GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (M.Sc.) at Memorial University (St. John’s and Corner Brook, NL, Canada) beginning September 2021 (or January 2022) -- A M.Sc. graduate assistantship is available to conduct research assessing spatial ecology and habitat use of ptarmigan species in Labrador. Specific goals include developing a clear understanding of ptarmigan winter and summer range, mapping potential habitat for ptarmigan, and predicting potential impacts of climate change on ptarmigan populations and migration. The project will be conducted in collaboration with staff from Nunatsiavut Government, members of local communities in Labrador, and staff from both the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division and Parks Canada. The overall objective of the project will be to generate information that supports ptarmigan conservation by the province and Nunatsiavut, and which is relevant to the lives of Inuit in the region.
The position will be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Warkentin (Memorial University) and Dr. Darroch Whitaker (Parks Canada). There may be opportunities to participate in field work being carried out by the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division and Nunatsiavut Government and to support a related Inuit knowledge study, but primary responsibility of the student will be analyses of tracking data. Strong applicants will have (1) developed statistical skills (experience working with large datasets would be an asset); (2) experience working with geospatial data and applications such as ARC GIS; and (3) be interested in conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research that respects and embraces Indigenous values, knowledge and perspectives. The candidate must meet Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program requirements (www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/cognitive.php) with a B.Sc. in biology, ecology or relevant field and be eligible for fellowship support; stipend of $20,500 plus research funding, with the opportunity to earn more through teaching assistant positions. Please send (as electronic attachments) a letter of interest, CV and un-official transcripts, and also arrange for three professional/academic references to be sent to DR. IAN WARKENTIN (Email ian.warkentin-at-grenfell.mun.ca). Application review begins 28 July 2021 and continues until the position is filled.