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Queen's University

Available Graduate Student Positions

Queen’s University is a leading research-intensive institution with a strong graduate program in biology. The Department of Biology provides a stimulating and dynamic research environment with an interactive and supportive atmosphere for graduate studies.

Below are listed some positions that are available in our department. This is by no means an exhaustive list so please explore the research programs of all of our faculty by visiting their individual web profiles. Up to $250 is available to help defray the travel cost of bringing potential graduate students to Queen's for an interview.

PhD position in Experimental Population Ecology
A PhD position is available in the area of Experimental Population Dynamics, which is part of a larger project aimed at understanding how changes in seasonal temperatures influence the stability of population dynamics.

The overall project is an international collaboration between Dr. Nelson (Queen’s University, Canada), Dr. Bjornstad (Penn State, USA), Dr. Tobin (USDA, USA) and Dr. Yamanaka (NIAES, Japan) and is funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). While strongly interdisciplinary between mathematical and experimental approaches, it is anticipated that each graduate student on the project will take a single focused approach to studying the problem. Candidates for this position will have the opportunity to work with the tortrix tea pest (Adoxophyes honmai) at Queen’s University, which is a unique experimental model system. More background on this project and our lab group can be found on my website (

Applicants for this position should have a strong academic record and demonstrated ability for independent research. I encourage applicants with a background in either mathematics or experimental biology. Please send your CV, a copy of academic transcripts and a cover letter to Bill Nelson ( Queen’s University is a leading research intensive institution with a strong graduate program in Ecology and Evolution, as well as Mathematical Biology. The Biology department provides stimulating academic environment with a collegial atmosphere. Queen’s Biology guarantees a minimum annual stipend of $22,500; and Queen’s University is committed to fostering equity and diversity in the workplace.


T. bicolor Positions available for MSc and/or PhD students.

I am seeking highly motivated, hard-working, and intellectually curious students to join my lab in the fall of 2013 to pursue graduate degrees under my supervision. Students will conduct independent projects within the broad scope of ongoing and planned research in my lab, including projects looking at the role of hormones in mediating life history tradeoffs, the influence of prior environmental conditions on future physiology, behavior, and life history, and/or the physiological and behavioral traits that underlie environmental tolerance, particularly in relation to adaptation to urban habitats. Interested students should contact me with a cover letter and statement of interests, a cv, and a transcript (unofficial is ok). Start date would be fall of 2013, although opportunities might be available to begin field work during the spring or summer.

Fran Bonier
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grogan_landscape.png PhD and MSc graduate positions in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
Our lab is focused on understanding how terrestrial ecosystems function and why they are structured the way they are (  We investigate biogeochemical interactions between plants, herbivores, soil microbes, and soils that significantly affect ecosystem functioning.  Right now, we are interested in gaining a better understanding of the controls on carbon and nutrient cycling and their interactions in arctic tundra, temperate grassland and forest ecosystems, and have experiments and collaborations across Canada as well as in Alaska and Scandinavia.  The underlying rationale for our research is that an improved understanding of biogeochemical interactions is essential to predicting the impacts of perturbations such as changes in climate and land-use management, and therefore to developing appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies.  Here are just two of many questions that I would be interesting in developing with new graduate students:

How do the differences between nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemistry influence our understanding of low arctic tundra ecosystems, and how they will be affected by climate change?

How will melting permafrost alter vegetation structure and biogeochemical cycling in low arctic tundra ecosystems?

Applicants should e-mail me ( with a short CV and an insightful paragraph outlining specifics of how your research interests and experience would contribute to, and the kinds of questions you would like to address. [Posted 6 February 2012]



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