Post-doc Opportunity—Status and drivers of mammal populations in Alberta

Posted Date: May 28, 2019
Application Deadline: Sep 2, 2019

The Boutin Lab and the ABMI seek a post-doctoral fellow to use the ABMI’s long term, provincial-scale, mammal monitoring dataset and develop/test analysis methods.

Status: Open

Post-doc opportunity with the Boutin Lab and Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute—Advancing methods and understanding: Status and drivers of mammal populations in Alberta

Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta 
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

Position: Post-doc, University of Alberta (Biological Sciences Department) + Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.

Stipend: Competitive; commensurate with experience.

Apply by: Until position is filled.

Start date: Flexible; sooner preferred.

Type: Study scope partially flexible. 1 - 2 years fully funded*.


The Boutin Lab and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to use the ABMI’s long term, provincial-scale, mammal monitoring dataset and develop/test analysis methods. The dataset includes five years of camera, and six years of snow-tracking, data. The data include info on a broad suite of mammals and are well suited for asking questions to support analytical advancements; inform management for common species (eg., species such as moose, bear, and deer); quantify changes in distribution and habitat use for less common species (eg., lynx, cougar, pronghorn); and answer foundational questions regarding mammal ecology. Example questions include:

  • How do responses of mammal species vary in relation to types of disturbance?
  • Which natural and anthropogenic habitats are important to each species?
  • How do mammal species vary spatially throughout Alberta?
  • What study designs and analyses/modeling methods are most effective for monitoring local and regional changes in species abundance throughout Alberta
  • With what precision (power) can we assess large-scale, long-term trend in abundance of mammals, including in the Oil Sands Region of Alberta?

The applicant will be expected to build from existing analyses of ABMI data to explore these questions, along with additional questions of interest. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, specifically in regards to modelling approaches for camera data, a proven publication record, a background in mammal ecology, and an interest in applied science. This position will be co-supervised by Stan Boutin and Shannon White. White and Boutin are co-directors of the ABMI Science Centre; Boutin is a mammalian ecologist and professor at the University of Alberta. The successful applicant will be provided access and support to use additional sources of data, including the ABMI’s multi-taxa and habitat elements dataset, and data on multiple species collected through the Boutin Lab’s research program.

Results are expected to be communicated to the scientific community, including via conferences and publication in peer reviewed journals. Opportunities will exist for the PDF to gain experience interfacing with policy and decision makers, as well as other experts in mammal ecology.

Supervisors: Dr. Stan Boutin
Dr. Shannon White; Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

Instructions: Please send a CV, two of your best publications, names of three references, and a 1-page statement of your short- and long-term career goals to Position will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.


*Funding for this position will be leveraged through MITACS or another external programs. The applicant must be eligible for MITACS funding and will lead development of the MITACS proposal (MITACS Accelerate grant), with support from White and Boutin. The position is for 1 - 2 years, based on available funding.

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