The candidate will participate in the development of a real-time forecasting system for Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW).
Specifically, the candidate will develop a statistical framework to estimate and probabilistically predict the locations and trajectories of the 76 endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the busy international waters of the Salish Sea. The goals are to better understand their ecology and habitat utilization, and protect them from anthropogenic disturbances such as shipping noise and collisions with ships. This post-doctoral project will require methodological development to make use of multiple data sources pertaining to SRKW and their oceanic environment, each with their own resolution and precision.  Up to 3 years of funding is available.

Academic team:
Ruth Joy <> (SFU), Mike Dowd
<> (Dalhousie), Dave Campbell

Burnaby BC, initially with some flexibility after the first year.

Project Abstract:
As only 76 Southern Resident Killer Whales remain, this endangered population cannot risk any injuries or mortalities from ships that transit through their habitat. These whales are present year-round in BC waters, spending significant time foraging in the Salish Sea in the summer. Much of their critical habitat overlaps with shipping lanes connecting the Pacific Ocean with ports in southern British Columbia and Washington State.  If operators of transiting ships were aware in real-time of the location and probability of whales moving into or towards their path, a significant proportion of that risk could be removed if ships reduced their speed or adjusted their path.

Using multiple data sources of varying quality and resolution (existing acoustic hydrophone nodes, observer data, and environmental variables), this project aims to develop the capability of an advanced warning system to reduce the risk of lethal and sub-lethal ship collisions for this endangered population.  The post-doc will work on developing the methodological framework for a real time stochastic movement forecast model to estimate and predict real-time whale pod locations, with an emphasis on the acquisition, processing, synthesis, fusion and analysis of diverse data types.

Job Summary and Duties:
The Junior Researcher will contribute for the development and execution of BECORV project. The tasks involved are:
a) Acoustic and/or satellite telemetry data analysis, using R and eventually GIS.
b) To participate in the project dissemination namely writing scientific papers, presentations and reports.
c) Collaborate in the supervision of MSc. and Doctoral students.

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) has a permanent position vacant as Associate Professors / Professor in coastal ecology of high latitudes. The position is attached to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE) in Tromsø.

Deadline for application: 20/06/2019

Utlysningstekst engelsk

Un post-doc (3 ans) à l’IMR-Tromsø (Norvège):

The research group on Ecosystem Processes at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has an immediate opening for a three-year postdoc position.

The work place will be at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway.

The research group on Ecosystem Processes has expertise in observation at sea, experimental and modelling studies to conduct research on marine trophic interactions, integrated ecosystem assessments, ecosystem modelling, cumulative impacts, vulnerability and risk assessments.

Application deadline: 24 May 2019