Student Opportunity Announcements

PhD position in Watershed Science

Motivated PhD student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Geography at Western University to conduct research as part of a joint initiative with Environment Canada to develop nutrient criteria for Lower Great Lakes Tributaries in southern Ontario, Canada.  Student project will be focused on the study of measures of aquatic ecosystem function, including ecosystem metabolism and decomposition, with the goal of understanding temporal and spatial variability in response to nutrient exposure. Project will include a mix of field observational and experimental studies as well as controlled exposure experiments in a new state-of-the-art artificial stream facility.  Student responsibilities will include designing and executing experiments and analyzing and reporting research outcomes. 

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

The Successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario.  Opportunities for lab exchanges with Environment Canada at the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters exist.

Required qualifications:

• M.Sc. in Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
• Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept of Geography at The University of Western Ontario (

Additional desired qualifications:

• Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
• Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
• Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
• Valid Driver’s license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at  Start date is September 2014 with employment opportunity as a research assistant from May through August 2014.  Review of applications will begin January, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.