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Three new Graduate Student Opportunities (U of Western Ontario)

Posted by Michelle Gray   |   November 20, 2014

1. Resistance of Benthic Invertebrate Communities to Human Disturbance: Role of Landscape Connectivity (MSc)
2. Land Use Effects on Ecological and Nutrient Status of Great Lakes Tributaries in Southern Ontario (MSc)
3. Assessment of Temporal and Spatial Variability in Ecosystem Function of Small Streams (PhD)


Resistance of Benthic Invertebrate Communities to Human Disturbance: Role of Landscape Connectivity

Motivated M.Sc. student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Geography at Western University to conduct inter-disciplinary research aimed at developing and testing improved assessment tools for streams in southern Ontario for use in a regional-scale monitoring framework across the region. Student project will be focused on exploring the importance of landscape connectivity as related to resistance of benthic macroinvertebrates communities to human generated disturbance. The student will have input into the formulation of research questions within the general project goals.

Student responsibilities will include researching, developing and evaluating assessment tools, as well as analyzing and reporting research outcomes. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in ecosystem and aquatic ecology and a desire to apply this knowledge to environmentally-based problems. Willingness and ability to work as part of a team is a must.

The successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario.

Required qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
  •  Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept. of Geography at Western University (http://geography.ssc.uwo.ca/grad)

Additional desired qualifications:

  •  Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
  •  Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
  •  Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
  •  Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  •  Valid Driver’s license

Please send your CV, names of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcript and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date is September 2015 with opportunity for employment as an aquatic research assistant at Western University, May through August 2015. Review of applications will begin January, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.


Land Use Effects on Ecological and Nutrient Status of Great Lakes Tributaries in Southern Ontario

Motivated M.Sc. student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Geography at Western University to conduct research as part of a joint initiative with Environment Canada to develop nutrient criteria to protect ecological integrity of Lower Great Lakes Tributaries in southern Ontario,Canada. Student project will be focused on establishing the effects of land use on ecological and nutrient status in small rivers across southern Ontario. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing experiments and analyzing and reporting research outcomes.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline and interest in designing experiments and conducting field and lab work. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

The Successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario. Opportunities for lab exchanges with Environment Canada at the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters exist.

Required qualifications:

  •  B.Sc. in Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
  •  Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept of Geography at The University of Western Ontario (http://geography.ssc.uwo.ca/grad)

Additional desired qualifications:

  •  Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
  •  Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
  •  Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
  •  Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  •  Valid Driver’s license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcript and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date is September 2015 with potential employment opportunity as a research assistant from May through August 2015. Review of applications will begin January, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.


Assessment of Temporal and Spatial Variability in Ecosystem Function of Small Streams

Motivated PhD student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Geography at Western University to conduct research on metrics of aquatic ecosystem function in streams of southern Ontario. Student project will be focused on the study of temporal and spatial variability in measures of aquatic ecosystem function, including ecosystem metabolism and decomposition, with the goal of applying this knowledge to the development of protocols for stream assessment and monitoring. Project will include a mix of field observational and experimental studies as well as controlled exposure experiments in a new state-of-the-art artificial stream facility. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing experiments and analyzing and reporting research outcomes.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline and interest in designing experiments and conducting field and lab work. Ability to work as part of a team is a must. The Successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario.

Required qualifications:

  •  M.Sc. in Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
  •  Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept of Geography at The University of Western Ontario (http://geography.ssc.uwo.ca/grad)

Additional desired qualifications:

  •  Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
  •  Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
  •  Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
  •  Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  •  Valid Driver’s license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date is September 2015 with employment opportunity as a research assistant from May through August 2015. Review of applications will begin January, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

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