M.Sc. Evolutionary Biology; BC, Canada

Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, BC, Canada
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Graduate Assistantships
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***note, international tuition costs are extremely high and generally prohibitive for non-Canadians. This position is primarily geared towards Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but international students with external funding (e.g., through their home country) will also be considered*** The Behaviour, Evolution, and Conservation Lab (BEAC Lab) at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC) is seeking two M.Sc. students to lead projects on trait and behaviour evolution in birds and bats. The positions will begin in 2022 (January, May, or September start dates are all possible). Project Description: Recent work in the BEAC Lab has focused on large-scale phylogenetic analyses aimed at understanding the evolutionary drivers of trait evolution in both birds and bats. For example, recent students have investigated body size and plumage evolution on islands across all passerines, the evolutionary drivers of altitudinal migration, and the ecological factors promoting different moult strategies. We have compiled massive trait databases for all species of birds and bats and have several projects to explore (e.g., brain size evolution, sexually selected trait evolution, mating system evolution) depending on the students’ background and interests. All research will be computationally intensive and require extensive work in R. There is no field work required as part of this project, though students are always encouraged to help out on field crews working on other project in my lab (mountain bluebirds and mountain chickadees) in the summer. To get a better sense of research done in the BEAC Lab, visit www.mattreudink.com and check the publications page. Students will be funded at $18,500/year by a combinations of graduate research awards, teaching assistantships, and supervisor stipend. Canadian citizens and permanent residents strongly encouraged; unfortunately, international tuition costs are prohibitively expensive and tuition wavers are not available. About TRU and the BEAC Lab: Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. Our region also extends into the territories of the Stat’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Nuxalk, Tsilhqot'in, Dakelh and Métis peoples. TRU is a primarily undergraduate institution with only masters programs (no PhD program) and a strong emphasis on undergraduate research. As a result, M.Sc. students in my lab work closely and collaboratively with undergraduates. Kamloops, BC is located in Interior British Columbia between the Coast Range and the Rocky Mountain. The climate is fantastic with hot summers, cold winters, and amazing outdoor recreation. Sun Peaks (Canada’s second largest ski resort behind Whistler) is only 40 minutes away and the mountain biking in Kamloops is legendary. The BEAC Lab is a strong proponent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and encourages applications from BIPOC, LGBTQIA2+, and other under-represented groups. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to Matt Reudink (mreudink@tru.ca). Applications will be considered as they are received until the position is filled.
Qualifications: Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field. Academic transcript must meet the qualifications required for entrance to the Masters of Environmental Science program at TRU (https://www.tru.ca/science/masters-degrees/msces.html). The ideal candidate will have experience working with R and a solid foundation in statistics. In addition, candidates must possess a strong understanding of evolutionary theory and a passion for problem solving. Strong writers and applicants with research experience (e.g., Honours research) encouraged. Candidates must be able to work collaboratively in a large team environment consisting of undergraduate and graduate students.
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Matt Reudink: mreudink@tru.ca
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