PhD position in invasion ecology

AVAILABLE at Simon Fraser University!

New PhD position on the zebra mussel invasion risk to BC lakes and reservoirs

We are searching for a PhD student to work on a newly funded project aimed at better understanding the risk of invasion by non-native dreissenid mollusks (i.e., zebra and quagga mussels) to inland waters in British Columbia, especially the Okanagan basin. These species have not yet reached BC, but have invaded nearby waterways in the United States and more eastern locations in Canada where they have caused serious ecological and economic impacts. Through spatial analyses of habitat suitability and waterway connectivity as well as food-web modeling, this research should help improve our understanding of the potential impacts of this invasion, thereby informing monitoring and management actions.

The ideal candidate will have a background that includes quantitative tools, including spatial analyses, freshwater ecology, and conservation biology.

The student will be advised by Isabelle Côté (SFU;, Jonathan Moore (SFU;, and Thomas Therriault (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), and will be a part of the Earth2Ocean Research Group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

To apply, please send a letter of intent that describes your suitability, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Please email materials as a single pdf file with the email header “Mussel PhD” to The position is available to start in Fall 2018 or Winter 2019.  The search begins now and will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.


Posted 12 July 2018