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M.Sc. opportunity studying flow effects on stream water quality and fish habitat

The effects of low stream flows on water quality are becoming an increasingly important habitat issue in streams of western North America. An M.Sc. graduate opportunity is available to measure and model the effects of low stream flow and landuse on dissolved oxygen and temperature in small-stream rearing habitat for salmonids and federally threatened Salish sucker. Thesis work will include extensive collection of flow and water quality data and modelling flow effects on temperature and dissolved oxygen as a function of geomorphic and landuse variables in the lower Fraser valley of British Columbia. The long-term objective is to generate relationships to inform management of stream flows in support of fish conservation. Students with an interest and background in modelling and aquatic field ecology are preferred. Lab and field work will be part of a Master of Science degree program in the University of British Columbia Institute of Oceans and Fisheries, starting in May 2020.

For more information or to forward a CV, applicants should contact Dr. Jordan Rosenfeld, B.C. Ministry of Environment (604-398-5007, Jordan.rosenfeld@gov.bc.ca. Rosenfeld Lab