PHD STUDENTS (T3-PHD1; T3-PHD2), SPATIAL ECOLOGY - ECOSYSTEM SERVICE NETWORKS
McGill University & University of Toronto
Salary: minimum of $25,000/ year
Duration: 4 years
Start Date: As soon as possible
Location: T3-PhD1 - McGill University, T3-PhD2 - University of Toronto
Supervisors: T3-PhD1 - Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, T3-PhD2 - Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin
We are seeking two PhD students to conduct research on the problem of modelling and monitoring change in biodiversity and ecosystem services at the landscape scale. The research objective is to develop and apply methods for network monitoring. The research will draw upon a powerful suite of tools for quantifying the connectivity and sustainability of biodiversity and ES networks.
Ultimately, our goal is to develop quantitative methods and apply them to a selection of Canadian landscapes within ResNet. ResNet is an exciting new NSERC strategic network with the ambitious goal of providing scientific knowledge for the management of ecosystem services to enable more resilient resource management in Canada’s working landscapes. ResNet brings together 26 co-applicants from 11 universities, 30 collaborators, and 17 partner organizations to address critical questions about the management and future of Canada’s working landscapes and the critical ecosystem services they provide.
We are seeking fluency in written and spoken English, the ability to work cooperatively with the supervisors, and strong communication and organizational skills.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; plus, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com .
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, (L3-PDF 1), ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE IN THE PRAIRIES
University of Saskatchewan
Salary: $45,000/year + benefits
Duration: 2 years
Start Date: early 2020 (negotiable)
Location: University of Saskatchewan
Supervisors: Dr. Helen Baulch, University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Phil Loring, University of Guelph
We are seeking a talented Postdoctoral Fellow to lead integrative work on modelling ecosystem services in the Canadian Prairies. This work is aimed at creating simulations of the responses of varied ecosystem services to changing wetland coverage and climate.
The successful candidate will work across ResNET and Global Water Futures researchers to integrate ecosystem services into existing hydrological modelling tools (virtual basins), supported by a strong cohort of collaborating hydrological modellers, biogeochemists, and ecologists engaged in work on biodiversity, nutrient cycling and transport, carbon storage, GHG release, and water-related risks.
This position is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks. The PDF will join the team of the newly funded NSERC ResNet: A network for monitoring, modeling, and managing Canada’s ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience and work within the Global Institute for Water Security, linking closely with Global Water Futures researchers, and partners.
This position is for 2 years, and will be based out the University of Saskatchewan. Expected outcomes include:
The ideal candidate would have either hydrological modelling experience or some background in hydrology, experience working with multi-stakeholders and multiple ecosystem services, as well as experience working in an interdisciplinary team on complex water issues.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; two example publications demonstrating your relevant research experience; plus, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: February 10, 2019. Any applications received after the deadline will only be considered if the position is not filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (S1-RA1), BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM SERVICE DASHBOARD FOR CANADA
McGill’s Macdonald Campus
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $51,000-$58,000, commensurate with experience,
Duration: 5 years
Location: Based at McGill’s Macdonald Campus
Supervisors: Dr. Elena Bennett and Dr. Andy Gonzalez
Project info: http://www.nsercresnet.ca
This 5-year research position that will work across all landscapes and themes of the project to build and road-test a prototype dashboard for monitoring ecosystem services across Canada using machine learning alongside inductive modeling. We will start by developing a prototype dashboard for monitoring ecosystem services at multiple scales. The successful applicant will use generalized models of ecosystem service networks built by the ResNet project team (theme 3), incorporate predictions arising from models of ecosystem service supply and demand (theme 2), and data and other knowledge from across the project’s target landscapes (landscapes 1-6), including decision-space maps (theme 1). This level of integration will ensure that the platform has applicability to decisions made in Canada’s working landscapes. The aim is to ensure that we account for not only production of or demand for ecosystem services, but include flows from one landscape to another that are often ignored in ES decision-making. Ultimately, the platform will enable Canada to incorporate data and model-based projections from ongoing monitoring systems for ecological and social-ecological change into its national accounting system for ecosystem services. The platform will be the source of information needed to enable better decision-making for ecosystem services in and across Canadian working landscapes. For more information on the project, please visit http://www.nsercresnet.ca.
We seek a candidate with a PhD with experience in dashboard development and programming, ecological modeling and ecosystem services, or a related field. Necessarily skills include top-notch inductive modelling skills, machine-learning, excellent capacity for synthesis, good people and communications skills to work across the entire project. High level programming skills needed to build a prototype user interface for the dashboard will be valuable. We will seek a 5-year commitment to this critical synthesis position.
To apply, send a cover letter describing your background and fit to the position, along with a CV, and list of references to email@example.com. As we have multiple positions open, please explicitly state the position for which you are applying. References will only be contacted for short-listed candidates.
Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
PhD (L2-PhD1), ECOSYSTEM SERVICES CONSERVATION & LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Département de phytologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Start Date: January, May or September 2020
Salary: $20,000/year + possibility to get $16,000 for the entire duration of studies from academic support funds if objectives are completed on time
Duration: 4 years
Location: Based at Laval University, Québec city
Supervisors: Dr Monique Poulin (ULaval), Dr. Stephanie Pellerin (Univ. of Montreal), Dr. Jerome Cimon-Morin (Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks, Qc).
Goal: We are seeking an exceptional PhD candidate to conduct research on conservation of ecosystem services (ES) and landscape planning. The project will be conducted in peatlands and forests of the Côte-Nord region, that will be used as model systems to develop our knowledge on best management strategies for achieving sustainability in Québec’s human-dominated landscapes. We will address the general question of how to set conservation and restoration priorities without impeding economic development.
Research Context: The Côte-Nord region is dominated by forests and wetlands, while forestry and peat extraction are main economic pillars.The peat industry is dependent on good-quality peat, which has proved to be virtually irreplaceable as a growing substrate for horticultural products. This industry has developed basic criteria for selecting harvesting sites in accordance with socio-environmental concerns such as social acceptability and rarity of specific habitats, but lacks tools to integrate multiple ecosystem services. This industry is also in need of reliable methods to consider trade-offs between conservation and development to ensure the lowest possible environmental footprint regionally. The forest industry is dependent on actual wood stock as well as on the capacity of forests to regenerate after harvesting. Natural forests play crucial roles in climate regulation by stocking carbon through live biomass, but also contribute to reducing surface albedo and thus to increasing temperatures by absorbing a large part of sun radiance. Studying trade-offs between carbon stocking and reduced albedo after tree plantations would help decision making within this industry, particularly for northern forests.
Approach: We will first compare two modelling approaches to prioritize conservation sites: the hot spot approach, based on spatial concordance of ES, and the Systematic Conservation Planning approach, which focuses rather on site complementarity. We will estimate costs (area and number of sites selected in conservation networks and associated losses of resources extraction potential) and benefits (conservation targets achieved) for both approaches. Second, we will assess the cost/benefits ratios of plantations after tree harvesting. Plantation scenarios will be assessed for evergreen coniferous (Picea glauca), deciduous coniferous (Larix laricina), and deciduous broad leaf species (Betula alleghaniensis), notably in regard to their effect on albedo and thereby on climate regulation. Third, we will evaluate the cost of postponing ES conservation planning under different scenarios of future industrial development. Site selection procedures and landscape planning will be performed using programs such as Marxan, Woodstock and Landis.
Profile: Applicants must have completed a Master in the field of Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resources, or a related field and have good knowledge or interest in biological conservation, notably on aspects related to ecosystem services and systematic conservation planning. Experience with scientific publications would be a great advantage. Speaking and reading French will be considered as a great asset as the candidate will integrate a French speaking team. At least he (she) should be ready to learn the basics of French. He (or she) should have good data management, GIS, and scientific writing skills. The candidate should have strong aptitudes for collaboration with other team members and partners.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; plus a curriculum vitae and contact information for at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW (T3-PDF1), MONITORING CHANGE IN SPATIAL ECOSYSTEM SERVICE NETWORKS
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $50,000 per annum + benefits
Duration: 2 years
Location: McGill University
Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Gonzalez (McGill) and Dr. Marie-Josée Fortin (Toronto)
We are seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on the problem of identifying and monitoring change in spatial networks of biodiversity and ecosystem service (ES) supply. The PDF will develop appropriate quantitative methods and apply them to a selection of Canadian resource use landscapes.
