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PhD opportunity

Cumulative effects with Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Location: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia.

To address the Cumulative Effects Monitoring Initiative (CEMI) project objectives and questions, we require a spatiotemporal food web model that will produce spatially specific information regarding historic, current and future changes to the food web and ecosystem in Burrard Inlet. The model will need to consider trophic connections, biological and physical processes, and environmental conditions that drive and limit productivity, and is to be developed based on the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) modeling framework. It is intended to link the model to a hydrodynamic model, and to consider the impact of chemical and microbial contamination data, habitat data and other sub-lethal effects. It is the intention to develop an EwE model for Burrard Inlet, taking advantage of extensive data collection as well as historical information for the Inlet.

As part of this, we are searching for a PhD student that will be based at UBC, but spend a considerable part of the time with project partners at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Kerr Wood Leidal. The PhD student will be focused on constructing the EwE model from field and historical data collected by TWN, and the work will in support of and close cooperation with TWN’s CEMI.

The PhD student is expected to provide input identifying important data gaps, analyzing existing data that may be of use, and to start developing a model as early as possible in order to ensure its maximum suitability for the TWN and CEMI. The student is expected to have an background in and interest for quantitative analysis and statistics, including for modelling. Experience with EwE is an asset, but not a requirement. The student must be admitted as a graduate student at UBC, and thus must fulfill UBC’s requirements, including for education and language capabilities.

Deadline: As soon as possible

Postdoctoral opportunity

Pan-Canadian biodiversity mapping using eDNA
Location: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia.

We are seeking an outstanding and dynamic post-doctoral candidate to lead the analysis of pan-Canadian biodiversity using eDNA data, to foster continued collaboration and data-sharing amongst a national team of scientists involved in biodiversity monitoring at multiple taxonomic levels, and to develop outreach activities to communicate the findings of the science program of the Canada C3 Expedition, held during the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Deadline: As soon as possible

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