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Linkages between forest management and mercury cycling in streams
A PhD position is available in the Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with Dr. Karen Kidd, Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health.
This research is part of a recently-funded, larger collaboration to understand the effects of forestry management practices on mercury cycling in headwater catchments in northern Ontario. This PhD position will examine how terrestrial-aquatic linkages and aquatic food web structure and mercury accumulation are affected by different forest harvesting practices. It includes field studies to assess organic matter quality and fate, biological communities, and food web dynamics as indicators of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, and modelling of mercury uptake and fate in stream biota and related landscape influences.
Qualified applicants will have a solid quantitative background, expertise in complex statistical analysis and a strong interest in stream and riparian systems. Experience collecting and identifying aquatic invertebrates, conducting mercury and stable isotope analyses, and strong communication and interpersonal skills are also assets. An MSc degree is required for entrance into the PhD program.
Applicants should be willing to work in remote areas, sometimes under inclement conditions. The successful applicant will work part of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and students at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Ryerson and the Canadian Forest Service in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The optimal start date for this project is May 2019. Full salary and research support are provided. Interested applicants should send an application, including unofficial transcripts, a C.V., a brief statement of experiences and interests, and contact information for three academic/research references, to:
Dr. Karen Kidd
Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health
Department of Biology; School of Geography and Earth Sciences
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L8
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