PhD Opportunity: Monitoring the impacts of climate change on biodiversity

The Government of Quebec’s Biodiversity Monitoring Network is the first large-scale project in Quebec to document changes in biodiversity on a large scale. It was developed through the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change in partnership with the Ministère des Forêts de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) and the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte aux Changements Climatiques (MELCC). Nearly 250 sites have been monitored since 2016, using about thirty indicators and taxonomic groups in a variety of environments (forest, tundra, bog, marsh, lake and river).

We are looking for a PhD student to synthesize the observations and develop interpretation tools.

Specific objectives include

  • Identify metrics to report biodiversity changes and study their drivers;
  • Develop a methodology for an integrated assessment of biodiversity changes at the ecosystem scale;
  • Assessing the distribution of species assemblages in relation to climate envelopes and modeling the impact of climate scenarios.

This project will provide a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary and collaborative process that includes partners from the academic, government, parks, conservation and indigenous sectors. The student will become familiar with various sampling methods and related analytical issues. The student will be asked to develop tools to represent the information in order to communicate the results to different audiences using new approaches (e.g. dashboards, podcasts, digital stories) on the Biodiversité Québec portal. The work will be done in collaboration with specialists in biodiversity, communication, design and data science.


A M.Sc. degree in biology, forestry, ecology, environmental sciences or biostatistics is required. The candidate must have knowledge and/or previous experience in handling large databases, programming, or at least a strong interest in developing these skills.


The research activities will take place at Biodiversité Québec at the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Prof. Dominique Gravel, and at the Ministère Forêts Faune et Parcs under the supervision of Anouk Simard. The environment will be enhanced by the BIOS² training program in numerical methods and its entire community of students and researchers. Biodiversité Québec values diversity, equality, equity and inclusion and invites all qualified individuals to apply. Financial support of 22 000$/year is guaranteed for four years.


Applications, including a letter describing research interests, a CV, a copy of academic transcripts and information for two references, should be sent to Dominique Gravel ( and Anouk Simard ( with “PhD Application BDQC – name” in the subject line.

The offer will be open until a candidate is selected. Target start date: September 2022.

Call for proposals: Open projects in biodiversity science and Non-NSE domains

The BIOS2 Research Funding Program supports open projects in biodiversity science and non-NSE domains proposed by academic members

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 projects in biodiversity science, and 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. 

Call for projects: 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. 

Call 2021 – Apply now to become a BIOS² Fellows

This is the 2021 Call for new BIOS² Fellows.

Applications are due by July 18, 2021.

The Computational Biodiversity Science and Services BIOS2 training program is a NSERC-CREATE program. Fellows learn computational and quantitative skills from some of Canada’s best biodiversity scientists and apply skills to solve real-world problems through internships and working groups. BIOS² aims at widening opportunities and skill sets among students and postdoctoral fellows and increasing recruitment in biodiversity science in the Canadian job market.

This Call is intended for graduate students, with or without funding, but the program is open to all.

Students accepted into the BIOS² program will have access to all training activities and financial support, including scholarships and travel grants. More information can be found here: