Masters Position Acadia

Use of acoustic telemetry and First Nations’ traditional knowledge to determine the movements and habitat use of valued aquatic species, and their environmental correlates

Applications are being accepted for 2 students interested in completing a Master of Science degree through Acadia University. This is an NSERC-funded project that aims to enable better stewardship of marine resources by creating a collaboration among Mi’kmaw technical organizations, Mi’kmaw knowledge holders, academia, and other local stakeholders to increase our understanding of the movements and seasonal habitat use of valued species, including American eel and Atlantic tomcod in the Minas Basin.

Building on Mi’kmaq and Western Knowledge, and in collaboration at all levels with Mi’kmaw and local knowledge holders, acoustic telemetry programs will be designed and executed to document the movements and temporal and spatial habitat use of the eel and tomcod and link them to environmental correlates. Data and results from the research will flow through Mi’kmaw technical bodies and governance structures, enhancing evolving co-management approaches for marine resources in the study regions. The graduate students will be supervised by Dr. Michael Stokesbury and housed in the Coastal Ecology Lab at Acadia University (http://coastalecology.acadiau.ca/Home_Page.html). Co-supervisors may include Dr. Fred Whoriskey and Dr. Sara Iverson at Dalhousie University and the Ocean Tracking Network (http://oceantrackingnetwork.org/). Students will work closely with Mi’kmaw and community partners, as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). 

Candidates should have, or be able to readily 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 preferred, but additional training will be provided. While students will be based at Acadia University, travel to field locations in Fundy and Truro region, NS, will be required.

Research will focus on:

  1. Nearshore movements
  2. Riverine and coastal ecology
  3. Determination of critical habitat

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing research experience and interests, your CV, current academic transcripts (unofficial is sufficient for now), and the names and contact information for three persons willing to provide a letter of reference. Please email these documents to Evelien VanderKloet (evelien.vanderkloet@dal.ca) with the subject line “Masters Application_Fundy” as soon as possible. While we intend to start the positions by Spring 2019, official academic enrolement can coincide with the academic calendar. The competition will remain open until suitable candidates are selected. While we welcome candidates from all ethnicities, preference will be given to Indigenous students. Please contact us directly if you have any questions regarding the project. Minimum admission requirements are based on standards set by Acadia University Graduate Studies (https://gradstudies.acadiau.ca/Graduate_Admissions.html).

Mi'kmaw Conservation Group
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
Acadia University
Ocean Tracking Network
Dalhousie University