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MSc terrestrial snail ecology – Alberta, Canada

A M.Sc. graduate research position is available as part of a collaboration between Dr. Cam Goaters Parasite Ecology lab (scholar.ulethbridge.ca/cpg/) and Dr. Jenny McCunes Plant Ecology and Conservation lab (jlmccune.weebly.com).

The University of Lethbridge is a smaller University with a vibrant community of researchers. Lethbridge is an affordable and friendly city only 2.5 hours from Calgary, and only 1.5 hours drive from stunning mountain Parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Wilderness Provincial Park. We are studying populations of the endangered Coopers Rocky Mountain snail in beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The aim is to understand more about the habitat requirements of this snail using field surveys and a habitat suitability model. There may also be an opportunity to evaluate rates of predation on snails by an invasive ground beetle.

We seek candidates with a passion for ecology and conservation, a love of being outdoors, strong communication skills, the ability to work independently and be self-motivated, and a B.Sc. in ecology or a related field. We welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Please send a statement of interest, your curriculum vitae, and contact information of 2 referees to cam.goater(at)uleth.ca by September 1, 2023.