MSc: Impacts of natural temperature variability on performance of Atlantic salmon

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Climate models predict that not only will the average global temperature increase, but so will temperature variability and extreme weather events. Variability in temperature is likely as important in defining performance limits as average environmental temperature, yet there is a significant knowledge gap regarding how fishes respond to natural, diel thermal cycles. Our goal in this project is to determine the effects of warm diel thermal cycles, typical of the summer months (e.g. 11-27°C), on Atlantic salmon growth, metabolism, performance (exhaustive exercise) and physiological stress.

The MSc position is fully funded with a competitive stipend and access to teaching assistantships at Mount Allison University. The successful candidate will participate in the field collection and lab husbandry of Atlantic salmon and all measurements of performance and stress. Applicants should possess a BSc by the start date of the position, preferably with research experience, and physiological knowledge. The preferred start date is May 1st.

Anyone wishing to apply should send their CV, unofficial transcript, names and contact information of 2 references, and a letter of interest to Dr. Andrea Morash and Dr. Suzie Currie. Please consult the Mount Allison University Graduate Studies information for eligibility requirements. Applications will be received until the position is filled. We are committed to diversity and inclusiveness and encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities.

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