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MITACS Summer Graduate Student Intern

Location: BC, Canada

Coastal communities and fishermen in British Columbia are facing a suite of issues that can challenge the continuity of the livelihoods of individual fishermen and influence community development outcomes. Some of the challenges facing fishers in BC include changing markets, climate, spatial competition, ecological and governance conditions. One significant and growing challenge that has been identified in BC fisheries is access – which can be defined as the ability of fishers to use and benefit from available fisheries resources. However, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge about access issues in BC – including understanding the status, the drivers and the outcomes of access issues. Lack of a comprehensive knowledge base about these issues can undermine our ability to make informed programmatic decisions and policy recommendations to address access issues in BC fisheries. This objective of this project is to develop and implement a quantitative survey of fishermen in coastal British Columbia to help to fill these gaps in knowledge. We are hiring a MITACS graduate student intern for the summer to travel to coastal communities in British Columbia to conduct the survey, enter data and write reports. Salary and travel costs will be covered.

Deadline: As soon as possible

Research Associate – in Ocean Pollution and Food-web Bioaccumulation Modelling

NF – UBC Nereus Program
Location: based at UBC

We are currently seeking a Research Associate (Research Faculty) in Ocean Pollution and Food-web Bioaccumulation Modelling with high expertise and knowledge in marine ecotoxicology, environmental toxicology and chemistry, marine mammal toxicology and food-web bioaccumulation modeling of organic contaminants (e.g., POPs, organic mercury and microplastics), microbiology, parasitology, as well as public health and environmental health policies at both regional and global scales. The Research Associate will be responsible to co-lead the Nippon Foundation-Marine Litter Project and develop, lead and participate in research fronts of the project under the Nippon Foundation and the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at University of British Columbia.
Deadline: May 10, 2019

Master’s or PhD student – Oil development and coastal communities in Latin America

Location: Latin America

There is an opportunity to work with Dr. Nathan Bennett on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “Converging Pressures and Slippery Livelihoods: The dynamics of oil extraction, fisheries, community well-being and ocean governance in Ghana and Mexico”. Dr. Nathan Bennett is the lead researcher for the Latin America portion of the project. Other project collaborators include Dr. Nathan Andrews, Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Dr. Phillipe LeBillon and Dr. Noella Gray. As the project title suggests, this small project will focus on how oil development is impacting small-scale fishing communities in two parts of the world.

The project comes with a funding opportunity for a graduate student. There is sufficient funding to cover both a small stipend/GRA position for this year and next year (~5K for each year) plus sufficient funding to cover travel and a season of field research in Mexico (or other country in Latin America). The project budget runs until April 2021. This opportunity is open to a master’s student, a PhD student, or even a post-doc. It would probably best suit either: a) a PhD student who already has some personal funding (e.g., through another scholarship) but is still looking for a project and field research funds or b) a master’s student who is ready to do field work or is coming to UBC in the fall. Pertinent and related fields of study might include human-environment geography, sustainability, political ecology, political economy, political science, anthropology, economics, planning or development studies. The specific sub-project of the graduate student would need to somehow fit within the overarching topic of oil development and coastal communities. There is flexibility on whether the field research occurs in Mexico, but it would need to be a Latin American country where coastal oil development is occurring. As such, someone who already speaks Spanish is preferred. There is also some flexibility on start date – it could be immediately or in Sept 2019.

For interested graduate students, questions, statements of interest and CVs can be sent to Nathan Bennett (

Deadline: May 20, 2019

Please also take a look at these External Opportunities.