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2 December 2015.  A new postdoctoral fellowship has been established from an endowment fund to support our research on salmon ecology and conservation. This fellowship will be renewed every two years, and the successful candidate can be considered for one renewal. We are looking for someone who can conduct world-class research on the ecology and conservation of Pacific salmon and their ecosystems. As a member of my research group, you will be part of the Earth to Ocean Group of professors, postdocs, and students at Simon Fraser University – a highly collaborative group of like-minded scientists interested in ecology and conservation.   The postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to develop new research initiatives and can also benefit from foundations laid by an ongoing study of 50 watersheds in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This program connects salmon with marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Examples of further research include implications for ecosystem-based management and linkages to wider watershed characteristics. We are open to new ideas on any aspects of Pacific salmon ecology and conservation.  Candidates must have a PhD, strong analytical abilities, and a proven track record of research excellence in aquatic ecology and conservation. The salary will be $47,000 per year plus benefits, and funds will be available for research and travel. Please send the following as a single document with the subject line “Salmon Postdoc”: cover letter, statement of research background, statement of research ideas for this fellowship including policy relevance, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr John Reynolds (the current Tom Buell chairholder: www.johnreynolds.org), Reynolds@sfu.ca. The starting date is flexible, but as soon as possible. Application deadline: 15 January 2016.


NEW PhD OPPORTUNITY: AVIAN BIOGEOGRAPHY –  PDF version of advertisement here

7 December 2015. I am looking for a PhD student to study birds in collaboration with the Hakai Institute and colleagues at the University of Victoria.  The 100 Islands research program aims to link theories of island biogeography with ecosystem subsidies on 100 islands along the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. The student will examine how nutrients from the sea, including seaweed, affect the community ecology of breeding birds. This project will benefit from complementary studies by other researchers examining plants, mammals, and invertebrates at the same sites.   The ideal candidate will have completed an MSc in avian ecology, with experience censussing breeding birds by sight and sound. Other helpful skills include banding and vegetation surveys. This is a remote and beautiful region, where physical fitness, experience working under rugged conditions, and a perpetually positive attitude will be important. You will benefit from the collegial atmosphere of both the Hakai Institute and the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University. The field season begins in May of 2016, so I want to recruit someone as soon as possible.

Please send a letter explaining why this project interests you, including experience and skills related to the qualifications above, along with your CV, transcripts, and contact details of three references, all as a single PDF with the subject line “Island Biogeography PhD”. Contact: Dr John Reynolds (Reynolds@sfu.ca). Review of applications will begin immediately.



We combine research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems.  Our projects range from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.

I hold the Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation and Management at Simon Fraser University.  This research chair is funded through a partnership between the British Columbia Leading Edge Endowment, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and numerous private and corporate donors. Click here to support our conservation efforts.

The Chair was named after Tom Buell, former CEO of Weldwood of Canada. He was an ardent outdoorsman with a deep concern for environmental protection and the sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks.

SfuMtBaker_Med Matt LumThis is Simon Fraser University, atop Burnaby Mountain in Vancouver, with Mount Baker in the background.  You can almost see my office.  This stunning shot was taken by Matt Lum.  See more of his photos of Vancouver and vicinity here.