[MARMAM] PhD studentship opportunity in Marine Ecology

Ruth Joy rjoy at sfu.ca
Sat Oct 8 14:02:56 PDT 2022


Dear MARMAM Community,

We are reposting a PhD studentship opportunity in Marine Ecology to
encourage more applications (both English and French) to the following:

*PhD thesis topic*: Increasing our understanding of climate change impacts
on a keystone species in the Arctic: the hooded seal

*Project description*: Over recent decades, the Arctic has experienced a
warming three times faster than the global average, resulting in major
changes in ice and oceanographic conditions. These structural changes
impact organisms at every level of the Arctic food web from phytoplankton
to top predators. Ice seals are considered bio-indicators of the Arctic
ecosystem health, yet little is known about how ice seals have responded
both horizontally and vertically to seasonal and annual changes in the
Arctic ecosystem in the past. As the Arctic continues to lose ice, this
study will examine future consequences of these ecosystem changes on ice
seals.
Successful candidates will combine biologging-derived behavioural and
movement data, environmental data and simulation modelling to 1)
characterize the foraging behaviours of hooded seals using tri-dimensional
movement data, their relation to foraging efficiency, and to their habitat
characteristics; 2) assess changes in foraging efficiencies through
time-series data and their links to population trajectory; 3) build models
that predict the future vertical distribution of the Arctic hooded seal.
This research will allow us to infer mechanistic links between the ice
seals foraging ecology and their physical environment, and better
understand the impacts of environmental changes on ice seal individuals and
populations from forecasts of climate induced habitat shifts.

Qualifications: We seek candidates with an MSc in Marine Ecology, Biology
or Ocean Sciences, with a creative and collaborative spirit that will help
foster a collegial culture that is grounded in equity, diversity and
inclusiveness. She/He must be highly autonomous and able to adapt quickly
to different lab/team/country settings as this PhD is co-supervised between
French and Canadian institutions. Proficiency in English is mandatory. The
candidate is expected to complete his PhD in 36mo (France requirements).

Research abilities:
  *   Programming (proficient in R and/or matlab)
  *   Advanced statistical modelling
  *   Biologging data analysis
  *   Oceanographic data analysis
  *   Scientific writing and communication

Location: The candidate will be registered at La Rochelle University in
France but will be co-supervised between Dr Tiphaine Jeanniard du Dot from
Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé at La Rochelle University and Dr Ruth
Joy from School of Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University in
Canada. The candidate will be expected to start their degree in France but
will be encouraged to spend time in both institutions/countries during the
course of their doctoral studies.

*Start date*: March 2023
*Application deadline*: Oct 15th 2022

To apply: Please send CV with references, Statement of Research Interest (1
page) and unofficial copy of transcripts to :
Dr Tiphaine Jeanniard du Dot tiphaine.jeanniard-du-dot at cebc.cnrs.fr
Dr Ruth Joy rjoy at sfu.ca <r.joy at sfu.ca>
or contact us for more information.





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Dr Tiphaine Jeanniard du Dot
Centre D'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé - Équipe Prédateurs Marins
CNRS - Université de la Rochelle, France.

Dr Ruth Joy,
School of Environmental Science
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.




--
Ruth Joy, PhD
www.sfu.ca/~rjoy
1-604-215-4415

*I respectfully acknowledge SFU is on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the
traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish)  and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.*


-- 
Ruth Joy, PhD
www.sfu.ca/~rjoy
1-604-215-4415

*I respectfully acknowledge SFU is on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the
traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish)  and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.*
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