PhD (or MSc) opportunity [Memorial University, Canada] Atlantic salmon ecology & conservation Applications are sought for a PhD position under the supervision of Dr. Craig Purchase (www.ucs.mun.ca/~cfpurchase) in the Fish Evolutionary Ecology Research Group (mun.ca/biology/research/feerg) at Memorial University. The position will be sponsored by the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) (www.saen.org) & will include collaboration with Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO). For final acceptance, the selected student must apply & be approved under the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship Program (nserccrsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/ips-besii_eng.asp) [high success rate]. The foundation of the four year program will include 4 key projects. The student is expected to shape the details of each & there is great scope for expansion into related areas. Rocky River is the largest watershed on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland & contains an impassable waterfall that historically prevented migration of anadromous salmon. SAEN led stocking of the watershed & construction of a fish ladder in the 1980s, which has created annual runs of hundreds of fish. Data indicate that there is a particularly poor stock/recruitment relationship. Two projects will test the hypothesis that this is due to salmon spawning in a yet unknown but very restricted part of the watershed. 1. Electronic tagging of upstream migrating salmon & subsequent tracking to spawning locations 2. Electrofishing to determine parr densities & growth rates in different parts of the watershed Rennie’s River carves through the heart of the city of St. John’s & historically contained runs of wild salmon that became extinct >100 years ago. In 2012 SAEN instigated a 5-year plan to reintroduce salmon to this system. To date ~150,000 wild eggs sourced from Exploits River fish have been incubated instream. Two projects will work with continued stocking efforts. 3. Electrofishing to determine densities, growth rates & precocial maturation of parr of both stocked salmon & naturally spawning non-native brown trout in different parts of the watershed 4. Using the stocked eggs, test the hypothesis that virgin salmon have superior egg quality than repeat spawning kelts, using instream incubators & laboratory analyses/experiments Planned start date is Sept/14. If no suitable PhD candidate is found a MSc will be selected to proceed with Projects 3-4. The ideal candidate will have a background in ecology or fisheries, & field work experience. He/she is expected to be an active participant in collaborations, be independent & highly motivated. Prospective candidates should email a cover letter, CV, & contact information for three people who can serve as references. Review of applicants will begin Feb 5/14 & continue until the position is filled. Dr. Craig Purchase Biology Department, Memorial University St. John's, NL, A1B 3X9, Canada T: (709) 864-4452, F:(709) 864-3018 [email protected] @CraigPurchase

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