Prospective graduate students
Opportunities in Marine Global Change Ecology & Conservation (Sept ’23/Jan ’24)

The Green Lab is recruiting PhD and MSc students for 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 Sept 2023 or January 2024.

About our research group:

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 tropical coral reefs in the Western Atlantic and temperate marine environments in the Eastern North Pacific. Our projects feature strong partnerships with practitioners to ensure that the co-developed research addresses practical information needs, as well as intriguing scientific questions.

Our research group is 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.

About graduate studies at UAlberta:

Students will be members of the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Alberta, one of the top five research universities in Canada. UAlberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta, 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 Elko Engineering Garage, Biochemical Analytical Services Laboratory, and Cirrus high-performance computing network.

About a graduate position in the lab:

The Green Lab provides individual-centered mentorship utilizing a multi-mentor model developed around lab member needs and career goals. All accepted students are guaranteed a year-round stipend that is among the highest in Canada and health benefits throughout the course of your degree. 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. International students are encouraged to apply and are eligible for program funding.

Applicants should:
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field by June 2023. Post-baccalaureate experience or a Master’s degree in a relevant field are strongly preferred for PhD applicants.
  • Be comfortable learning outside of classroom situations.
  • Highlight any relevant experience in the following skills: programming and/or statistical analysis, field or laboratory data collection in an aquatic setting, data wrangling/management, GIS, working in a team environment, written or oral science communication.
To apply:

To enquire, please submit your CV and answers to a few brief questions about your experience and interests by November 21, 2022 in this form. Selected applicants will be contacted for a Zoom interview by early December 2023. Candidates will then submit a formal application to the Department of Biological Sciences by February 1, 2023. For more information or to ask questions about the e lab, please email Dr. Stephanie Green ( with “Prospective Graduate Student” in the subject line.

Prospective undergraduate researchers

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.

Prospective postdoctoral fellows

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 FellowshipsBanting 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).

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