We are seeking an MSc candidate to investigate efficacy of aquatic invasive species decontamination protocols related to the recreational boating pathway. The student would be based at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and co-advised by Dr Shelley Arnott (Queen’s Dept of Biology) and Dr Tim Johnson (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). The position could start May 2018. Interested applications can contact Dr Arnott (613-546-3051, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Johnson (email@example.com) for more information or to forward a CV and expression of interest.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) remain a significant threat to the world’s aquatic resources, compromising infrastructure, affecting water quality and habitat, and impacting food webs. Recreational boating is a prominent pathway for spread of AIS between different lakes and watersheds. Various recommendations have been made to mitigate against the likelihood of spread via the recreational boating pathway, however the efficacy of these measures has not been quantified. The student may elect to use one or more of field, laboratory or modelling approaches to investigate existing or propose new / alternate decontamination protocols to aid natural resource managers in recommending best management practices to combat the threat of AIS in Ontario and elsewhere.