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 ( with a cover letter, cv, transcripts (unofficial is fine), and contact details for three academic references.

For more information, please see:

Fox lab website:
Department website:
Faculty of Graduate Studies website: