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  • Conservation of grassland songbirds

    • Employer: University of Manitoba
      Location: Winnipeg
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 09/25/2018
      Open Until Filled: No



    The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba is seeking one or more graduate students for research on the conservation of grassland songbirds in Canada. Chestnut-collared longspurs, Baird’s sparrows and others will be among key focal species. The successful applicant will work on one of the world’s largest manipulative field ecology noise experiments to help us understand effects of anthropogenic noise on birds, particularly from a behavioral and/or physiological / and or trophic level interactions approach. The research will also contribute to knowledge that will lead to mitigating effects of oil and gas development on birds. The student will primarily be based in Winnipeg during the year, with field research conducted in southern Alberta.


    Only NSERC-qualified candidates will be considered at this time (Canadians and permanent residents in Canada). Applicants will be required to apply for NSERC before the program deadline this fall. http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp


    A PhD position would be within the 4-year Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program based at the NRI, which is primarily dissertation-driven, complemented by 4 graduate courses. Masters candidates would complete the Masters of Natural Resources Management program, an interdisciplinary program that is both course and thesis based. More information on academic programs can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/institutes/natural_resources/. The NRI is an interdisciplinary unit that embraces the need to understand ecology, human dimensions and economic factors that influence environmental sustainability.


    Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate background and interest in avian ecology and conservation, plus strong research potential and academic background. Preference will be given to applicants with experience mist-netting and banding passerines, and with avian surveying experience.


    Apply with CV, unofficial transcripts, writing sample (e.g. essay / manuscript), and 3 references (email and phone numbers) to Dr. Nicola Koper at nicola.koper@umanitoba.ca.

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