PhD position available
A PhD position is available at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (FOREM) and Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), University of New Brunswick (Fredericton NB; unb.ca) to assess and address water quality and quantity (e.g., WQ, temperature, flows), in the context of developing integrated watershed management planning for the Wəlastəkw | St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada.
Environmental flows describe the “quantity, timing, and quality of freshwater flows and levels necessary to sustain aquatic ecosystems which, in turn, support human cultures, economies, sustainable livelihoods, and well-being” (Brisbane Declaration, 2018). This balance of societal, cultural and ecosystem needs is captured within the Ecological Limits Of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) framework. ELOHA integrates ecosystem- based data with societal and cultural system inputs to develop hypotheses that support the development of an evidence-based, adaptive flow management framework.
This PhD research project will be part of a larger, inter-disciplinary project to support the development and integration of the societal and cultural inputs with the existing ecosystem components for the Wəlastəkw | St. John River. Results from the project will help to identify management triggers to characterise ecosystem- and societal-based deviations from long-term monitoring data, develop regulatory targets that can be linked to ecosystem services, and support decision-making processes for the future management of the river.
Qualified applicants will have an Masters degree in geographical, environmental, biological sciences or related fields, with demonstrated evidence of research potential (including publications), strong quantitative and statistical skills, and have a strong work ethic and keen interest in aquatic ecosystem health. Experience managing and analyzing large datasets, with strong communication, project management and interpersonal skills are assets.
With a preferred start date of May 2019, the successful applicant will work with multi-disciplinary researchers from the CRI, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and FOREM, University of New Brunswick, as well as engage and collaborate with project partners from various government, non- governmental organization, and Indigenous rightsholders.
Full salary and research support are provided. Interested applicants should send an application package including cover letter, unofficial transcripts, CV, and contact information for three academic/research references via email to Dr. Michelle Gray (email@example.com) and Dr. Wendy Monk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.