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The Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program here at Trent is broad and varied in its approach to research.  We have a number of graduate student research opportunities available for M.Sc or Ph.D. students.  Every faculty member or adjunct faculty member potentially has projects available and are willing to supervise your research.  We would strongly urge you to review the Faculty Listing from this website and directly contact ANY faculty members whose research may interest you.

Below, you will find additional research opportunities for which some of our faculty are actively recruiting.

There are additional positions available listed on the faculty websites.  Please feel free to browse. You are welcome to contact either the faculty directly or the Program Office to discuss Graduate Studies at Trent.

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Graduate Opportunities:

 

M.Sc./Ph.D. Graduate Positions

Aquatic/Marine Chemistry

An M.Sc/Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available (beginning May 2016 or September 2016) in the Guéguen’s Lab at Trent University (http://people.trentu.ca/celinegueguen/celinegueguen.html). The position will be a part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation to characterize which components of the dissolved organic matter pool make a significant contribution to the biogeochemistry of trace metals in the oceans. The student will focus on developing analytical methods for determination of major organic ligands iin natural waters. We seek applicants with a background in marine or aquatic chemistry, preferably with a degree in chemistry, oceanography, environmental science, or a closely related field. The student will be iinvolved in all aspects of the project, from field work to publication of findings. The graduate student would have the opportunity to participate in a multi-disciplinary cruise onboard an icebreaker every year.
How to apply?
Applicants are expected to have strong academic background (at least B+ or 77%), show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment.
For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Celine Gueguen at celinegueguen@trentu.ca

Students will also be required to apply to the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program.

 

M.Sc./Ph.D. Graduate Positions

Aquatic Biogeochemistry

An M.Sc/Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available (beginning May 2016 or September 2016) in the Guéguen’s Lab at Trent University (http://people.trentu.ca/celinegueguen/celinegueguen.html). The position will be a part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to study biogeochemistry of heavy metals in mining effluents. The student will focus on characterizing what effect dissolved organic matter has on metal speciation through field and laboratory activities. We seek applicants with a background in aquatic science, preferably with a degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a closely related field. The student will be involved in all aspects of the project, from field work to publication of findings. 

How to apply?
Applicants are expected to have strong academic background (at least B+ or 77%), show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Celine Gueguen at celinegueguen@trentu.ca.

Students will also be required to apply to the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program.

 

M.Sc./Ph.D. Graduate Positions

Chemical Remediation

An M.Sc/Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available (beginning May 2016 or September 2016) in the Guéguen’s Lab at Trent University (http://people.trentu.ca/celinegueguen/celinegueguen.html). The position will be a part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation to study the removal potential of biosorbents and their applications in industrial settings. The student will focus on characterizing what effect biosorbents have on heavy metals and radionuclides removal to industrial effluents through field and laboratory activities. We seek applicants with a background in aquatic chemistry, preferably with a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, or a closely related field. The student will be involved in all aspects of the project, from field work to publication of findings.

How to apply?
Applicants are expected to have strong academic background (at least B+ or 77%), show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment.
For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Celine Gueguen at celinegueguen@trentu.ca

Students will also be required to apply to the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program.

 

 

Graduate Student Opportunities

Equatic Ecology

 

In support of the development of an aquatic ecosystem classification for the province of Ontario, we are looking for a motivated graduate student at the MSc or PhD level to develop lake-stream and watershed-wide network measures. The student will develop an understanding of how lakes interact with streams on a network basis.  Focus will be on generating stream-lake network metrics that describe the size, number, arrangement, and order of lakes.  A subset of such metrics will be used to predict flow regime types based on landscape characteristics. The student will also investigate how lakes influence downstream reaches of streams and how this influence attenuates with distance downstream, stream size and reach contributing characteristics.

Key tasks include:

  • Review of literature on use of network measures in freshwater aquatic systems.
  • Develop landscape pattern metrics (like Fragstats) as descriptors of network structure that can be used as independent variables in predictive models for streams.
  • Develop and tailor network metrics (lake specific and catchment-wide) for use in aquatic stream-lake systems to predict flow regimes as an example. Flow metrics already calculated.
  • Design and undertake fieldwork to examine lake outlet zone of influence (attenuation).  This work has partially been done in the fall of 2015 at ten lake outlets. Further sampling is required in 2016-2017.

