Website Ryerson University
Linkages between forest management and mercury cycling in streams
A PhD position is available in the Department of Biology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Dr. Stephanie Melles and Dr. Robert Mackereth (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources).
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. The PhD student will develop watershed-based models for risk-BMP combinations that capture the risk of mercury methylation and mobilization to receiving streams. It may include field studies to check GIS and spatial model predictions.
Qualified applicants will have a solid quantitative background, expertise in complex statistical analysis and a strong interest in stream and riparian systems. Experience with spatial analysis, Geographic Information Systems, R Statistical Computing, and strong communication and interpersonal skills would be considered strong 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 as 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. Stephanie Melles
Assistant Professor, Spatial Ecology
Department of Chemistry & Biology
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3
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