Graduate Opportunities

Program: PhD (MSc applicants may be considered)

Project: Detection of environmental DNA for use in determining aquatic species presence and abundance. Involves fieldwork, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

Description: An emerging technology is the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) as a molecular fingerprint for the presence and abundance of organisms. The PhD student will be afforded the opportunity to conduct field based experimentation to validate the utility of using eDNA methodologies for detecting target aquatic species and then apply these methodologies to local waterways for the development of end-user tools for monitoring aquatic ecosystem health and prediction of changes to aquatic populations.

Anticipated Start Date: As early as Jan 2018

Details: Applicants should have meaningful experience in molecular biology and statistical analysis of biological data. Fieldwork experience and proficiency with bioinformatics is considered an asset.

How to Apply: Please attach a single PDF file to either Dr. Paul Craig or Dr. Barb Katzenback (barb.katzenback@uwaterloo.ca) that contains a letter of research interest, CV, transcripts and the names and contact information of 2-3 references. The subject line should read “GWF-PhD Position 2018”.

499 Thesis Course Opportunities

Please contact Dr. Craig directly if interested in a 499 thesis for the Fall of 2018. I will be accepting 2 undergraduate thesis students.