The specific research objectives are (i) using existing data to identify spatial ES networks in our six partner landscapes, (ii) the identification of statistically robust network indicators for trend detection in the supply and connectivity of ES, and (iii) to develop methods that support decisions for the allocation of resources to monitor ES across space (and time) in order to maximize the information obtained from the ES monitoring networks in each landscape.
The PDF will employ methods for ecosystem service network monitoring, which draw upon a powerful suite of tools for identifying the connectivity of the ES network, and for ranking the importance of the nodes and links to the dynamical state of network.
This postdoc is part of a larger NSERC Strategic Network, ResNet, an exciting new research network with the ambitious goal of providing scientific knowledge for the management of ecosystem services to enable more resilient resource management in Canada’s working landscapes and so ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for Canadians. NSERC ResNet brings together 26 co-applicants from 11 universities, 30 collaborators, and 17 partner organizations to address important questions about the management and future of Canada’s working landscapes and the critical ecosystem services they provide. This postdoc will be part of Theme 3, which will provide knowledge used by themes 1 and 2, and the partner landscapes, to make reliable inferences and predictions about the sustainability of ES provision into the future.
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to conduct innovative research and outreach in collaboration with a diverse group of university scientists as well as their industry and government partners. The postdoc will co-lead a series of data collection workshops in different landscapes across Canada. The specific duties of the position will include model development and simulation; data collection; stakeholder discussions; report writing; workshop organization and the preparation of manuscripts in collaboration with the supervisors. The successful candidate will also be responsible for training graduate students and contributing to the development of competitive research grants as needed.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within the last three years and have primary publications in refereed, English language journals. We are seeking fluency in written and spoken English, the ability to work cooperatively with the supervisors, and strong communication and organizational skills.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in numerical ecology, network methods, ecoinformatics, biodiversity and ecosystem service science, and a desire to develop novel methods in the monitoring of ecological change. We value creative and autonomous thinkers used to working in an interdisciplinary setting. National and international travel will be required.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; two example publications demonstrating your relevant research experience; plus, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified
PhD AND MA POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE IN THE PRAIRIES
University of Guelph
PhD (L3-PhD1) Position Specific Information
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience
Duration: 4 years Start Date: September 8, 2020
Location: Based out of the University of Guelph
Supervisors: Dr. Phil Loring, University of Guelph and Dr. Helen Baulch, University of Saskatchewan MA
(L3-MA1) Position Specific Information
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience
Duration: 2 years Ideal
Start Date: September 7, 2021, however, the start date is flexible depending on the academic timelines of the candidate.
Location: Based out of the University of Guelph Supervisors: Dr. Phil Loring, University of Guelph and Dr. Helen Baulch, University of Saskatchewan
We are seeking one Doctoral student and one Masters student to help conduct integrative work on modelling ecosystem services in the Canadian Prairies. This work is aimed at simulating responses of varied ecosystem services to changing wetland coverage and climate. The main role of these positions will be to undertake work on ecosystem services scenario development grounded in virtual basin modelling, crossing over into work on scenario pathways and policy options.
The successful candidates will work across ResNET and Global Water Futures researchers to integrate ecosystem services into existing hydrological modelling tools (virtual basins), supported by a strong cohort of collaborating hydrological modelers, biogeochemists, and ecologists engaged in work on biodiversity, nutrient cycling and transport, carbon storage, GHG release, and water-related risks.
This position is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks. The successful candidates will join the team of the newly funded NSERC ResNet: A network for monitoring, modeling, and managing Canada’s ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience. There will also be collaborative work with colleagues within the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, and with Global Water Futures researchers, and partners at the University of Saskatchewan.
Duties could include a combination of the following depending on the interests and skill set of the candidates:
Applicants must have completed a master’s degree (for the PhD position) or an undergraduate degree (for the MA position) in the field of Anthropology, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resources, or a related field and have good knowledge or interest in agent-based modelling and/or multicriteria based decision making analysis. Experience with scientific publications would be a great advantage. We require strong numeric abilities (particularly for the PhD position), fluency in written and spoken English, the ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and collaborators, and strong communication and organizational skills.
The ideal candidates would have either hydrological modelling experience or some background in hydrology, and experience and/or interest in working with multi-stakeholders and an interdisciplinary team on complex water issues.
To apply please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; plus a curriculum vitae and contact information for at least three references to Philip Loring (email@example.com).
