Opportunities for M.Sc. graduate students for 2018 start dates

We are seeking 2 to 3 enthusiastic students to join our lab. Research projects will be developed collaboratively based on students ambitions and desired skillset for future employment opportunities. Students will enroll in the M.Sc. “Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy” program, meaning they will have access to a range of course offerings and an opportunity to research on a wide variety of topics.

My lab seeks to answer questions associated with the conservation of natural fish populations, particularly where abrupt and extreme changes in the environment occur. For example, our lab has experience with understanding the impacts of hydropower infrastructure and operations on fish behaviour and physiology; quantifying the biological effects of catch-and-release angling on individuals and populations; and developing novel non-physical barriers to reduce the movements of aquatic invasive species. We combine lab-based studies to understand the biological mechanisms underlying organismal responses observed in the field. The techniques we use span the gamut of organismal biology and freshwater ecology, and include: physiological sampling, respirometry, behavioural assays, sensor-based monitoring of animals and the environment, telemetry, and common fisheries and limnologic techniques. Overall, our aim is to define the biological basis for aquatic conservation issues and work with stakeholders to improve natural fish populations in Manitoba, Canada, and across the globe.

Qualifications: No prior experience is necessary. Students interested in gaining field experiences in animal biology are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous experience with collecting data will be considered an asset. Students should also consider applying for a NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (deadline is December 1, 2017). International students from Commonwealth countries can apply for a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (deadline is March 1, 2018).

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the program must hold a recognized 4-year Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (70 %) and no grade less than C+ in the last two years of full time university study. If applicants first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based) or International English Language Testing System score of 6.5. The test should have been taken within a year of the date a completed application is filed.

Start date: May or September 2018. Depending on projects and student interests, either date may be more appropriate.

Deadline: Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018 for Canadian and US students. For other students, the deadline is 6 months prior to the intended start date (November 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018). Interested students should contact me ASAP.

Contact Information: Email me (Caleb Hasler) at c.hasler [at] uwinnipeg.ca.

17-Sept – Join the Hasler Lab