Graduate student position(s) in aquatic biogeochemistry and citizen science

Website FinlayScience University of Regina

We are seeking a graduate student (either MSc or PhD) to conduct research in limnology at the University of Regina. The position(s) will be held in the Finlay lab and working closely with the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina. IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences and houses state-of-the-art equipment for a range of water quality analyses.

Potential projects include:

Carbon and sulfur cycling in small ponds: Small ponds located in the northern Great Plains are highly active sites for sulfur and carbon cycling (in addition to other elements), with profound implications on the structure and functioning of these ecosystems.  We seek to understand how natural and anthropogenic factors influence elemental cycling, and the (literal and figurative) downstream impacts on aquatic ecosystem health and service provisioning. This work builds on previous research on greenhouse gases in southern Saskatchewan (Webb et al 2019 Biogeosciences. 16: 4211; Webb et al 2019 PNAS 116: 9814)

Citizen Science for recreational water use: We are expanding a citizen science program in Saskatchewan in collaboration with government and non-governmental partners. The student will be involved in advancing affordable and reliable techniques to monitor recreational water quality. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary research and working closely with groups outside of academia, as well as advanced analytical techniques for the translation of water quality data.

The successful graduate student will have experience in aquatic sampling and knowledge of aquatic biogeochemistry and water quality. The candidate should be comfortable with travel in rural environments and working on the water. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to publish their research in leading journals and present at conferences.  Funding is min. $21,000 (CAD) per year for the graduate position. Travel for field work and conferences will be covered.

Interested individuals should provide unofficial transcripts, CVs, a letter outlining relevant background and interest in the research and team at the U of R, and contact information for at least two references to Kerri Finlay ( Feel free to email for more information!

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