MSc opportunity in ocean acidification (OA) research

We are looking for an MSc candidate to join our multi-disciplinary research team to examine multi-stressor impacts on juvenile shellfish. More specifically, the project will involve the following objectives:

1. Investigate impacts of coinciding climate stressors (e.g. OA, warming) on biological (e.g. growth), physiological (e.g. energetics), and genomic (e.g. gene expression) responses of juvenile shellfish.

2. Compare responses under static and variable stressor conditions to determine whether long-term exposure or acute exposure events (e.g. upwelling events, heatwaves) pose a greater threat to species’ fitness and survival.

3. Investigate whether co-culture of shellfish with macroalgae or sea cucumbers can mitigate climate change impacts and improve resiliency of the aquaculture industry.

The preferred candidate would have:

  • Experience/knowledge in wet lab plumbing and tank set up.
  • Experience/knowledge in conducting research on marine invertebrates.
  • Experience/knowledge in ocean acidification or climate change research.
  • Desire to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • A strong undergraduate track record, including an honour’s degree.
  • Good problem-solving skills and resourcefulness.
  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic.

The position would start Aug/Sep 2021. The candidate would be based at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, but the MSc degree would be through the University of Victoria. Interested applicants should send an expression of interest letter, recent CV, and undergraduate transcripts to:

Dr. Chris Pearce, Chris.Pearce@dfo-mpo.gc.ca by June 15, 2021.

Ocean Acidification Canadian Community of Practice, 21 May 2021. More information.

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