Application Deadline: February 10, 2020. Any applications received after the deadline will only be considered if the position is not filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
TWO MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES POSITIONS
I am co-leading the Atlantic landscape node of NSERC ResNet. This case study landscape is the Bay of Fundy dykeland system, which has largely replaced its salt marshes with drained agricultural land starting with French settlement in the 1600s (read more here: https://bit.ly/347bck7). Sea level rise and increasing storm activity means difficult decisions on which dykes should be reinforced for agricultural persistence, which may need to be shortened to reduce infrastructure burdens, and where tidal marsh restoration may be feasible to provide natural protections. The early years of NSERC ResNet will see us exploring ecosystem service delivery from dykelands and marshes, and intermediary states, to inform those decisions.
I am looking for up to two students to begin Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) with me at Dalhousie (https://bit.ly/2D4DUGo) to tackle research on how settlers and Mi’kmaq use and value the drained agricultural land (dykelands) and the salt marshes they replaced (and to which sections will return if abandoned or realigned). Opportunities for students as part of NSERC ResNet are many and include additional training opportunities as well as national and international internships and networking. Candidates should be socially curious, ideally trained in social science fields (e.g. first degrees in Geography, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Planning) and interested in methods such as quantitative surveys and/or semi-structured interviews. Canadians and permanent residents in Canada will be given preference, but we are extremely keen to hear from students who identify as belonging to equity-seeking groups (This helps clarify what that means to Dalhousie:https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/hres/Self-ID-prospective-employees-2017.pdf. Aboriginal students are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please contact me to express interest (have a look here first: http://katesherren.org/how-to-express-interest-in-working-with-me/), and be prepared to provide a c.v., unofficial transcripts, and evidence of English competency and skill.
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW (T2-PDF1), MODELING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES ACROSS CANADA
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $50,000 per annum + benefits
Duration: 2 years
Location: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Supervisors: Dr. Brian Robinson (McGill) and Dr. Lael Parrott (UBC-Okanagan)
Description: This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated quantitative geographer or interdisciplinary scientist to join a dynamic research consortium and contribute to innovative research through developing next-generation ecosystem service models that integrate nature and people. The
PDF will source available data and develop appropriate quantitative methods in developing these models.
The research program involves a consortium of leading universities across Canada working with local government and civil society partners to address real-world issues in 6 working landscapes, and is highly interdisciplinary. We will use methods and tools from a range of disciplines to model the impacts of policy scenarios on changes in ecosystem services and the resulting benefits to people.
The position will be based at McGill’s Department of Geography and be co-supervised by Drs. Robinson and Parrott. The successful PDF will benefit from opportunities to collaborate with world-class investigators in Canada and our partner institutions, attend technical workshops and team meetings, and contribute to local policy debates in our sample of working landscape.
The successful candidate must have an exceptional aptitude for analytical and critical thinking about scientific problems, data, and analytical methods; strong written and oral communication capabilities; motivation for problem solving; aptitude for interdisciplinary research and teamwork; and ability to work and learn independently. For postdoctoral appointees, there will be scope for
the post holder to transition from mentored research to an independent research agenda.
- PhD in quantitative geography or similar, with applied computer programming experience.
- Technical competence in spatial science, data science, and applications to geographic information systems
- Familiarity with data sources that could characterize the supply of ecosystem services and community beneficiaries that use ecosystem services
- Track record of technical and scholarly excellence as demonstrated through publications, methods development, and applications
- Background in ecosystem services
- Superior data management and organizational skills
- Some familiarity with machine/deep learning is a plus
1. To apply existing methods or developing new ones for characterizing ecosystem services at the landscape scale
2. To implement and test algorithms and models
3. To report and discuss the inputs, methods, and results of the analyses to audiences in different fields and disciplines
4. To take initiatives in the planning of research
5. To participate in reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and submission to research sponsors
6. To attend research group meetings and other relevant meetings
7. To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
8. Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by supervisor
Application details: Interested candidates should email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (with subject: ES modelling Postdoc) with a single PDF containing (in order):
1. A cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications
2. A full curriculum vitae
3. Contact information for at least 2 references, and
4. One or two sample publications.
Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019. Competitive candidates will begin to be contacted shortly thereafter, with review ongoing until a suitable candidate is found. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We welcome applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender.