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MSc Positions in Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology Summer & Fall 2016

Posted by CRI Programs   |   April 6, 2016

Positions are available for MSc students at the Canadian Rivers Institute and Biology Department, University of New Brunswick, in 1) impacts of forestry on stream ecosystems, and 2) effects of aquaculture on invertebrate biodiversity in the Bay of Fundy.

1) This MSc research will examine the cumulative effects of forest management on stream networks in northern New Brunswick. It includes intensive field studies to determine the influences of forest condition and structure on fish community composition and food web structure (Fredericton, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management; co-supervised Dr. Michelle Gray and Dr. Karen Kidd; Sep 16 start preferred).

2) This MSc research is examining whether organisms at sites near aquaculture operations show changes in community biodiversity, contaminant concentrations and nutrient uptake.  This study will involve fieldwork with artificial substrates, metals and stable isotope analyses, and taxonomic analyses of samples at sites in the Bay of Fundy, southwestern New Brunswick (Saint John, Department of Biology; supervised by Dr. Karen Kidd).

Qualified applicants will have an undergraduate degree in Biological and/or Environmental Sciences, competence in statistics and a strong interest in aquatic ecosystem health.

Experience collecting and identifying aquatic invertebrates and fishes, and strong communication and interpersonal skills are also assets. Applicants should be willing to work in remote areas, sometimes under inclement conditions. The successful applicant will work at the state-of-the-art facilities at the Canadian Rivers Institute (, University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and/or Saint John as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Full salary and research support are provided. Interested applicants should send an application, including unofficial transcripts, a C.V. and contact information for three academic/research references, to:

(1) Dr. Michelle Gray
Canadian Rivers Institute & Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management
28 Dineen Drive
Fredericton, NB

(2) Dr. Karen Kidd
Canada Research Chair
Canadian Rivers Institute & Biology Department
University of New Brunswick Saint John
100 Tucker Park Road
Saint John, NB

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