[MARMAM] PhD position in salmon acoustics (as killer whale prey)

Amalis Riera ariera at uvic.ca
Fri Sep 29 15:37:27 PDT 2017


PHD POSITION EXAMINING EFFECTS OF OCEAN NOISE ON SALMON 

The Juanes lab (juaneslab.weebly.com) is seeking a student to begin a
PhD at the University of Victoria (UVic) and in collaboration with Svein
Vagle (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institute Of Ocean Sciences, Sidney,
BC) and Sheila Thornton (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Enterprise
Science Center, West Vancouver, BC). The student would be part of a DFO
team working on threats to southern resident killer whales in BC. Our
specific project is focused on the effects of anthropogenic noise in the
ocean soundscape on killer whale prey, specifically salmon. Methods will
include acoustic analysis of soundscape data, field and laboratory
experiments. 

Candidates should have completed a Masters degree in biology, physics,
oceanography or related discipline and have a solid academic standing,
excellent communication skills and a strong quantitative background.
Knowledge of underwater acoustics, fish ecology/behavior, and facility
with analyzing large datasets will be an asset. Preferred start date is
January 2018, but there is some flexibility. The student will enroll in
the PhD program in the Biology Department (www.uvic.ca/science/biology)
or the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (www.uvic.ca/science/seos) at
the University of Victoria, Canada.  The laboratory portion of the
research is likely to be conducted at the DFO West Van Labs and the DFO
Cultus Lake lab. 

While at UVic the student will be able to collaborate with a large group
of scientists focused on the relationships between marine organisms and
ship noise as part of a MEOPAR project (nemesproject.com), Canadian
Healthy Ocean Network projects (chone2.ca), and with scientists at Ocean
Networks Canada (www.oceannetworks.ca) who operate two world-leading
ocean observatories in British Columbia. 

The position is fully funded for 4 years.  Additional sources of funding
are available thru the University of Victoria. The Juanes lab comprises
a large active group of postdocs, technicians and students interested in
various aspects of fisheries ecology and conservation. If you are
interested in joining the lab please send a cover letter, statement of
research goals and interests (max 2 pages), CV, unofficial transcripts,
and the names and contacts of three references to Dr. Francis Juanes at
juanes at uvic.ca by October 20, 2017.
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