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/ 

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