PhD and MSc positions in Marine Molecular Ecology (University of Toronto)

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution

Canada

November 7, 2021

Description

The D'Aloia Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for PhD and/or MSc positions in marine molecular ecology. The positions will begin September 2022.

The central theme of our research program is understanding the patterns, causes, and consequences of dispersal and gene flow in the ocean. Current research topics include: (1) disentangling historical and contemporary factors that shape the distribution of genetic variation in natural populations; (2) understanding how kin structure emerges in marine populations; and (3) exploring the usefulness of genomic data to support sustainable fisheries and marine conservation efforts. Our group combines field work, genomics, and theory to pursue these topics. Most of our projects focus on small coral reef fishes, but we also have ongoing and planned projects on gastropods, echinoderms, and sponges. We have field sites in the Caribbean and Bay of Fundy and are also supportive of students who wish to explore freshwater projects in Ontario. For details about our ongoing research: click here.

Our lab is a good fit for students who are passionate about the application of genetics/genomics to answer fundamental ecological questions and/or to support conservation. Our lab is well-equipped for molecular benchwork and scientific diving. For PhD positions, there is latitude to co-develop projects, based on student interests.

To apply: Please send the following to Dr. Cassidy D'Aloia (cassidy.daloia@utoronto.ca) as a single PDF: (1) a brief letter outlining your research experiences and interests, and how they relate to our lab's work; (2) a recent CV; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) contact information for 2 referees; and (5) a writing sample, if available (thesis, paper, or major project report). Applications received by Oct 31 will be given preference.

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