I’m always happy to chat about research opportunities for students with interests in terrestrial hydrology and/or remote sensing. Positions are available for students at the PhD or MSc level. Several funded positions are typically available to students interested in the applied use of GIS and remote sensing for observation of soil moisture (both passive and active sensors), soil freeze thaw processes, and agricultural land management. All projects provide excellent opportunities for combining field work, laboratory and computer analysis. We have field sites in the arctic, within boreal forests, and in agricultural regions. Students with backgrounds in Physical Geography or Geomatics, Physical Sciences, Engineering or Computer Sciences are encouraged to contact me to discuss available projects and funding opportunities.
I am always looking for outstanding graduate students with interests and expertise in environmental governance most generally. More narrowly, my current research funding would support: MA and PhD students focused on any of: novel governance in Canada's mining sector; Indigenous communities, energy transitions, and carbon management; and agri-environmental stewardship in highly productive landscapes. Looking for students to begin fall 2019.
Interested candidates should email Dr. Kirby Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org. If planning to apply, please first provide Dr. Calvert with an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a resume before submitting an application to the University.
We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants to join the Surface Processes Research Group in the Geography Department at University of Guelph. At present we are recruiting for 2-3 MSc projects, involving field and lab work, and include opportunities to attend and participate in conferences. These opportunities offer you the chance to truly get your feet wet and be the researcher in those pictures you've been looking at in lectures throughout your undergrad career.
University of Guelph, Dept. of Geography has funded graduate and post-doctoral opportunities in the broad area of disruptive technologies and the future of agri-food systems. Briefly, the same technologies that created the Internet and are transforming medicine are just now being applied into agri-food systems. The potential benefits of these technologies are huge and include the ability to produce more food on less land and with fewer inputs. However, technologies such as gene editing tools, self-guided tractors, and robotic milking partners also have significant (and to a large extent unexplored) social consequences.
Potential social issues include:
Data governance, privacy, cyber security, and data ownership including the possible consequences of corporate control of digital agri-food data.
The social consequences of digital agri-food technology (including, for instance, the effect of automation and robotics on rural labour in Canada and in the developing world).
Exploring how climate change and emerging technologies may create new agricultural opportunities in Northern areas and an evaluation as to potential sustainable development pathways that could be used to develop such areas.
Accepted students will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of multidisciplinary scholars associated with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, take part in our new (TBC) collaborative graduate training program on agri-food and biodiversity innovation, and interact with the team of investigators who are leading “Food from Thought”, the University of Guelph’s new $77 million research program on big data and agri-food futures. Interested students and post-docs should send unofficial transcripts, CVs, and brief expressions of interest to Evan Fraser, Director of the Food Institute and Canada Research Chair (attention Afiadmin@uoguelph.ca).
Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities (email@example.com ). I encourage applications from not only biogeographers, but also individuals with backgrounds in ecology, botany, climatology, forestry, statistics, or other related disciplines.
Political Ecology, Marine Conservation and Resource Management
I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students (MA or PhD) who share my research interests in marine conservation governance and/or the science-policy interface in the context of conservation and environmental governance. Please contact me directly to discuss possible opportunities, including a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and statement of interest.
Funded MA/PhD Opportunity: Global Biodiversity Targets and Indigenous-led Conservation
I seek a student to join a long-term project examining knowledge politics in relation to global biodiversity conservation. In particular, I am looking for a student who is interested in the intersection between Global Biodiversity Targets (especially for protected areas, “other effective area-based conservation measures”, and Indigenous knowledge) and national and local Indigenous-led conservation efforts. Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills and hold (or be near completing) an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Geography or a related social science (Anthropology, Political Science, International Development, Environmental Studies, etc). *I particularly welcome inquiries for this project from students who identify as Indigenous.
Students will receive full financial support. Additional funding is also available to cover some research expenses, including research at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Fall 2020 (in China).
For more information about this opportunity please contact Dr. Noella Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally before submitting a formal application
Fully Funded Masters and PhD Positions Available Fall 2019 – Feminist Geography, Critical Development Studies, Political Ecology
I am seeking MA or PhD students to join me beginning in Fall 2019 at the University of Guelph, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics.
Specifically I am seeking students with an interest in: ethical consumption, feminist theory, critical development studies, media and environment, and/or the politics of philanthropy.
Student projects may include (but are not limited to): investigating how ethical consumption campaigns (e.g. Toms Shoes) play out on the ground through international development projects; analyzing the use of social media by corporations and NGOs to share stories of 'development' or ‘environmental sustainability’; or researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption decisions, or caring about distant people, places and natures.
Prof. John Lindsay is looking for 2 new graduate students to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group in Fall 2019. These students will take on research projects related to a broad range of geomorphometry (digital terrain analysis) and spatial hydrology topics actively studied within the GHRG. Specifically, Prof. Lindsay is looking for students to work on projects related to the processing of the newly acquired Southern Ontario LiDAR topographic data set. Students will be involved in the application and development of novel techniques for handling these data in spatial hydrological applications. GHRG students are provided advanced training in GIS and geomatics more broadly and have opportunity to gain experience with terrain mapping equipment, LiDAR data, and spatial analysis software (GIS and remote sensing). Interested students are encouraged to email Prof. Lindsay (email@example.com) with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.
Two Masters Positions Available in the People, Plants and Policy Lab at the University of Guelph
I am currently recruiting two Masters students (MA or MSc) to join my research group, that is focused on bio-cultural approaches to conservation and forest management with Indigenous Nations. I encourage interested applicants to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of research interest and sample of writing. The positions are fully funded.
Research Area 1: Bio-cultural knowledge and conservation of plant communities in north-central Newfoundland
Plants have always played a significant role in the cultural fabric of Indigenous people living in Newfoundland and Labrador. Food and beverage plants provide significant nutritional benefits and the knowledge of plant medicines continue to be important in the holistic healing practices of local communities. First Nations in the boreal have developed sophisticated systems of horticulture, such as the management of fire, which has been encoded in indigenous peoples’ languages and has been passed on through stories and place names. This type of detailed information on the ecological and cultural importance of berry-producing shrubs and other ethnobotanicals is important in the management of bio-cultural resources in parks and protected areas. Ethnobotanicals also offer great potential as bio-cultural indicators for achieving ecological integrity and other objectives in the management of parks and protected areas. The project will be developed in partnership with Indigenous partners and Parks Canada. The project includes the participation of Dr. Hannah Harrison who is an environmental ethnographer and conservation social scientist with expertise in qualitative and ethnographic approaches to biosocial research on changing land and waterscapes.
To investigate the importance of heathland and other plants as bio-cultural resources in north-central Newfoundland.
To investigate the role of fire, insect outbreak and other types of disturbance on plants that are of particular cultural significance to First Nations and local communities in and around Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland.
To integrate traditional ecological knowledge with western science in the development of management activities that can be employed to promote bio-cultural species, such as enhancing berry yields for wildlife and local visitors to Terra Nova National Park.
Research Area 2: Exploring Indigenous governance for the stewardship of cultural keystone plants in managed forests
Forest management practices, such as logging and forest herbicides, can adversely impact plants that are important to Indigenous Nations as food, medicine and for other purposes. Such plants are typically not considered to be at risk by scientific and government bodies and thus receive minimal regulatory protection in forest policy. In the absence of state stewardship, Indigenous peoples are increasingly exerting their own forms of conservation and land governance including bans on forest herbicides, the establishment of protected reserves for red cedar, the resurgence of traditional fire practices, and other methods of Indigenous land stewardship. This project is focused on understanding the impacts of forest management on plants that are important to Indigenous Peoples and for exploring Indigenous systems of governance and forest management. The project will be developed in partnership with Indigenous partners and potentially will happen in Nova Scotia.
To understand the impacts of forest management on cultural keystone and other plants important to Indigenous peoples in Canada.
To explore systems of Indigenous governance for the stewardship of berry patches and other important bio-cultural elements in managed forests
To examine how Indigenous bio-cultural knowledge and objectives can be incorporated into colonial systems of forest management, including forest planning and management.
