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Postdoctoral position in bee behaviour and ecology

The Raine lab at the University of Guelph is looking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher for a project examining the foraging and dispersal patterns of bumblebees (Bombus spp.), and other large insect pollinators, in a range of landscapes. The postdoctoral researcher is envisaged to use radiotracking to compare how spatial patterns of pollinator movement might be affected by exposure to environmental stressors (e.g. pesticides and/or pathogens) using radiotracking techniques. The Raine lab has established an extensive radio telemetry array of tracking towers to automatically monitor radio-tagged animals. These tracking towers can be moved and deployed in a range of array designs to study questions about foraging, dispersal or other movement questions in different landscapes/ locations. Demonstrable experience in spatial ecology, particularly radiotracking, would be an asset.

The Raine lab studies questions relating to the behaviour, ecology and conservation of pollinators (https://1in3mouthfuls.org) as part of the School of Environmental Sciences. Successful candidates will have a chance to interact with other research groups (including the Honeybee Research Centre) and diverse faculty across campus. The University of Guelph was recently ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for ecology, and has very strong links to agricultural and food research.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their expertise, a CV, reprints of relevant papers, and contact information for 3 referees to nraine@uoguelph.ca between now and 2nd April 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Position duration: 2 years

Salary: $50,000 including benefits.

PhD position in crop pollination by wild pollinators

The Raine lab at the University of Guelph has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic graduate student interested in PhD research on the value of wild pollinators to crop pollination. 

Project

We depend on wild pollinators to support production of many of the foods we eat, particularly for fruit and vegetable crops. Demand for crop pollinators is increasing rapidly leading to real risks of reduced yields or crop quality if these ecosystem services are insufficient to meet demand. Managed honeybee stocks cannot keep pace with increasing pollinator demands, so we must find ways to sustain and enhance the free services provided by wild pollinators in our agricultural landscapes to support crop production. This project will assess the current status of pollination services for several economically important crops in Ontario (e.g. apple, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and cucurbits). The graduate student will determine which flower visiting insect species are consistently the most important pollinators of each crop, and assess the potential for pollination deficits both now and into the future. We will work to develop a toolkit to support farmers and producers in assessing their pollination needs within their farm landscape. This will involve identifying key landscape features and habitat types important to support wild pollinator biodiversity to restore, sustain or enhance sustainable pollination services on these farms. 

Environment

The Raine lab is a dynamic and collegiate team of motivated scientists studying diverse research questions relating to the behaviour, ecology and conservation of insect pollinators (https://1in3mouthfuls.org) as part of the School of Environmental Sciences. Successful candidates will have a chance to interact with other research groups (including the Honeybee Research Centre) and diverse faculty across campus. The University of Guelph was recently ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for ecology, and has very strong links to agricultural and food research.

Candidate

The successful candidate will have:

  1. A master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. behavioural or evolutionary ecology)
  2. Excellent written skills evidenced by scientific journal papers, conference papers or technical reports
  3. Willingness to work with bees and other insects
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
  5. Valid driver’s licence (the project involves a significant field work component)

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Previous research experience of collecting ecological or behavioural data (particularly in the field) would be an asset. 
  • Demonstrable interest in science communication and/or extension.
  • Ideally the candidate would be able to start as soon as possible. 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a (a) cover letter outlining their expertise, (b) a CV, (c) a copy of your academic transcript, (d) reprints of relevant papers, and (e) contact information for 3 referees to nraine@uoguelph.ca with the subject line “PhD position in crop pollination by wild pollinators”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.