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Date of Posting: June 18, 2021

PhD Student Opportunity at Lakehead University: Evaluating the use of lake sediment eDNA for reconstructing past ecosystems and establishing restoration targets

The Community Ecology and Energetics lab (CEElab) at Lakehead University is currently recruiting a domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) PhD student interested in building off ongoing work in the lab to develop eDNA methods for reconstructing aquatic communities using lake sediments. The anticipated start date for the position is Fall of 2021.

The CEElab is led by Dr. Michael Rennie, a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University. He is also a Research Fellow with

Research will be conducted at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), an unparalleled outdoor research facility in Northwestern Ontario that has conducted whole-lake research to better inform environmental policy since 1969. Historical records of changes in zooplankton and fish communities dating back 50 years will be used to validate downcore patterns in eDNA using a combination of both species-specific primers and metabarcoding methods. Once developed, these methods will be applied to disturbed ecosystems across Ontario that are currently under recovery from industrial impacts. These methods will help to characterize pre-impact community composition to better inform restoration efforts.

The Paleo-DNA lab at Lakehead University will support this work, as well as facilities at the ELA to support field work and sample collection. It is anticipated that the student will enrol in the Biotechnology PhD program at Lakehead University. The proposed work will also work in partnership with the GEN-FISH project (Dr. Margaret Docker, University of Manitoba and Dr. Dan Heath, University of Windsor), and additional anticipated collaborations at several other institutions.

Lakehead University is located on the shores of Lake Superior, and is the only research-intensive Canadian University in Northwestern Ontario. It is well situated for supporting collaborations with other institutions, approximately 3 hours drive from Duluth and 6 hours from the ELA, and within a day driving to Winnipeg (2 hour flight). Funding for the position is competitive.

Interested students should send a CV, cover letter expressing interest and relevant skills, as well as a copy of recent unofficial transcripts to mrennie@lakeheadu.ca. Review of applications will occur as they are received. While the position is targeted at domestic students, we encourage all qualified applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds and gender identities, indigenous persons, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. A PDF version of this job ad can be found here.


Date of Posting: June 18, 2021

PhD Student Opportunity at Lakehead University: Demographic and bioenergetic responses of fish to a whole-lake addition of microplastics

The Community Ecology and Energetics lab (CEElab) at Lakehead University is currently recruiting a domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) PhD student interested in participating in an innovative, one-of-a-kind whole lake experiment at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area to investigate the impact of microplastics exposure on a whole lake aquatic ecosystem. The anticipated start date for the position is Fall of 2021.

Research will be conducted at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), an unparalleled outdoor research facility in Northwestern Ontario that has conducted whole-lake research to better inform environmental policy since 1969. The work will be conducted at the ELA, as part of the collaborative pELAstics investigation, led by Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Dr. Diane Orihel and Dr. Michael Rennie, and involving PI’s and collaborators from across Canada and North America, all leaders in the investigation of plastics on aquatic ecosystems.

The student will contribute to the collection of field data and analysis of data to support demographic and bioenergetic analyses, including age determination, mercury and energy density analyses of tissues, and work collaboratively with researchers at the University of Toronto and University of Manitoba to evaluate food web changes determined through diet analysis and stable isotope analyses. A background in fisheries methods, mark-recapture studies, use of bioenergetic models and statistical analyses are desireable, but training in all areas are possible as part of the program.

Lakehead University is located on the shores of Lake Superior, and is the only research-intensive Canadian University in Northwestern Ontario. It is well situated for supporting collaborations with other institutions, approximately 3 hours drive from Duluth and 6 hours from the ELA. Funding for the position is highly competitive; if a student is secured prior to May 1 2021, there is a strong possibility of support in the amount of $35,000 per year (including a TA-ship), with possible extensions of this level of support for up to 4 years. It is anticipated the student will enrol in the Environmental Biotechnology PhD program at Lakehead University.

Interested students should send a CV, cover letter expressing interest and relevant skills, as well as a copy of recent unofficial transcripts to mrennie@lakeheadu.ca. Review of applications will occur as they are received. While the position is targeted at domestic students, we encourage all qualified applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds and gender identities, indigenous persons, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. A PDF version of this job ad can be found here.


Date of Posting: June 17, 2021

Recruitment of a PhD student in Sockeye salmon nursery lake paleoecology using eDNA approaches

As a collaborative effort between Irene Gregory-Eaves (McGill), David Walsh (Concordia) and Daniel Selbie (DFO), we are recruiting a PhD student at McGill University to work on sockeye salmon nursery lake paleoecology. Sockeye salmon nursery lakes are of significant ecological, economic and cultural value to the peoples inhabiting the Pacific Rim. Over the past few decades, we have uncovered a great deal about long-term population dynamics of the Sockeye salmon from the analysis of sediment cores. Applying analyses of sedimentary DNA approaches, we have the opportunity to enhance this knowledge base and develop a portrait of how the biodiversity of coupled salmon lake-watershed systems have changed over centuries and test hypotheses about how changes to the base of these food webs could translate into energetic constraints for juvenile sockeye salmon. We have recently shown that eDNA analyses capture much of the seasonal planktonic dynamics in a lake inhabited by an endangered sockeye salmon population (Gauthier et al. 2021) and here we propose to push these efforts further by generating long-term records. We will target a suite of sockeye salmon lakes and use metabarcoding and/or metagenomic approaches to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and timing of food web changes over the past ~150 years and identify their potential drivers.

Interested students should send their CV and transcript (unofficial is OK at the inquiry stage) to irene.gregory-eaves@mcgill.ca by July 17 2021. McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigor and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. The student would be offered a guaranteed stipend according to McGill’s Department of Biology criteria, partially subsidized by the GRIL. The PDF version of the ad can be found here.


Date of Posting: June 17, 2021

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Freshwater Ecology and Evolution at McGill University

Sponsored by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie et en environnment aquatique (GRIL), the GRIL node at McGill University comprises eight aquatic scientists that span a broad range of expertise; we are advancing knowledge regarding landscape-scale processes, long-term changes in aquatic structure and function as well as ecosystem-scale trophic interactions and evolutionary dynamics. We are also connected to a larger interuniversity group (GRIL), that has a long-standing history of research excellence.

To advance bold new ideas in Freshwater Ecology and Evolution and to facilitate new collaborations among this group as well as other McGill students & faculty, we are looking to recruit a post-doctoral fellow. Broadly, we will select a candidate to develop projects that bring our research groups together, rather than working exclusively with only one or two faculty members. In addition to conducting their own original research, the successful candidate will also collaborate with the interuniversity GRIL group on data syntheses.

Assuming satisfactory performance, the selected postdoctoral fellow will be provided funding for two years. The candidate would receive a salary of $44,000/yr. + McGill University benefits.

Application requirements: Candidates will be required to submit their CV, a research proposal in Freshwater Ecology and Evolution (approximately 2 pages in length), three representative publications and the names and contact information for three references. More information about GRIL-McGill members can be found on each of the respective PIs websites listed below. We will start reviewing application on July 10th, 2021. Please send your applications as a single PDF file (file name as GRIL_lastname.firstname.pdf) to melania.cristescu@mcgill.ca. The PDF version of the ad can be found here.


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