MSc and PhD Opportunity: Carbon Storage in Canadian Forests and Agricultural Soils

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Forest Service

We seek MSc students and PhD students to work on projects addressing agricultural and forest carbon cycle, and how land-uses and land-use change can impact the different soil carbon pools. Many agricultural and forestry management practices may affect soil carbon storage through increased leaf-litter inputs, reduced photosynthetic capacity, changes to soil temperatures and microbial activity, and \ changes to the rhizosphere biome including mycorrhizal fungi. The magnitudes of these contributions to carbon cycling, and their interplay, are poorly understood. We will take advantage of several already established projects to understand impacts of managements on carbon storage in soils of Atlantic
Canada.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Fredericton Research and Development Center (AAFC), and the Atlantic Forestry Center (CFS). Fieldwork for this project will potentially include vegetation and soil sampling at experimental sites in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Sub-projects include lab and greenhouse work. The candidates will be involved in developing experimental design; conducting field sampling activities; managing, analyzing and synthesizing data and disseminating results through peerreviewed publications and presentations.

Start date: 1 Sept 2019 (latest)

Cosupervisors (depending on project, some combination of):
Dr. Louis-Pierre Comeau (AAFC; https://bit.ly/2D4Osrs)
Prof. Brandon Heung Dalhousie University https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/plantfood-env/faculty-staff/our-faculty/brandon-heung.html)
Prof. Steve Heard (UNB; http://www2.unb.ca/~sheard/)
Funding: Funding, including tuition, fees, and a stipend, is guaranteed for at least 3.5
years for the PhD and at least 2.5 years for the MSc.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students who have:
▪ A degree in a related field.
▪ An interest in incorporating ecological theory and concepts into soil management practices
▪ A valid driver’s license (or equivalent)
▪ Proficiency in spoken and written English
▪ Knowledge of experimental design and statistical programs (R) would be an asset

Interested applicants should email louis-pierre.comeau@canada.ca:
▪ a letter of interest (1 page)
▪ a CV describing qualifications and experience
▪ unofficial transcripts
▪ contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be preferred.