MSc/PhD position available at University of Guelph

Website University of Guelph

School of Environmental Sciences

MSc or PhD position available
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph, ON, Canada

Project title: Structural and functional connectivity of multi-purpose landscapes of Southern Ontario

Advisors: Dr. Madhur Anand and Dr. Genevieve Ali

Project description: This project aims to describe and quantify the ecological and hydrological connectivity of Southern Ontario landscapes, where a variety of land uses and natural areas coexist in a mosaic pattern. The student will focus on different ways of assessing structural and functional connectivity (e.g. ecological, hydrological and chemical connectivity) for a variety of landscape objectives (e.g. agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services, resilience) and at multiple scales. The student will also analyze trade-offs between landscape objectives, and develop and compare optimization scenarios that ultimately contribute to the environmental and socioeconomic sustainability of Southern Ontario ecosystems.

Qualifications: BSc (if applying for a MSc) or MSc degree (if applying for a PhD); areas of expertise: environmental sciences, ecology, sustainability, geography, rural planning, or similar; strong academic record (required); excellent skills in Geographical Information Systems (required); sound knowledge in quantitative analysis and statistics (required); ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary fashion; competence to handle multiple datasets and sources; previous scientific publications (strongly preferred).

Start date: September 2019 Funding: available for 2 yrs (MSc) or 3 yrs (for PhD) as per University of Guelph guidelines. Grant source: CFREF Food from Thought to Dr. Madhur Anand.

To apply: Send CV, letter of interest, (unofficial) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for two references to Dr. Madhur Anand (manand@uoguelph.ca) and Dr. Genevieve Ali (gali@uoguelph.ca).