Current opportunities:

We are always looking for promising students, especially those supported with external funds. Talented undergraduate students interested in developing special projects for course credit should contact Dr. Poesch regarding potential opportunities. Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to conduct research on projects listed below:

M.Sc. Position / Post-doctoral Researcher - Habitat Offsetting for Freshwater Fishes

This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, and industry and government sponsors. Main project goals include: i) identifying food-web dynamics of newly created compensation lakes, ii) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring newly created compensation lakes, and iii) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into the role of how to develop habitat offsets, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Candidates will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments. This project is seeking one MSc candidate and potentially one PDF. Candidates should have a degree/degrees in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Candidates must have with high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Candidates should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Candidates interested in this position should send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch ( with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample and a list of three references. Please note this competition will remain open until the position is filled.

Why the University of Alberta?

Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation.

UAlberta is globally connected through nearly 400 teaching and research partnerships in 50 countries, home to more than 500 graduate programs, 200 undergraduate programs and 450 active student groups.

UAlberta is ranked as a Top 5 Canadian university and is one of the Top 100 universities in the world!!!