of biodiversity and its changes. The direction of the BD-QC Network is located in the Faculty of Science at the Université de Sherbrooke and the supervision is carried out by Professor Dominique Gravel of the Department of Biology.

As part of this project, we are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will be in charge of developing and deploying a protocol for the creation of Essential Biodiversity Variables based on BD-QC Network observation data.

Full time position
Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal
Start date: as soon as possible.
More information here.

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