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.
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
ONE MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES POSITION
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.
Kate Sherren is looking for one student to begin a Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) at Dalhousie (https://bit.ly/2D4DUGo) to tackle research on how 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 ethnography 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). First Nation students are particularly encouraged to apply for this, but all applications are welcome. Our partner, Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, is offering the opportunity to embed within their organization to improve community integration, regardless of background.
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.
PHD STUDENTS (T3-PHD1; T3-PHD2), SPATIAL ECOLOGY - ECOSYSTEM SERVICE NETWORKS
McGill University & University of Toronto