 

This is classic stream ecology research and represents a terrific mix of applied and basic science. The students will be co-supervised by aquatic ecologist Dr. Nick Jones (OMNRF - Trent University) and landscape ecologist Dr. Stephanie Melles (Ryerson University).  Students will have the opportunity to interact with academia and government personnel and work as teaching assistants if so desired.

 

Funding:  Full stipend available.

 

Primary location: Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, Peterborough ON, Canada. This position will also include extended travel to Toronto and field work throughout Ontario, Canada and Ontario’s Far North. 

Starting Date: When filled.

Project Description: Aquatic network measures.

The applicants should have a strong background in ecology.  Experience using statistical packages, GIS, MS Access is an asset but can be learned. Interested applicants should email a cover letter detailing experience, CV, and contact information for three references to nicholas.jones(AT)Ontario.ca

Nicholas Jones (Nick) PhD

River and Stream Ecology Lab | Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Adjunct Professor Trent University

Lab website http://people.trentu.ca/nicholasjones/

 

 

M.Sc. Position

Invasive Species Research

  

Project description: Non-native aquatic plants present a growing threat to aquatic ecosystems around the world.  We are increasingly aware of the roles that plant nurseries and other commercial suppliers play in facilitating biological invasions, and this awareness is slowly leading to some legislation that is aimed at limiting the sale of some non-native plants.  However, a pilot study from my lab found that sometimes plant nurseries sell native species that are actually non-native lineages, e.g. they may ship in lineages from Asia but because the species is also native to Canada, they can sell it as a native plant.  This study will aim to use phylogeographic (genetic) methods to characterize samples of aquatic plants (both native and introduced) collected from the wild, and also from commercial suppliers, in order to infer 1) the most likely geographical origin of lineages sold in Ontario, and 2) the genetic diversity of introduced plants (which in turn impacts evolutionary potential e.g. through hybridization and admixture).  This research will helpf inform legislative bodies of the importance of considering a broader range of restrictions against commercial suppliers of live plants. 

Qualifications:  BSc or similar degree.  Previous experience in field work and genetic lab work an asset, but not essential. 

How to apply: Application should include (1) a letter stating why the applicant should be considered a strong candidate for the position, (2) a CV, (3) names, with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, of two referees, and (4)any other documents that the applicant deems relevant. Please send enquiries or applications to

joannafreeland@trentu.ca .

Joanna Freeland, Dept. of Biology, Trent University

http://people.trentu.ca/joannafreeland/

 

M.Sc. Position

Conservation Genetics

Project description: The Kentucky Coffee-tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is a highly unusual, threatened species in Ontario.  It is a tree that produces toxic seeds that are thought to have been adapted to dispersal by the now-extinct mastodons, and it is also able to reproduce clonally (i.e. without sex).  Trees are either male or female, which means that populations require both types in order to sexually reproduce.  Together, these factors mean that a lot of the trees in Ontario show high genetic similarity to one another, which does not leave them well-equipped to respond to environmental threats such as disease or climate change.  In this study, we are going to genetically characterize Kentucky Coffee-trees in Ontario in order to 1) determine which populations would most benefit from additional trees in order to boost genetic diversity, and 2) identify the most genetically diverse individuals and populations for the purposes of population augmentation.   This work will be done in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 

Qualifications:  BSc or similar degree.  Previous experience in field work and genetic lab work an asset, but not essential. 

How to apply: Application should include (1) a letter stating why the applicant should be considered a strong candidate for the position, (2) a CV, (3) names, with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, of two referees, and (4) any other documents that the applicant deems relevant. Please send enquiries or applications to joannafreeland@trentu.ca .

Joanna Freeland, Dept. of Biology, Trent University

http://people.trentu.ca/joannafreeland/

 

 

Graduate Level positions

Nutrient Dynamics in Lake and River ecosystems

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Nutrient Dynamics in Lake and River Ecosystems Graduate level applications are being accepted for the Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

Research in this lab generally aims to understand the environmental control of nutrients and their effects on aquatic ecosystems. These  graduate positions will contribute to on-going research on nutrients (C, N, P, and trace elements) and their effects on the lakes and streams in Ontario.

These graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario as part of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program (http://www.trentu.ca/els/) and could begin in the summer or fall of 2016.

Interested students should contact Dr. Paul Frost (paulfrost@trentu.ca) or Dr. Maggie Xenopoulos (mxenopoulos@trentu.ca) with a brief statement of interests and a recently updated resume. More information can be found at: people.trentu.ca/paulfrost or people.trentu.ca/mxenopoulos

 

M.Sc./Ph.D. Graduate positions

Biogeochemistry and Pollution Impacts

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Environmental pollution from human activities has a profound impact on the environment. We are seeking motivated individuals interested in assessing the impacts of air pollution on our natural environment.  M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate opportunities are available in a range of projects.

Interested candidates should have a background in environmental science, earth science, soil science, geology, physical geography or environmental chemistry.  Financial support will be provided through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.  All graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario through the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program. Please contact Dr. Julian Aherne as soon as possible at jaherne@trentu.ca

Telephone: 1(705) 748-1011 Ex. 7887

 


Graduate Research Assistantship

Biogeochemistry

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 We invite highly motivated Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to apply for two graduate assistantships at Trent University. Successful applicants will examine the effects of physical chemical parameters on dissolved organic matter composition in arctic rivers and seas (for more information go to lab website for on-going projects). Interested candidates should send a CV as soon as possible with a brief description of their educational background and a short statement of purpose demonstrating scientific interests to Dr. Céline Guéguen.

 

 

Graduate Research Opportunity

Wind Tunnel Simulation Studies

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The Erosion Research Group (ERG) at Trent University is seeking graduate students to conduct either MSc or PhD thesis research investigating topics related to surficial and atmospheric control of wind erosion and dust emission using Trent's Environmental Wind Tunnel (TEWT). Detailed information about this facility is avalable on the group website

Applicants may apply for admission in May 2016 September 2016 or January 2017. An undergraduate degree in any of the following disciplines is considered appropriate: physical geography, geology, meteorology, environmental science, engineering, or physics.  Please send an email outlining your interests and any questions that you might have in advance of your formal application as soon as possible to Cheryl McKenna Neuman (cmckneuman@trentu.ca)

 

 

M.Sc./ Ph.D. Graduate Positions

Molecular Parasitology/Biochemistry

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We currently have positions for either M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidates who are interested in the study of molecular biology, biochemistry and molecular parasitology. The research in our laboratory studies the biology of the waterborne parasite, Giardia lamblia, by using molecular and biochemical approaches.  At present, we are focusing on regulators of the Giardia cell cycle, heme-binding proteins, and the identification and characterization of Giardia transcription factors. More information about our lab, projects and current students can be found on our website.

No laboratory experience is necessary but the student must have enthusiasm and willingness to learn.  Full financial support is offered for qualified applicants.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter as soon as possible that includes a brief summary of your research experience/interests/goals, CV, unofficial transcripts, and names of 2 academic references to Dr. Janet Yee at jyee@trentu.ca.

 

 

M.Sc. or Ph.D. Position

Fish population dynamics

We are currently looking for a graduate student position (either at the MSc or PhD level) to work at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Potential projects could focus on prey fish population dynamics in Lake Simcoe and involve analysis of hydroacoustic data and/or the building of life history models. The exact project details can be developed according to the student’s background and interests.  Candidates with excellent quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.  For initial screening and to receive more information about the project, interested students should send a letter expressing their qualifications and interests, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Dunlop (erin.dunlop@ontario.ca).  For more information on the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program at Trent, please visit http://www.trentu.ca/els/.  Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but the position will remain open until filled.

 

 

M.Sc. Position

Fish life history experiments

We are currenlty looking for an MSc graduate student position at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Erin Dunlop.  The project iinvolves conducting laboratory experiments on lake trout to examine inherent differences in life history traits among strains stocked in the Upper Great Lakes.  For initial screening and to receive more information about the project, interested students should send a letter expressing their qualifications and interests, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Dunlop (erin.dunlop@ontario.ca).  For more information on the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program at Trent, please visit http://www.trentu.ca/els/.  Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but the position will remain open until filled.

