Evaluating mammalian diversity across a disturbance gradient using eDNA

Opportunity Description

Level: MSc
Location: Prince George, BC / Tsay Keh Dene, BC

The habitats within the territory of Tsay Keh Dene Nation are under pressure from industrial activities and natural disturbances. Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Chu Cho Environmental have initiated a research program focused on documenting biodiversity within watersheds across a risk/disturbance gradient to better understand the effects of habitat alteration on biodiversity, identify local disturbance thresholds, and inform the Nation’s approach to landscape planning and disturbance management. In collaboration with Dr. Heather Bryan at the University of Northern British Columbia, we are seeking a graduate student to complete a mammalian monitoring component of this program. The graduate student will use eDNA field and lab methods to evaluate mammalian species diversity and distribution within focal watersheds. Field and lab data will be used in combination with spatial analyses to evaluate species diversity across watersheds and over time, and ask how mammalian diversity is related to disturbance at the watershed scale.

Start Date

May 2022. The graduate student will be employed as a field technician from May-Sep 2022, and will start the graduate program in Sep, 2022.


- BSc in ecology, wildlife biology, genetics, or similar
- Capable in both the field and laboratory environment
- Comfortable working in remote locations and travelling via truck on forest service roads, boat, and/or helicopter
- Experience with genetics and environmental DNA
- Experience working with Indigenous communities is an asset

Include with application

- Cover letter
- CV - Unofficial academic transcripts
- Name and contact information for three references

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Please email your application as a single PDF file with your name and “Mammalian eDNA Biodiversity MSc Application” in the subject line to both:

- Heather Bryan, UNBC – Heather.Bryan@unbc.ca
- Erica Bonderud, Chu Cho Environmental – erica@chuchoenvironmental.com

Closing date: March 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm PST

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