To investigate how Indigenous-led forestry could be done differently to better protect bio-cultural resources, such as berry resources.
I am recruiting a Master's student with interests in agri-environmental stewardship, geospatial technology, and science-policy interfaces, to start in Fall 2019. The student will complete a social science research project on ag data governance and use, conducting interviews with and surveying stakeholders including crop advisors, government agency staff, and representatives of farmers groups. The thesis will be developed alongside collaborators who are creating a soil carbon accounting and profit mapping tool (see Capmourteres et al. 2018) that will require assessing existing/best practices for farm-level data management and how users might actually employ such information in their decision-making. The research is funded by the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph via the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
The Master’s student will gain experience with semi-structured interview and Q survey methods, as well as cartographic analysis (depending on interest and qualifications). A key component of the research will involve knowledge mobilization alongside collaborators - an opportunity for the student to enhance their project management and public communication skills.
Prospective applicants should contact me via email - email@example.com - and forward an unofficial transcript, resume or CV, and a statement outlining their interests as they relate to the project description above. [pdf description]
I am also always willing to communicate with outstanding Honours, Masters and PhD applicants who are interested in working on an aspect of human dimensions of global environmental change and/or traditional ecological knowledge in the Arctic, Pacific Islands and/or Australia.
Currently I am seeking: (1) an outstanding Ph.D. student to work on climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands. The position will be a joint position between the University of Guelph and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia; (2) a Masters student to work on the economics of Inuit subsistence hunting under changing conditions..
I am interesting in speaking with any outstanding MA or PhD students interested in Indigenous conservation governance in Canada or the political ecology of conservation more broadly. Inquires from prospective students who identify as Indigenous are particularly welcome.
Environmental Governance, Oceans & Fisheries, and Environmental Politics in the Digital Realm
I have funded graduate student positions available and welcome inquiries from talented students! Projects will be scoped to contribute to my research program, so ideal candidates will have interests and skill sets that overlap with one or more of: political ecology, oceans, fisheries and governance, and/or digital technology and society. For updates and the latest opportunities, follow me on Twitter (@JJSilvs), subscribe to the listserv of the Canadian Association of Geographers, or contact me via email.
I am fortunate to be working currently with several graduate students on projects investigating a variety of issues and opportunities relating to the production, exchange, and systematic organizing of local food systems and short supply chains. Work to date has focused on farm-community linkages, on the increasing structural diversification of organics, on the phenomenon of direct marketing at the farmers' market, on rural transformations attributable to wine and related amenity production and on the prospects for "mainstreaming" local food through stronger engagement with the conventional food retail sector -- the grocery store.
At present I am hoping to pursue one or more projects that cast a view to the ways and degree to which rural communities and regions are experiencing an alteration of their “identity” because of new and shifting perceptions of “place” associated with innovation and promotion in the farm and food sector, Such food-related rural transitions have the capacity to both galvanize and polarize rural interests and actors. Such projects could be envisioned at either the Masters or PhD levels.
I am recruiting one Ph.D. and two MSc or MA students to join my research program on examining cost effectiveness of agricultural conservation programs. The funding will be provided at domestic student fee rates. I welcome students from all related disciplines such as geography, hydrology, ecology, economics, and forestry. Students will have flexibility in choosing a range of research topics from two streams corresponding to NSERC or SSHRC mandates.
For NSERC stream, students may choose research topics related to GIS-based watershed hydrologic and integrated economic-hydrologic modelling. Sample projects may include watershed modelling to identify critical source areas in agricultural landscapes for water quality protection, and to examine economic and environmental tradeoffs of conservation practices in agricultural watersheds.
For SSHRC stream, students may choose research topics related to institutional, economic, and social issues of agricultural conservation programs. Sample projects may include examining governance of agricultural conservation programs for improving Great Lakes water quality, and evaluating economic, social, and environmental implications of precision agriculture and conservation.
Students will receive well rounded training in GIS, watershed modelling, economic analysis, and policy evaluation related to various aspects of agricultural conservation programs. Previous graduate students have gained employment in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms. Interested candidates are encouraged to contacts Dr. Wanhong Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss further.