Monthly Archives: February 2013

PhD or Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity Grizzly Bears AB, Canada

Project Opportunity:

Railway mitigation for grizzly bears in the mountain parks

I seek an exceptional Ph.D. student or Postdoctoral Fellow to study habitat selection, movement behaviour, and transportation mitigation in the context of grizzly bear rail strikes in the mountain parks.  The core study area is the CPR line through Banff and Yoho National Parks, with collaborative involvement by adjacent jurisdictions.  This opportunity stems from the Grizzly Bear Conservation Initiative, a joint effort by Canadian Pacific Railway and Parks Canada Agency, and provides salary and research expenses for three years with a base in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta working with Colleen Cassady St. Clair.  Modest additional grant writing may be necessary.  Within a team of other researchers and in a wider collaborative environment with other researchers, the incumbent will have primary responsibility for

  • supervising summer assistants between April and October, annually,
  • refining and conducting protocols to measure environmental variables via ground and remote sensing methods,
  • analyzing and interpreting GPS collar data,
  • placing and maintaining automated recorders to collect visual and acoustic data,
  • assisting with project administration, particularly as it concerns field work,
  • providing timely accounting and performance reports with assistance from other team members, and
  • maintaining regular, proactive, and comprehensive communication about all aspects of the research project.

Beyond working towards existing research objectives associated with these tasks, there is scope for the candidate to develop modest additional research questions and methods, again within a collaborative team-based environment.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent academic background, superb written and oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership ability, organizational prowess, extensive field experience, a background in wildlife ecology, a commitment to finishing tasks, a passion for wildlife conservation, and an affable nature.  Additional relevant, but not essential, attributes include experience with GIS, remote sensing, and GPS technology, advanced statistical aptitude, knowledge of bear biology and mountain ecology, and experience with transportation mitigation.

Interested applicants should send an email with the subject heading “Applicant for bear project” to Colleen St. Clair ( that includes a brief summary of relevant expertise, a CV, and contact information for three references.   Review of applications will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Ideally, the candidate will begin in April 2013 or sooner.  With apologies, we may contact in the short term only those from whom we request more information.

Free online R course: 4-8 Feb

Please see below about a free online course (only available in real time: 4-8 Feb) in linear modelling in R

Posted by Hannah

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Roger Mundry, a statistical advisor at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig is giving a course on “Linear Modelling in R” in Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Seville (see the program attached) from 04/02/2013 to 08/02/2013. With the support of ManuSTAT Central, the event will be broadcasted through the internet.

This would allow us to extend the audience, thus I can offer you to follow the event with us online if you or your students are interested. The participation is completely GRATIS, you only need to register through ManuSTAT Central ( After signing up (i.e. providing some basic information, no subsequent marketing material) you will be free to follow the lectures on your computer or you can even use an LCD projector in a lecture room in front of a multiple audience.

To follow the event, you will only need to download a little program (GoToWebinar). That interface works on a variety of platforms from PC to Macs including smart phones and tablets. You will need an internet connection and a speaker, that is all. All necessary information will be provided upon registration. The procedure is simple, I tried it, it worked, but please note, I cannot offer more technical help.

Sorry for the hectic posting, the technical background has only become established very recently. However, I still think that many of you would be interested and would be happy to take the opportunity. Given the technical constraints, however, for the moment, I cannot offer you i) the opportunity to interact with the lecturer, ii) a guarantee that the system will work perfectly.

You are free to forward this e-mail to your colleagues and friends, but please, note that the registration is limited and the the event can only be followed in real time, which might be difficult for people from overseas.

All the best,

László Zsolt Garamszegi
Department of Evolutionary Ecology
Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC
c/ Americo Vespucio, s/n
41092, Seville, Spain
Tel: (+34) 954 232 340 – (+34) 954466700 ext. 1111
Fax: (+34) 954 621 125

Post-viva drinks! Tonight at the Riverside 8.30-9pm

Hi everyone!  To commemorate the end of me being a PhD student and now a Doctorate, I’ll be having some post-viva drinks tonight at the Riverside from around 8.30-9pm, everyone is invited to attend. There will likely be a mix of roller girls and work people, so it should be fun 🙂

The Riverside Cafe is located at: 1 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN