Graduate Opportunity: Agricultural Stream Food Webs

A graduate student (M.Sc. or Ph.D) is sought to investigate benthic food webs of Red River tributary streams in southern Manitoba, Canada. Tenure of the student will be in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick as part of a joint initiative with the Canadian Rivers Institute and the Canadian Water Network. Research team members include Drs. Joseph Culp (benthic ecology), Patricia Chambers (nutrient biochemistry) and Adam Yates (landscape ecology). The project will evaluate the role of agriculture as a modifier of both physical-chemical environment and food webs of these tributary streams. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing field studies, interpreting stable isotope analyses, and analyzing and reporting research outcomes.

Applicants are expected to have a background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline, and interest in conducting field monitoring and working in a lab. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Required qualifications:
• B.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
• Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept. Biology, University of New Brunswick http://www.unb.ca/gradstudies/

Additional desired qualifications:
• Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
• Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
• Ability to conduct field work in remote locations

Please send your CV, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Joseph Culp at jculp@unb.ca. Start date is May 2013 with employment opportunity as a research assistant from May through August 2013, followed by full graduate funding through December 2015 (M.Sc.) or 2016 (Ph.D). Review of applications will begin February 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

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