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Two Post-doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Study on marine subsidies and island biogeography on the BC Central Coast.
January 13, 2017

The Hakai Institute is looking for two world-class post-doctoral fellows to join a collaborative study with Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria, which aims to link theories of island biogeography with ecosystem subsidies.


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Both post-docs will have access to a wide variety of data on the plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals from 100 islands along the Central Coast of British Columbia, Canada. These data will be combined with extensive datasets on the physical features of each island that may affect delivery of marine-derived nutrients.

Fellows will work with professors and graduate students at both universities, as well as with scientists involved with complementary research at the Hakai Institute.

Position #1: Ecosystem Nutrient Flow Specialist (Based at UVic)

This project will draw on ecosystem science approaches—including stable isotope modeling and food web analysis—to model how energy and nutrients move across the nearshore to and from adjacent terrestrial environments. This scholar will use the extensive dataset of environmental variables and movements of nutrients through food webs on these 100 islands that connect a variety of plants and animals across the land-sea interface.

Position #2: Biodiversity Specialist (Based at SFU)


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This position will leverage three years of terrestrial biodiversity data collected across 100 islands. We are looking for a scholar with conceptual and advanced analytical and quantitative expertise in theory and analysis related to island biogeography, cross-boundary ecosystem subsidies, and biodiversity.

A full description of the positions and the application process can be found here.

Start Date: September 1, 2017
Fellowship Length: Two years
Salary: $55,000 + benefits + research/travel funds
Fieldwork: Opportunity for two weeks of fieldwork in the spring or summer prior to formal September start date

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017.

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