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 (http://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab). 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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