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 email@example.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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 email@example.com, ideally before submitting a formal application
Ethical Consumption, International Development, Feminist Perspectives, Mediated Environments
Looking for MA or PhD students with an interest in: ethical consumption, feminist theory, critical development studies, and/or the cultural politics of environment.Student projects may include: 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 'environment'; or researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption and communication.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.
I’m excited to hear from prospective grad students who are curious about how digital technologies inform environmental governance. From "smart" devices for the home to social media platforms, new data-generating sensors and data-synthesizing algorithms are becoming central to the everyday lives of many. These may prove transformational within environmental governance as well, as conservationists, regulators and planners, and corporations hope to: make decision-making "data-driven" with modeling software and webmaps; employ social media and the web to communicate their message; develop new data infrastructures for brokering trust. Some specific projects we could collaborate on might include:
evaluating ecosystem services models and conservation groups' use of them
understanding the use of decision-support software and/or the design of data governance frameworks within "smart" farming
visualizing environmental agencies’ and nonprofits' web presences and practices
A key challenge for geographers in the coming years is assessing new technologies' promise to help society solve sustainability issues related to food security, climate change adaptation, and ecosystem services. This will be done by understanding their human dimensions - their design, use, maintenance, and impacts - alongside other governance trends like marketization and metrification.
Prospective students might be interested in conducting interviews, document analysis, and surveys for their research, as well as working critically with digital tools themselves. I can offer training in communication skills - including mapping, web design, public writing - and in the scholarly fields of political ecology, science and technology studies, and digital geographies.
I encourage interested candidates to email me at email@example.com with a brief statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, and a CV or resume.
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.