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Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources: Job Opportunity for Masters students

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Use of acoustic telernetry and First Nations traditional knowledge to deterrnine the movements and habitat use of valued aquatic species, and their environmental correlates

Applications are being accepted for up to two Masters students (Science, Environmental Science or related degree) to work on an NSERC-funded project to enable better stewardship of marine resources by creating a collaboration among Mi’kmaw technical organizations, Mi’kmaw knowledge holders, academia, and other local stakeholders to increase our understanding of the movements and seasonal habitat use of valued aquatic species in the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Building on Mi.kmaq and Western Knowledge, and in collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG), Mi’kmaw knowledge holders, and local knowledge holders, acoustic telemetry programs will be designed and executed to document the movements and temporal and spatial habitat use of key aquatic species and link them to environmental correlates. Data and results from the research will flow through Mi’kmaq technical bodies and governance structures, enhancing evolving co-management approaches for marine resources in the study regions. The supervisory team includes Drs. Sara Iverson, Fred Whoriskey, and Megan Bailey at Dalhousie University and the Ocean Tracking Network, as well as Ph.D. candidate Shelley Denny from UINR. Students will also work closely with Mi’kmaw and community partners, as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Candidates should have, or be able to readily acquire knowledge on, acoustic telemetry, data analysis, fish ecology, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary teams. Experience conducting field work and performing animal capture and tagging is preferred, but additional training will be provided. While students can be based in Halifax at Dalhousie University, travel to field locations and communities in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia will be expected.

The research should focus on one of two areas, although directions may change somewhat following community consultations:

  • Movement and seasonal use and distribution of Gaspereau Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), American eel (Anguilla rostrata), and striped be (Marone saxatilis) within the Bras d’Or Lakes.
  • Movement and seasonal use and distribution of American lobster (Homarus americanus) within the Bras d’Or Lakes.

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing research experience and interests, your CV, current academic transcripts (unofficial is sufficient for now), and the names and reference letters and contact information for 3 references. Please email these documents to Evelien VanderKloet ( with the Subject line “MSC Application_Bras d’Or Region” as soon as possible. We intend to start the positions by January 2019. The competition will remain open until suitable candidates are selected. While we welcome candidates from all ethnicities, preference will be given to Indigenous students. Minimum admission requirements are based on standards set by Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies (


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