University of Calgary

PhD position available to study pollinator ecology

This is a renewed search for a position advertised last fall. We are seeking a graduate student to begin work on a PhD in September 2018, to join the labs of Paul Galpern and Ralph Cartar at the University of Calgary, in a biology department with considerable expertise in pollination and pollinator ecology, and in beneficial insects.

This federally funded research program brings together researchers in applied mathematics, optimization, computer science, and ecology. The project will involve landscape-scale study of wild-nesting bumble bee pollinators at field locations in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. The research will involve consideration of landscape context, off-crop foraging alternatives, distance-based foraging, foraging competitors, and reproductive success of bumble bee colonies in the context of wild bumble bees providing ecosystem pollination services to blueberries. It integrates landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, and spans basic and applied ecology.

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