PhD Position in Ecohydrology at Université du Québec en Outaouais

Website Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

Institut des sciences de la forêt (ISFORT)

Project description: Biodiversity has been put forward as strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems. Yet, we still have an incomplete understanding of how biodiversity influences forest hydrology although this information is crucial as the frequency and severity of drought are predicted to increase with climate change. This project seeks to better understand the effects of biodiversity on the forest water balance in temperate forests.

This project involves fieldwork and the PhD student will perform measurements of tree transpiration and rainfall interception in a common garden experiment of the IDENT network. Knowledge acquired from field investigations will then be integrated within a hydrological model.

The PhD student will join the ecohydrology lab at the Institut des sciences de la forêt (ISFORT) of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). The PhD student will also become a member of the Centre d’étude de la forêt.

Start date: September 2021

Funding: Scholarship of 21,000 $/yr for 3 years. Funding is also available for conferences and training activities.

Supervision: Audrey Maheu, professor at UQO in ecohydrology

Cosupervision: Christian Messier, professor at UQO-UQAM in forest ecology

Location: Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée, Ripon, Québec, Canada.


  • MSc in hydrology, forestry, plant biology or related fields in environmental sciences
  • Experience in field data collection
  • Ability for scientific writing
  • Ability for team work
  • Ability to communicate in French

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and transcripts to by November 27, 2020.

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