The CHANGE Lab at the University of Alberta is recruiting multiple PhD students for funded collaborative research projects in three areas of marine global change ecology and conservation: 1) ecology and management of marine biological invasions, 2) marine food webs and fisheries under climate change, and 3) dynamics and recovery in restored coastal ecosystems. You can read more about each theme here. Projects will begin in either summer or fall 2022.
We study the causes and consequences of biodiversity change in marine ecosystems, with the goal of developing science-based tools to inform conservation and restoration under global change. Projects use a range of methods including field experiments, theoretical and statistical models, studies along environmental gradients, and stakeholder surveys to understand how drivers of biological invasion, climate change, and harvesting are altering the structure and function of marine ecosystems and the services they provide to people. Our focal systems include temperate and tropical marine environments in the Eastern North Pacific and the Tropical Western Atlantic. Our projects feature strong partnerships with researchers and practitioners internationally to ensure that the co-developed research addresses practical information needs, as well as intriguing scientific questions.
Members of the CHANGE Lab are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and antiracist space for scientists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to thrive. Learn more about our action plan to uphold the group’s mission and values here.
Students will be members of the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Applied and Natural Sciences at the University of Alberta, one of the top five research universities in the country. UAlberta is located in Edmonton, Canada, a capital city located about 3 hours from world-class outdoor adventuring in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The College provides a large and highly interactive interdisciplinary community of faculty, graduate students, and post-docs with access to state-of-the-art resources including the Elco Engineering Garage, Biochemical Analytical Services Laboratory, and Serus high-performance computing network.
All accepted PhD students are guaranteed a year-round stipend that is among the highest in Canada and health benefits for five years. Costs for student research projects and professional development will be funded from grants secured by our lab from NSERC, the Canada Research Chairs program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Lenfest Ocean Program.
The CHANGE Lab provides individual-centered mentorship utilizing a multi-mentor model centered on individual lab member needs and career goals. Applicants who self-identify as individuals from groups historically excluded from ecology and environmental science are particularly encouraged to apply.
For more information or to ask questions about the position, please email Dr. Stephanie Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Prospective Graduate Student” in the subject line. To apply, please submit your CV and answers to 5 questions about your experience and interests by December 10th here: https://forms.gle/3dRdB11fXd3QxQrc7 . Selected applicants will be contacted for a Zoom interview by January 3rd ahead of the formal DBS application deadline of February 1, 2022.
Are you an undergraduate student looking to gain research experience? There are many opportunities to get involved in collaborative research with members of our lab through UAlberta independent research course (BIOL 298, 398, 399, 499) and summer research assistantships. Please get in touch about your interest via email in advance of the semester in which you’d like to conduct research. Two excellent opportunities for funded summer research with our lab are fellowships through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award program (open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only) and the University of Alberta Undergraduate Research Initiative (open to all UAlberta students). Applications are generally due in February for May/June start dates.
I welcome all inquiries and enjoy assisting with funding applications to support our work together. There are many excellent postdoctoral funding programs available to support your research, including: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, Banting Fellowships, Liber Ero Conservation Research Fellowships, and David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships. From time to time I will post specific research opportunities on this page as funding is available (please check back).