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My research focuses on environmental controls regulating the formation and bioaccumulation of methylmercury (MeHg) in aquatic ecosystems, specifically mercury dynamics in prairie environments. Prairie lakes and wetlands are critical wildlife habitats, providing cover and nesting sites for hundreds of game and non-game wildlife species and containing the some of the most important waterfowl breeding habitat remaining in North America. Wetlands in this region have the potential to produce high levels of MeHg which can bioaccumulate in both aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Examining environmental factors regulating mercury cycling in prairie wetlands will provide information necessary to protect wildlife populations inhabiting these vulnerable habitats.
Currently, a MSc position is available to test current fish mercury models in Saskatchewan. The project’s goal is to determine if existing mercury models are appropriate for predicting Hg levels in fish from lakes in both the prairie and aspen parkland region of Saskatchewan. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about applied fisheries science, hard working, and able to work effectively with a number of external researchers and government and citizen led organizations. The work will be mostly computer based, and therefore strong computing skills are required. Field work will also be necessary. Start date will be September 2014. The Department of Biology at the University of Regina offers guaranteed salary stipends provided in part by both the faculty member and teaching assistantships. Please send a letter of inquiry plus a CV and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Britt Hall, Department of Biology, University of Regina; email@example.com.