Post Doctoral Fellow Positions in Fish Movement, Trophic Ecology and Conservation

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Posted February 18th 2017 – application open until suitable candidates are recruited

The Hussey Lab in Biological Sciences, University of Windsor is seeking Post-Doctoral Fellows to join his research program in early 2017. The research will focus on understanding the movement ecology and trophic interactions of commercially important and endangered species across the Canadian Arctic and at several tropical study sites under the framework of climate change. Research themes include; fisheries management issues at both community and commercial scales, advancing deep water telemetry approaches and quantitative methods to analyze these data, the relevance of marine protected areas for species/ecosystem conservation and management and advancing our understanding of species interactions through flexible food web modelling approaches and improved understanding of the mechanistic basis of niche. Specifically, the lab is looking for candidates who have experience with telemetry (satellite/acoustic and archival biologgers) and/or chemical tracer techniques (bulk stable isotopes, AA-CSIA etc), is able to deal with large data sets, have a strong quantitative and theoretical background and wish to be involved in projects with challenging fieldwork components. The position may involve extensive travel to remote areas nationally and internationally. The successful candidates will be able to operate independently and as part of broader multi-disciplinary research teams, communicate with diverse stakeholders and be willing to share their expertise and enthusiasm among laboratory group members.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Hussey (nehussey@uwindsor.ca) and include a cover letter identifying their research/academic/fieldwork experience to date, research interests, a full curriculum vitae, relevant transcripts, and names of two referees. Please cc all correspondence to Stephanie Isaac (shisaac@uwindsor.ca)

PhD POSITION FOCUSED ON SPATIAL ASPECTS OF THE BEAUFORT SEA FOOD WEB

Posted February 13th 2017

Dr. Nigel Hussey (University of Windsor – Biological Sciences) and Dr. Lisa Loseto (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) are seeking an eligible student to begin a PhD program at the University of Manitoba or the University of Windsor beginning in May 2017 or September 2017 (summer field work in 2017 is required). Under the co-supervision of Dr. Loseto and Dr. Hussey, a project focusing on spatial aspects of the Beaufort Sea food web will be developed. Beluga are the important predators in the Beaufort Sea food web and are important to the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic. While several studies have examined these food webs using stable isotopes and fatty acids, the spatial dynamics of prey and predator interactions are poorly understood. Using telemetry techniques, including acoustic tagging of fish prey species, we aim to quantify spatial and temporal predator-prey interactions and how these seasonally structure the Beaufort food web. The overall objective is to advance static food web models for the region through developing an integrated approach to facilitate a flexible food web framework. Laboratory analysis and spatial habitat modelling will form key components of the study in addition to field telemetry techniques.

The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree, a quantitative background and knowledge in spatial analysis and broad ecological theorem, as well as field work experience with fish and/or marine mammals.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Loseto (Lisa.Loseto@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and Dr. Hussey (nehussey@uwindsor.ca) and include a cover letter identifying their research/academic/fieldwork experience to date, research interests, a full curriculum vitae, relevant transcripts, and names of two referees.

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