This is a fully-funded Master’s position. All tuition and student fees will be covered, and the student will receive a $15,000 annual stipend. Limited funding is also available to support travel between Cape Breton and Halifax, and for field work.

While some coursework may need to be completed in Halifax, the successful candidate will have the option of being based full-time in Cape Breton and arrangements are available to support remote study. Candidate will be required to conduct field work in-person out of Eskasoni, NS. Mi’kmaw students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apoqnmatulti’k (“we help each other”) is a collaborative project looking at the movement and seasonal habitat use of lobster and American eel in the Bras d’Or Lake. The study incorporates local, Mi’kmaw, and Western knowledge systems with a focus on co-learning and co-management.

The Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR) and the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) are currently accepting applications for a student interested in completing a fully-funded Masters (Science, Environmental Studies, or related degree) through Dalhousie University. Other project partners include the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Acadia University.

The supervisory team for this Master’s project includes Shelley Denny (UINR) and Drs. Sara Iverson, Fred Whoriskey, and Megan Bailey (OTN/Dalhousie University).


Candidates should have, or be willing to acquire, knowledge on acoustic telemetry, data analysis, fish ecology, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary teams. Experience conducting field work and performing animal capture and tagging is an asset, but additional training will be provided. Candidates must be willing to incorporate multiple ways of knowing into their research. 

Candidates must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Statistics, Integrative Science, Environmental Studies, or a related field.

Candidates should be available for a Fall 2019 start date, with the option of starting earlier if possible. 


Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the project, resume, academic transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and the names and contact information for 3 references. Applications should be submitted to Evelien VanderKloet ( with the subject line “Masters Application_Bras d’Or” as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


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