PhD or MSc positions on the spatio-temporal dynamics and conservation of western chorus frogs; Ontario, Canada

Trent University
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
TBD (varies for MSc/PhD applicants)
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Last Date to Apply
In collaboration with Blazing Star Environmental, the Lougheed Lab (Queens University) and the Wilson Lab (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources), we are assessing determinants of distribution and occupancy of western chorus frog across its Canadian range, where the species is listed as Threatened and thereby needs research into its population status, distribution and trends. The comprehensive program will involve conducting field surveys and analyzing extensive citizen science call survey data (>500 sites) to assess: 1) geographical gaps in surveys and current sampling design needs; 2) variability in species occupancy through space and time; 3) factors determining species detection, occupancy, and abundance; and 4) priority areas for conservation planning and action. The project will also include: 5) optimizing application of eDNA and acoustic recording units in population surveys. The project team is flexible in terms of student projects within the larger program and therefore will consider both PhD and MSc applicants based on their interests and expertise. Ultimately, we seek to assemble the best team possible to address western chorus frog survey detection needs, habitat requirements, range determinants, and population status. The funding package includes competitive stipends as well as coverage of all professional expenses. To apply, please send a cover letter highlighting relevant prior experience and interests corresponding to the above program priorities, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray ( and Tom Hossie ( The successful candidate(s) will be enrolled at Trent University by September 2023 or preferably sooner. See and, and for additional information.
Successful PhD candidates must have an MSc, whereas MSc candidates will have a BSc, in Biology, Ecology, or a related field. Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following areas: GIS, statistics using R software, eDNA analysis and application, occupancy and habitat modeling, as well as a strong work ethic and interest in working collaboratively in a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include amphibian field skills and working independently.
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Dennis Murray/Tom Hossie
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