Volume 22 No. 12

November 7, 2017

Programs and Events

Undergraduate research opportunity with Germany

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake research at eligible German institutions.

RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with three-month projects supervised by PhD students in Germany.

  • Open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program
  • Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program
  • Applications accepted until December 15, 2017
  • Competitive opportunity — only top-ranked students are matched with projects
  • Projects must start between May 15 and July 9, 2018
  • Approved recipients receive $5,200 toward travel and accommodations

For questions about the application procedure, matching process, and internship placement, please contact rise-germany@daad.de. For any questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca.

UBC 13th Larkin Lecture November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 5:00pm


Speaker: Nate Mantua
NOAA NMFS Southwest  Fisheries Science Center

Please Register at EVENTBRITE OR EMAIL larkinlecture@oceans.ubc.ca

Climate contributions to hard times in US West Coast salmon fisheries
The “warm blob” of 2014-2016 is the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, case of climate extremes having severe negative impacts on west coast salmon fisheries.  U.S. west coast Chinook salmon catches in 2016 were the 5th lowest since 1971, harvest quotas were not met, and spawning escapements to the Klamath and Sacramento River basins were very low. For 2017, the Klamath River Chinook salmon abundance forecast is the lowest on record, and 2017 salmon fisheries have been sharply restricted from southern Oregon to southern California.  Sustained hard times for modern US west coast salmon fisheries began in the early 1990s, with eleven of the past twenty-five years marked by federal disaster declarations. Using a framework for a fishery being composed of an integrated system linking nature, law, and economy, in this talk I evaluate the role that climate extremes, resource management policies, and the evolving salmon production system played in federal fishery disaster determinations for US west coast Chinook Salmon fisheries.  I also evaluate the role of climate change in recent Northeast Pacific climate trends and extremes, and what future climate projections suggest for the future of the west coast salmon production system. 

2018 PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

On Monday 5 March 2018, the PDAC, the SEG Canada Foundation, the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Goodman School of Mines, and the NSERC-CMIC Exploration Footprints Network in cooperation with Student Leaders from the Laurentian University and Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre SEG Student Chapters will host the Annual “Student Minerals Colloquium” in the Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  The Colloquium will include more than 100 poster presentations highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students across North America. 

All students (BSc, MSc, PhD) working on projects with a link to mineral deposits (e.g. mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental, hydrogeology) are encouraged to participate. This event attracts hundreds of industry participants who are attending PDAC and therefore provides the widest-possible exposure for your work.

For more information, please see here.

Employment Opportunities

Engineering Geologist, GNS Science, New Zealand

We are New Zealand's leading provider of Earth and geoscience research and consultancy services.  Our Active Landscape Department is responsible for Engineering and Earthquake Geology research and commercial activities in fields including earthquake-induced landslides, rainfall-induced landslides, ground characterization for earthquake hazards (liquefaction and ground shaking amplification), active faulting, paleoearthquake and paleotsunami studies.

We are currently seeking an experienced Engineering Geologist to undertake landslide hazard and risk assessment for a range of commercial and research projects.

If you have

  • A MSc (preferably PhD) in Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering
  • At least two years' experience in on-site field geological and geomorphological mapping and ground investigations
  • At least 5 years' experience in Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering Consulting and Research is desirable
  • Experience in landslide hazard and risk assessments, including statistical modelling, and potentially slope stability and runout modelling
  • Experience of using GIS, specifically ArcGIS and
  • A demonstrated ability to write reports on field operations, the data collected and results,

then we would like to hear from you.

For further information about this position and to apply online please visit https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/gns-science/gns-science-jobs

Closing date: Sunday, 19 November 2017

Aquatic Scientist, Minnow Environmental Inc.

Minnow Environmental Inc. is a leader in Aquatic Environmental Consulting services, conducting studies in freshwater and marine environments across Canada.  We are a firm of aquatic scientists servicing the Canadian natural resource sector, with offices in Georgetown and Guelph, ON and Victoria, BC.  We are currently seeking someone to join us as an Aquatic Scientist.  The position will involve managing and supporting studies at industrial sites located across Canada, with project responsibilities that include the design and implementation of field programs, the organization, analysis, and interpretation of water, sediment, benthic invertebrate, and fish data, and the preparation of interpretive reports.  

The successful candidate will have exceptional organizational, communication, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills, an eye for detail, strong writing skills, experience in aquatic sampling and data analysis (knowledge of software applications including MS Word, MS Excel, statistical packages) with consulting and project management skills.  A graduate degree in environmental science is preferred together with 2 to 5 years relevant work experience.  The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel and work in remote locations.  Registration as a professional biologist in BC and/or Alberta would be considered an asset.

Minnow offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and a flexible work environment.  If interested, please submit your resume in confidence to   or fax to 905-873-6370 attention Human Resources.