Want to Join the Functional Ecology lab?
Want to work at the interface between behavioural ecology, comparative physiology, and evolutionary biology?
Want to work in the field and/or conduct comparative or quantitative genetics studies on mice and/or flies?
Want to learn critical skills for a successful career in biology?
Email me with a description of your areas of interest and previous research (or other relevant) experience. Be aware that university professors receive many emails requesting graduate positions, but there are ways to make sure you get on my radar screen (see link to Neufield 2015 below). Also, there are a few things you might want to consider before enrolling into grad school. See various links below.
We are seeking graduate students interested to work at the interface of comparative physiology, animal behaviour, and evolutionary biology. We study how metabolic, behavioural, life-history, and performance traits co-vary at various levels using diverse tools from the comparative and quantitative genetic approaches. We do lab- and field-based projects through which students will learn techniques related to field ecology, animal husbandry, metabolic and behavioural sampling, multivariate statistics, scientific writing, and survival in academia.
Things to consider
Here is a list of useful advice to future graduate students:
Neufield 2015: How to approach a professor for a graduate position
Stearns 1987: Some modest advice for graduate students
Huey 1987: Reply to Stearns: Some acynical advice for graduate students
Binkley 1988: Some advice for graduate advisors
Witz 1994: Hybridization of Stearns, Huey, and Binkley
Garland 201X: Undergraduate research
Bertram 201X: Email etiquette
Here is a list of useful advice to graduate students:
Graeme Hirst: How to be a terrible graduate student
Scott Keogh's advice on everything in acedemia!
Bartholomew 1982: on scientific innovation and creativity
Tips for efficient writing in science:
Sources of Funding
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC):
Fonds de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FQRNT):
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
Undergraduate Honours and Graduate Programs in Biology
Undergraduate research projects (BIO4004 & BIO4009)
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies
Project on the behavioural ecology of white-footed mice
The Functional Ecology lab is currently seeking graduate students interested to work at the interface of eco-physiology, animal behaviour, and quantitative genetics. In addition to being involved in cutting edge research, students will learn techniques in field ecology, animal capture and manipulation, metabolic and behavioural sampling, multivariate statistics, and scientific communication. The project is part of a study on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) conducted at the Queen’s University Biological Station. We use nest boxes and traps to quantify relatedness, reproductive success, and survival of hundreds of individuals. Each mouse is temporarily brought back to the lab where we measure a variety of metabolic, behavioural, and performance traits. The project will exploit behavioural data collected since the summer of 2016 (more than 500 behavioural tests on more than 300 individuals). These data, in addition to those collected by the student in the summer of 2019, will be used to study not only the “personality” of the mice, but also their behavioural plasticity in the short and long term, as well as their “predictability”. Although this project is suitable for a MSc degree, it can also be a starting point for a PhD.
How to apply? - Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “2018_MSc_application” as subject. Please include a brief description of your background, research interests, and a copy of your CV with the names and contact details of two academic references. An external scholarship (e.g., NSERC, OSG, FRQNT) is not required although candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and preference is normally given to those with such funding. Useful information for prospective students at uOttawa can be found here, here, and here. See also various links on my webpage. A minimum salary of $19,500 per year is guaranteed. Those with strong course averages (approx. an A or better) also qualify for an admission scholarship that provides free tuition. Ideal starting date is Winter 2019 (but fall 2018 or summer 2019 are also possible). Applications will be evaluated July 1st until the position is filled.