lundi 17 septembre 2012

PhD in the Integrative Biology of Weakly Electric Fishes

Aquatic hypoxia has become an environmental issue of global significance; and it is increasingly important that we understand its consequences for morphology, physiology, and behaviour of aquatic organisms. In a series of projects, we are investigating effects of both short-term and long-term (developmental) exposure to hypoxia on a range of morphological and physiological traits concurrently with communication and other behaviours in South American weakly electric fishes (gymnotiforms). 
We combine expertise of three labs (Lauren Chapman: hypoxia, respiratory ecology, ecophysiology; Rüdiger Krahe: animal communication, electric fishes; Nadia Aubin-Horth: behavioural endocrinology, developmental plasticity) to develop an integrative approach linking energetics, morphology, endocrine regulation and behaviour. Ph.D. students will be co-supervised by two of the principal investigators and will have the opportunity to be based either at McGill University in Montreal or Université Laval in Quebec City. Students will receive a salary established according to departmental regulations that permits full-time commitment to postgraduate studies. Applicants must have a strong interest in behaviour, ecophysiology, animal communication, and/or evolutionary ecology, a competitive academic resume, and prior research experience at the undergraduate or graduate level. Experience with laboratory and/or field studies with fishes would be an asset.
For further information please contact:
Lauren Chapman, McGill University,
Rüdiger Krahe, McGill University,
Nadia Aubin-Horth, Université Laval,

Nadia Aubin-Horth
Associate professor
Biology Department
Institute of Integrative and Systems Biology Room 1241, Charles-Eugène-Marchand Building 1030, Ave. de la Médecine Laval University Quebec City (QC) G1V 0A6 Canada
Phone: 418.656.3316 Fax: 418.656.7176