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Job advertisement PhD in Peatland Plant Ecology - Fen restoration

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PhD in Peatland Plant Ecology - Fen restoration

PhD in Peatland Plant Ecology - Fen restoration

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Université Laval

Program:PhD in Plant Biology
Supervisor: Line Rochefort
Location: Université Laval (Quebec City, QC)
Starting date: As soon as possible


Québec, Canada


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

35000 € / Year, $CAD (supplements up to 10,000$)

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

26 March 2024

Job description

Project Description: Since the 1990s, the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) has developed a restoration method tailored to ombrotrophic peatlands (bogs) after peat extraction. However, for minerotrophic peatlands (fens), where peat conditions are richer, this approach is not suitable as it does not promote the return of an ecosystem dominated by sedges and mosses. Given the complexity of the hydrological context of fens, a landscape-scale restoration approach is envisioned, combining the creation of macro-topography with progressive rewetting. The recruited student will participate in evaluating this approach for a fen restoration project in Manitoba. Additionally, the student will examine propagation and reintroduction methods of various fen species, both in greenhouse and field settings.

Qualifications required:
- Interest in peatland research and ecological restoration. -Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, ecology, environmental science, or equivalent.
- Fieldwork experience and good tolerance to outdoor elements (heat, cold, rain, insects, etc.).
- Good level of English, basic knowledge of French, an asset.
- Valid driver’s licence in Québec province.
- Ability to work in a team.

How to apply

To apply, please send:
- CV
- Cover letter
- Transcript
- Contact information for 3 references