[Caglist] MSc/PhD positions in Paleoecology

and PhD
Opportunities in Paleoecology and Palynology at the University
of Victoria,

I am seeking MSc
and PhD students for
graduate studies in paleoecology in the Department of Biology at
the University
of Victoria (http://bit.ly/2TYqToC),
starting September 2019. Research in my lab focuses on the
ecological dynamics of forests
since the last glaciation, wetland succession and peatland
carbon accumulation,
and the development of paleoecological tools aimed at improving
our ability to
make inferences about the past.

The available MSc
position will
focus on investigating morphological differences in fir (Abies
spp.) pollen,
for application in paleoecological studies. The area of focus
for the PhD position is open to discussion; PhD students are
encouraged to develop their
own research projects related to past ecological change.
Potential research
areas include: long-term forest dynamics including disturbance
regimes; the
past effects of tephra deposition on plant communities and lake
and, the links between climate, vegetation and carbon
accumulation in
peatlands. PhD-level research combining paleoecological
techniques with neoecological
and/or molecular approaches is also possible.

Research funding
and a guaranteed
stipend are available. Ideal candidates will have a solid
background in paleoecology
or a related discipline, and excellent academic standing.
Applicants for the
PhD position must have a MSc degree or equivalent experience.
Interested applicants
are encouraged to send a brief statement of research interests,
their CV and unofficial
university transcripts, and contact information for two academic
references to
Dr. Terri Lacourse (tlacours@uvic.ca).

Information about
graduate studies
at the University of Victoria can be found at: http://bit.ly/2DgZbhk.

Terri Lacourse
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2Y2 Canada


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