Current Opportunities

MSc, PhD Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for two graduate opportunities for research with the CEE lab (www.ceelab.ca). The CEE lab is a growing research group at Lakehead University, and will be housed in a new facility in spring of 2018.

  1. Evaluating the role of Mysis relicta in boreal shield lakes at the ELA (PhD or MSc)

As part of a planned Mysis reintroduction experiment at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, opportunities exist for either MSc or PhD research on various aspects of community ecology. Lake 223 was acidified experimentally during the late 1970’s and 1980’s to evaluate the effects of acid rain on a whole lake ecosystem. While most aspects of the lake recovered from acidification, Mysis never re-established in lake 223. A re-introduction of Mysis to lake 223 is planned for 2017/2018.

MSc projects would focus on comparisons of contemporary benthic, invertebrate or fish communities to periods when Mysis were present in the lake (pre-acidification).

PhD projects would have opportunities to evaluate changes in the lake community during Mysis reintroduction, including an evaluation of changes in 3-dimentional fish positioning data during Mysis re-establishment.

This research will be carried out at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (www.iisd.org/ela), with significant opportunities for collaboration with other ELA researchers and students from across Canada.

  1. Walleye movement ecology in Lake Winnipeg (MSc)

Lake Winnipeg Walleye are an economic cornerstone of the inland commercial walleye fishery in Canada, and the focus of a popular recreational fishery. Despite it’s importance, little is known about the movement of this species within Lake Winnipeg. The 10th largest lake in the world, Lake Winnipeg is one of the largest inland lakes in Canada, and drains a watershed of over 1 million square kilometers that crosses four provinces and two US states.

The MSc student will have an opportunity to analyze historical tag/recapture data from unpublished tagging studies conducted in the 1960’s and 1970’s conducted by the province of Manitoba. The data from these studies will provide insights into the historic rates of movement and dispersal for Walleye in Lake Winnipeg. This will be compared with more recent telemetry data generated through collaborations with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Manitoba.

Interested students should provide the following via e-mail to mrennie@lakeheadu.ca: 1. A current resume or CV; 2. Unofficial transcripts from their last 2 years of study (20 half-course equivalents); 3. A cover letter indicating their research interests and how that compliments the current opportunities.

Graduate student support is competitive, and will be a combination of research funds and Graduate Assistantships through Lakehead University.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and interested applicants should submit their information prior to January 20th 2017 to be considered for a start date for their program of study in September 2017 (application deadline to Lakehead Graduate studies is Feb. 1). There is also a possibility of employment during summer of 2017 to collect field data towards their program of study. Suitable candidates will be contacted for additional information.