MSc/PhD positions: Modelling Arctic Marine Ecosystems under Rapid Environmental Changes

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MSc/PhD positions: Modelling Arctic Marine Ecosystems under Rapid Environmental Changes

Steiner, Nadja (EC)

Graduate student positions at the University of Victoria, Canada



MSc/PhD positions: Modelling Arctic Marine Ecosystems under Rapid Environmental Changes


We are looking for one or two graduate students to start in spring/summer 2019 to work on research projects aiming to model Arctic marine ecosystems under rapid environmental changes.


Climate change is causing warming, ocean acidification, and changes in nutrient supplies that have large ramifications to marine ecosystems and fisheries. The Arctic Ocean is particularly vulnerability because of the large and rapid changes in mean and extreme conditions such as warming and loss of sea ice. Marine organisms and ecosystems may experience higher risk of extinction, loss of ecosystem functions, but they may also adapt or acclimatize to the changing environment. These changes pose both challenges and opportunities to Arctic fisheries and dependent coastal communities. Recent advances in climate, ocean and ecosystem modelling for the Arctic Ocean make it possible to examine the mechanism of these impacts and quantify the associated risks and opportunities under scenarios of global change.


More specifically one project will address how the ocean's response (physical, biogeochemical and biological) to climate change and variability will affect the oceanic uptake of CO2 and the progress of ocean acidification, and one project will look at how multiple stressors might affect marine production and fisheries potential. Specific focus will be put on the Western Canadian Arctic and the High Arctic.

The projects will center around the analysis and refinement of a coupled sea ice -ocean - biogeochemical model for the Arctic based on the NEMO (Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean) modelling system but may also include the evaluation of a variety of global Earth system models. Within the network the student will have the opportunity to visit other research labs within Canada as well as internationally.


The graduate student positions are a collaboration between the Institute of Ocean Sciences of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Center for Climate Modelling and Analysis, and the University of Victoria. The students will work with a team of interdisciplinary researchers from academic and government research labs. The position will be based at the School of Earth and Oceans Sciences at the University of Victoria, BC.


Students interested in applying should:

  • Meet the requirement for admission to UVic graduate studies and are required to follow the formal process for application to the center of graduate studies at the University of Victoria: http://web.uvic.ca/seos/graduate/index.htmFor more information,

  • Have a BSc or MSc degree in oceanography, chemistry, biology or other relevant degrees (depending on the background, the student can choose to enrol in MSc or PhD program)

  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Have good communication skills, including oral and written English 


Preference will be given to students who already have the following experiences: numerical modelling, handling large data sets, and writing scientific publications.


For Information on the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, the University of Victoria or the Insititute of Ocean Sceinces see:

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/science-research-data/modeling-projections-analysis/centre-modelling-analysis.html

http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_85EB3DA0.html

http://web.uvic.ca/seos/


Application: Please send (1) a cover letter explaining how your interests and experiences would make you a suitable candidate; (2) two example essays that you have written e.g., your honour thesis, class reports, previous publications, and (3) your CV to Dr. Nadja Steiner ([hidden email]). The positions will start as early as April 1st 2019 and remain open until a suitable candidate is found.



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