PhD student needed for research on rare plants and climate change in Canada

The McCune (University of Lethbridge) and Hargreaves (McGill University) labs are recruiting a PhD student to lead research on rare plant ecology and conservation in Canada.

Project Details

The goals of our collaborative project include:

(1) predict which plant species at risk will be most sensitive to climate warming; (2) identify species’ future habitat under climate warming, and (3) test whether species will require assisted migration to get there.

The project will involve some combination of Species Distribution Models, transplant experiments and experimental warming – but there is flexibility for the successful candidate to bring their own ideas. Our project will help fill knowledge gaps in conservation planning and practice needed to inform Québec and Canada’s missions to protect their rare species.

The student will be co-supervised by Dr. McCune and Dr. Hargreaves. The student will be based at the University of Lethbridge, where they will join a group of graduate students all dedicated to plant ecology and conservation. Summer fieldwork will be in southern Ontario and Quebec, with an optional research visit for up to a year at McGill University in Montreal.

The University of Lethbridge is a smaller University with a vibrant community of scientists. Lethbridge is an affordable and friendly city only 2.5 hours from Calgary, and only 1.5 hours from stunning mountain Parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Wilderness Provincial Park.

We are looking for candidates with a passion for plant conservation, a love of being outdoors with plants, strong communication skills, the ability to work independently and be self-motivated, and a background in ecology or a related field.

We will guarantee a stipend of $21,000 per year for at least 3 years, which may be increased via Teaching Assistantships and/or University Scholarships.

If you are interested, please email Jenny McCune, jl.mccune(at), by September 1, 2022 and share your research interests and experiences. Include your CV and unofficial transcripts. We anticipate that the successful candidate will start their PhD program in January 2023.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

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