|Institution||University of New Brunswick|
|Type of Fellowship||PhD Fellowship|
|Graduate Program Type||Biological & Medical Sciences|
|Specialty||Ecology & Conservation|
|Fellowship Amount||To be determined|
|College / University||http://studdys.com/new-brunswick/university-of-new-brunswick-fredericton/|
Graduate Fellowship Description
Ph.D. (Fish Ecology/Biotelemetry) - Restoration potential for reproduction by Striped Bass.
Because Striped Bass still migrate and are distributed throughout the SJR up to MD during its spawning period, it is a candidate for population recovery using engineered reproductive habitats downstream of MD, e.g., by manipulating flows.
The Ph.D. Candidate will locate the preferred seasonal habitats of striped bass using a combination of radio and acoustic telemetry and will link movement behavior to physical habitat variables (e.g. depth, velocity, substrate, temperature, and flow) and biological understanding (e.g. prey abundance) to generate an understanding of the basic ecology of the species in the river.
Verification of habitat use and presence of associated fish species will be carried out by using SeaViewer underwater camera system operated on a geo-referenced transect grid. Potential spawning areas will be further refined by capturing fish using traps and electro-fishing during the spawning period.
Using observations from tracking and river environment maps created in the other projects, we will build a model of potential spawning habitat as a function of discharge using River2D for the current and future river scenarios.
In-stream and in-hatchery experiments (Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility, Fisheries and Oceans Canada) with SJR Striped Bass gametes will be used to test the viability of fertilization and survival of larvae in the SJR. The cumulative knowledge will be used to determine and model engineered spawning habitats for striped bass. [Supervisors Dr. Allen Curry and Dr. Tommi Linnansaari, UNB Fredericton]
Prospective candidates should email a cover letter, CV, unofficial university transcripts and contact information for three people who can serve as references. The cover letter must clearly indicate the project being applied for, and outline how the candidate’s previous experience has prepared him/her to function as a leader of the respective MAES study component, and what specific qualifications the candidate will bring to the large, multidisciplinary MAES Team.
Review of applicants for the projects starting in summer 2014 will begin 21 February 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Ideal start date for 2014 projects is in March/April. For positions starting 2015, applications can be provided until fall of 2014.
Send complete application packages to Project Manager Gordon Yamazaki by email ([email protected]).
The research is led by The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) was founded in 2000 as a collaboration of researchers at the University of New Brunswick.
For more information, please visit: www.canadianriversinstitute.com
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