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BIOS² Funding Program for PhD project in partnership

The BIOS² Research Funding Program in partnership supports PhD projects proposed by non-academic partner. The overall theme of the call is “improving biodiversity assessments with new computing technologies”. 

Biodiversity science progressed in the last fifteen years due to remarkable technical advances in computing power and data availability. Biodiversity monitoring programs, along with research projects and citizen science generate massive amounts of information that can be used to predict future impacts of human actions on biodiversity. Other fields of life sciences, such as genomics, medicine, and neuroscience, have met the ‘big data’ challenge by developing computational infrastructure, data pipelines and analytical frameworks, while ecology is comparatively lagging behind. This requires a specific approach to raising  computational literacy among the future generation of ecologists. 

The objectives of the training program in Computational Biodiversity Science and Services (BIOS²) are to 1) train future environmental problem solvers to monitor, analyze, predict, and act on biodiversity change issues using cutting edge technologies and analytical approaches, 2) train HQP to lead data-driven collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial research in biodiversity science and 3) improve recruitment of biodiversity science specialists in Canadian organizations.

The objective of this call is to support a PhD project proposed by a non-academic partner to BIOS² in order to improve their capacity in biodiversity assessments. The organization could be private, governmental or non-profit based. The organization will be involved in the development and realization of the project and his expected to host the student for part of his studies. The contact person must be a biodiversity specialist but is not required to be a researcher. A strong emphasis is given to problems that are of strategic importance to partners and with concrete applications of research outputs.

Value and resources:

A scholarship of a value of $20,000/year for up 3 years for salary plus $2000/year to support training (internships, communication, and travel). The funding will be administered by a BIOS² co-PI.

Selected students will become BIOS² Fellows. Fellows will have access to all training activities and financial support. They are expected to participate in the various activities and contribute to the collaborative environment of the program.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  1. Scientific relevance of the project
  2. Impact for partners 
  3. Implication of the partner in the research 
  4. Use of computational tools 
  5. Potential for training in a professional environment
  6. Resources for research

Application :

  • The objective of this call is to fund projects, not students. 
  • The application is conducted by a non-academic partner, under the supervision of a BIOS² co-PI.
  • Deadline for application: April 17, 2020
  • Notification of decision: May 1, 2020
  • Students will be selected by the co-PI and partner once the project is awarded. The project should start within 6 months after application. 

The selection is based on the above criteria and applications must respect the program rules for diversity and equity.

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Open PhD projects for NSE and non-NSE students

The BIOS² Research Funding Program supports PhD projects for NSE and non-NSE students proposed by academic members. Selected projects must align with the objectives of the training program. 

The BIOS² training program provides a framework to foster collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral research. It focuses on training the next generation of highly qualified people in quantitative ecology as well as future actors and decision makers in the biodiversity science sector. The main objectives of the program are to widen opportunities and skill sets among students and increase their recruitment in Biodiversity science in the Canadian job market. 

We are currently offering financial support for 3 PhD projects: one (1) in biodiversity science, and two (2) in non-Natural Sciences and Engineering domains. The aim of this call is to fund projects, not students. Once the project is awarded, students are selected by the academic member(s) leading the project. 

We invite researches to submit proposal for:

PhD Project in biodiversity science: We seek projects that will push the field of biodiversity science forward with the development of new analytical and modelling approaches to biodiversity assessments.

PhD Project for Non-Natural Sciences and Engineering: We seek projects in social sciences, politics, economics or education that will promote decision-making based on the most advanced techniques to assess biodiversity changes.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Scientific relevance of the project
  • Correspondence of the research with the program research themes
  • Training opportunities in computational and numerical methods applied to biodiversity science
  • Potential for training in a professional environment
  • Potential for collaborative research beyond academia
  • Implication of the member in the research and program

Value and resources:

A scholarship of a value of $10,000/year for up 3 years for salary plus $2000/year to support training (internships, communication, and travel). The funding will be administered by a BIOS² co-PI.

Selected students will become BIOS² Fellows. Fellows will have access to all training activities and financial support. Fellows are expected to participate in the various activities and contribute to the collaborative environment of the program.

Application :

  • The application is conducted by a BIOS² academic member. If you have a research project to propose but are not yet an academic member, please contact us: info.bios2@usherbrooke.ca
  • Deadline for application: April 17, 2020
  • Notification of decision: May 1, 2020
  • Students will be selected by the academic member once the project is awarded. The project should start within 6 months after application.

The selection is based on the above criteria and applications must respect the program rules for diversity and equity.

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Undergraduate scholarship for training in computational ecology

The Undergraduate scholarship program for training in computational ecology is now open.

BIOS² aims to train the next generation of highly qualified professionals and researchers in quantitative ecology and to prepare graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to have a high-impact career in biodiversity science.

The objective of the undergraduate scholarship program is to support students who demonstrate a strong interest in numerical and computational ecology.

Funding and resources

  • The value of the grant is $2,000. Undergraduate fellows also have access to travel / communication grant up to the value of $500.
  • Free access to all training activities, except working groups
  • Possibility to be mentored by a graduate fellow

Requirements for admission 

Be involved in activities that develop or deepen knowledge in numerical and computational ecology, such as : 

  • Participate in training activities offered by the BIOS² program;
  • Realize a professional internship or a research activity in line with the objectives of the BIOS² training program.

Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an undergraduate university program at one of the institutions affiliated with the program:

  • Concordia University
  • McGill University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Université Laval 
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia

Application process

Fellows will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application and on a first-come, first-served basis and until the funds available are exhausted. 

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to info.bios2@usherbrooke.ca

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PhD position on Key Biodiversity Areas and species range modelling

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCSC) is leading a collaborative effort to identify and establish a comprehensive national network of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Canada. WCSC will identify KBAs, which are sites that will contribute significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity, through the application of a new global standard, which is currently being introduced and adapted to the Canadian context.

We propose a PhD project that will be undertaken within the context of a Canadian KBA Coalition of governments, NGOs, scientists and Indigenous groups, that is working together to develop and apply the KBA approach. In particular, the PhD student will investigate the following methodological approaches and tools:

Develop a range modelling pipeline with Prof. Dominique Gravel’s research group at the Université de Sherbrooke in order to  automate the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas with open access occurrence data. The data and modelling approach will be tested and refined using data on Quebec biodiversity with a particular emphasis on rare and threaten species. The probability distribution model outputs will be used to identify KBAs and identify gaps, and uncertainties in the model outputs can then be refined, for example by identifying geographic areas or taxa that require further sampling. The approach will also be tested and refined for different taxa that may require unique methods. A second project will  aim to project future range maps under climate change scenarios and investigate the ability of the identified KBAs to contribute to persistence of biodiversity. 

The output will be a method/model for species ranges from heterogenous sources of information, a preliminary set of Key Biodiversity Areas in Quebec and climate change scenarios. There is potential for testing the methods more broadly in Canada in collaboration with other scientists in the Canadian KBA Coalition.

We offer a $20,000/yr scholarship for 4 years. The student will join the training program in computational biodiversity science BIOS2 which gives access to a rich network of collaborators, opportunities for internships and travels, training activities and working groups. The student will be co-supervised by Dominique Gravel at Université de Sherbrooke and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne from WCSC. The student will also be involved in the activities of the KBA Coalition.

We are looking for candidates with a MSc from biology or geography with a strong background in statistics or modelling. The application consists of a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, university transcripts and the name of 3 people who can provide references. The candidate should be able to start at the summer or the fall 2020 session.

Applications will be reviewed until the end of February 2020, or until the position is filled. Send your application to: dominique.gravel@usherbrooke.ca and craudsepp@wcs.org with the following title: “Application KBA PhD projet – name”.

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Calcul Québec Spring School in High Performance Computing – French

Registrations are now open for the Calcul Québec Spring School in High Performance Computing!

May 11-15, 2020 at Orford Musique
All levels
Please note that classes are mostly given in French.

The Calcul Québec Spring School in high-performance computing (HPC) allows graduate students, post-docs, researchers and professionals to learn how to make effective use of high-performance computing resources while at the same time benefiting from privileged access to Calcul Québec analysts for an entire week.

Two distinct streams for the workshops, designed to meet the needs of the greatest number of individuals, are proposed:

  • Data analysis and visualization with Python (beginner)
  • Parallel programming (advanced)

For more information, visit Calcul Quebec website https://ecole.calculquebec.ca.

Early Bird rates end March 31. Register now!

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Working Group in Biodiversity Synthesis: Call for Application

CIEE and BIOS² are co-sponsoring a data-driven working group in biodiversity synthesis. We invite graduate students from CIEE Member Universities and BIOS² Universities to submit an application for a one week working group at UBC May 4-8, 2020. Applications due: March 6, 2020.

The objective of this activity is to provide graduate students the opportunity to get experience in team projects oriented toward biodiversity synthesis and data analysis. Providing students a stimulating training environment is central to the activity. Working groups consist of a small group of researchers who meet in person in a single location, and work intensively and collaboratively on a research question, using best practices in team science and digital collaboration.

Synthesizing fifty years of ecological change in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

 The abundance and composition of marine animals in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence changed dramatically in the last 50 years, with the near extinction of large ground fish species like Atlantic Cod, and a rapid increase of invertebrates such as Lobster and Snow Crab. This working group will analyse change in population size and distribution of marine taxa, drawing on a unique long-term database based on yearly bottom-trawl surveys conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada since 1971. The working group will be composed of ten graduate students selected from across Canada, and led by Dr. Nicolas Rolland (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Dr. Guillaume Blanchet (Université de Sherbrooke). On the first day, Rolland and Blanchet will present the structure of the dataset, explain how to manipulate spatiotemporal data and provide the training you will need on cutting-edge methods in statistical modelling. Following, the CIEE will provide training on the working group method. During the other days, the group will work collaboratively on analysing change in different taxa (fish, invertebrates) in relation to time and potential drivers (e.g. climate, fishing, natural mortality), and co-write a paper summarizing these results for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. By interacting with a Fisheries and Ocean Canada scientist and understanding the data that is gathered by this federal institution, participants will gain insight into the type of research being carried out in this government department. By developing an understanding of past drivers and trajectories of change, this project will help Fisheries and Oceans Canada predict the future of this important marine ecosystem and guide management measures that support sustainable development in a changing environment. 

Application process :  

For information about the application and selection process, visit the CIEE Funding Page: http://www.ciee-icee.ca/funding.html
Or refer to the PDF here.

Participation in the working group, including transportation, is fully funded by CIEE and BIOS².

Applications due: March 6, 2020