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Ph.D. Opportunity: Moose Ecology in Saskatchewan, Canada

Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Closing: Please contact me by August 15, 2022. M.Sc. preferred. Candidates should have publications in mainstream peer-reviewed journals and a GPA equivalent of A or higher over the past two years of coursework.

Apply: Email CV and pdf copies of both undergrad and graduate transcripts. Email to [email protected]. Please write “Moose Ecology” as the subject line.

Description: In collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (CANADA), industrial partners, and Indigenous groups, USask is developing a long-term research program on the ecology of moose in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. This opportunity is specific to moose to understand the linkage between habitat selection and survival, and gain important insight into population dynamics (survival, recruitment, and trend), harvest, and relationships with predators and other ungulates. The Ph.D. is fully funded commencing Sept 1, 2022, or January 1, 2023; and will interface both theory and applied ecology to inform management of moose in Saskatchewan and abroad. Habitat selection and fates of approximately 100 moose in Saskatchewan will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of moose population ecology in an area undergoing rapid landscape change and the emergence of novel disease, including meningeal worm. The student will help develop and test theory on causes and consequences of landscape and environmental change, while helping us to meet objectives of developing a strong understanding of the applied ecology to inform management. Field work will principally occur in winter and include coordinating logistics and participating in moose captures and GPS collaring, and especially timely investigation of moose mortality sites. This Ph.D. will complement the graduate and post-doctoral projects of several students, whom will be working together to promote a multidisciplinary project aimed at conserving wildlife and promoting northern food security.

The project is fully funded at $25,000 CAD per year; however, students will be expected to apply for internal and external scholarships, including NSERC PGS-D scholarships (if Canadian).

The successful student will have an opportunity to engage with a large lab working on related questions with respect to large-mammal population dynamics. There will also be opportunities to work collaboratively with a diversity of staff from the Ministry of Environment. Students can expect to publish outside of one’s own thesis topic as part of whole-lab research questions.

Evidence of familiarity with ungulate population dynamics, generalized linear models, and programming in the R language is an asset.

Interested applicants should contact me as soon as possible by email ([email protected]), and be prepared to submit a current CV with copies of transcripts. Website: http://mcloughlinlab.ca/lab/


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