 

 

M.Sc. and Ph.D. Positions

Research on the Fate of Metals in the Environmental

Are you looking to do Graduate Research on the fate of metals in the environment? Dr. Holger Hintelmann’s research focuses on the speciation and fate of metals in the environment, in particular mercury. Graduate studies opportunities at the MSc and PhD level at Trent University are available to study the fractionation of mercury isotopes in environmental processes to unravel the biogeochemical cycling of mercury and includes both laboratory and field work at potentially exotic and remote locales. A second line or research involves investigating the fate of nanoparticles (e.g. silver) in the environment and the development of novel methods to measure nanoparticles in-situ. Accepting applications now, this is your opportunity. Please send your resume and cover letter as soon as possible to Dr. Holger Hintelmann at hhintelmann@trentu.ca

 

 

PhD Positions

NSERC Canadian FloodNet

NSERC Canadian FloodNet is a newly established Strategic Network funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. The Network involves researchers from 12 Canadian universities and aims to address a range of issues related to flood forecasting, flood frequency estimation, floods in a changing climate, environmental impacts of floods and socio-economic impacts of floods. The Canadian FloodNet has numerous partners including provincial forecast centers, hydropower companies, conservation authorities and government agencies that will work closely with university researchers. Within the theme of environmental impact of floods on aquatic systems, we invite applications from highly motivated PhD students. The overarching objective of this theme is to understand the impacts of flood events, both positive and negative, and, to ultimately provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of flooding on ecosystem services that can be incorporated into an enhanced approach to flood management. The graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, ON, Canada as part of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program (http://www.trentu.ca/els/). This is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project and interested candidates should have a background in one or several of the fields of ecology, limnology, environmental science, hydrology, statistics, or modeling. Candidates should be able to work as part of a large interdisciplinary team, and with supporting organizations. The projects will be highly iintegrated and can include: effects of flooding or elevated water levels on surface water quality of forested, urban and agriculture catchments; analysis of nutrient budgets of flooded forested and agriculture catchments; analysis of flood frequency events in regulated and non-regulated rivers and their relation to ecosystem condition; linking flooding events or elevated water levels to ecosystem structure (e.g., biodiversity), function (e.g., primary production) and aquatic ecosystem services. There is a possibility to conduct internships with partner organizations.The positions would ideally begin before September 1, 2016. The graduate positions are intended to be funded at the Ph.D. llevel but we will consider exceptional M.Sc. candidates as well. Interested candidates should submit: (1) a cover letter as soon as possible explaining how their background and expertise fits within FloodNet; (2) a complete CV; and (3) names and addresses of three referees; (4) unofficial transcripts. The application material should be sent to the email addresses below.

Contact: Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos (mxenopoulos@trentu.ca), Department of Biology, Trent University. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

 

M.Sc./Ph.D. Graduate position

Contemporary evolution in response to rapid changes in selective pressures

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Project Description: I am seeking a student to investigate contemporary evolution and demographic constraints on local adaptation among coevolved and naïve disease vectors. These questions are of practical relevance given pronounced climatic changes associated with changing infectious disease dynamics. This research will be conducted with a collaborative team that includes the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre that houses high throughout DNA sequencers, a next generation pyrosequencer that enables genome sequencing and transcriptome analysis.

Qualifications:  Bsc. (Hons) with a minimum of 77% on last 10 full university credits (B+ Average)

Start Date(s): Preference: May 2016, however September 2016 also possible

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter as soon as possible that includes a brief summary of your research experience/interests/goals, CV, unofficial transcripts, and names of 2 academic references to:

Dr. C. J. Kyle, Associate Professor, Trent University

2140 East Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9J 7B8

http://web.nrdpfc.ca/bios/dr_chriskyle.html

Students will also be required to apply to the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program

 

 

 

Graduate Program Information

For additional information please contact

Linda Cardwell, Program Coordinator for

Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program at lcardwell@trentu.ca

 

 

or visit graduate studies website at www.trentu.ca/graduatestudies