Oferta de doctorado estudiando ecología de caballos salvajes (Canadá) ~ Bioblogia.net

5 de abril de 2016

Oferta de doctorado estudiando ecología de caballos salvajes (Canadá)

Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada AND/OR University of
Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (collaboration). Field work occurs on
Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Supervisors: Dr. Keith A. Hobson, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
and Dr. Philip McLoughlin, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Salary: $20000/year ($CAD) for a minimum of 3 years.

Start date: September 1st 2016 (preferred) or May 1st 2017.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applications will begin being reviewed May 1, 2016
(note: previous applicants to this post need not reapply).


We are looking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to our long- term
individual-based study of feral horses on Sable Island (Nova Scotia,
Canada) initiated in 2007. This Ph.D. project is specifically aimed at
following up on a recent paper in the journal Ecology (McLoughlin, P.D.,
Lysak, K., Debeffe, L., Perry, T., and Hobson, K.A. 2016. Density-dependent
resource selection by a terrestrial herbivore in response to sea-to-land
nutrient transfer by seals. Ecology, accepted March 14, 2016). The project
will focus on the evolutionary consequences of a strong gradient in habitat
quality along the length of the island (horse density drops by half from west
to east). The student will investigate sources of nutrition and drinking water
to feral horses using naturally occurring stable isotope (d13C, d15N, d2H)
tracers as well as more conventional methods. The student will spend up to 2
months on Sable Island each summer for fieldwork. Daily tasks, shared by the
entire research team, will include walking censuses and photography of horses,
collection of samples, laboratory work, identification of individuals from
digital photographs, and database management. Students visiting Sable Island
must work well in teams, deal well with life in a remote research station, be
able to travel by small airplane, fishing trawler, helicopter, or frigate, and
be reasonably fit as walking censuses require lots of hiking. Courses on first
aid and driving All Terrain Vehicles will be provided prior to fieldwork.

This position is fully funded for a minimum of 3 years (salary of $20000/year $CAD) but the student will be expected to apply for internal scholarships (e.g., teaching assistant positions) and external scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

While all applications are welcomed, preference will be given to Canadians who
are competitive for an NSERC scholarship (GPA > 3.8) and international
students who can secure a scholarship in their home country. Previous
experience with using stable isotope methods in ecological research is an

To apply send an email titled SABLE ISLAND PHD 2016 by MAY 1, 2016 to
philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca and khobson6@uwo.ca (cc’d) including:

- A short summary of research interests
- A current CV
- PDFs of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- The names and email addresses of 3 potential references

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