Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society

Larkin Award Announcement – 2018 Winners

Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – 2018 Results This year, a total of 8 MSc students and 14 PhD candidates applied for the Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries. Ten Canadian Institutions were represented by the pool of applicants: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, Lakehead University, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta. Our judging panel consisted of Cindy Chu (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Karen Murchie (John G. Shedd Aquarium). The following graduate students are your winners and runners-up for 2018: […]

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PhD and MSc positions to study Atlantic Salmon biology

Applications are being accepted for Ph.D. students to work on a large, NSERC Funded project examining the migration biology of Atlantic salmon smolts relative to aquaculture sites in eastern Canada, and the role of pathogen expression on salmon behaviour, physiology, and survival. The positions are based at Dalhousie University and the Ocean Tracking Network, in the lab of Dr Glenn Crossin. Students will also work closely with partners at DFO and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Candidates should have knowledge of acoustic telemetry and fish ecology, and quantitative modelling skills and experience with molecular techniques are desired. Successful candidates will be able to work effectively independently, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Candidates should also be dependable and motivated to see projects through to completion, and […]

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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available at University of Toronto Scarborough

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available Mandrak Lab University of Toronto Scarborough Fish Community Change in Space and Time The Mandrak lab, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct research on quantifying changes in fish communities along an urban to rural to forest gradient. The research will be conducted at three scales. A global analysis will be conducted at a watershed scale using existing data with emphasis on testing hypotheses related to invasive species as part of a new Global Urban Biological Invasion Consortium. A national analysis will be conducted at the watershed level comparing distributions between 1973 and the present. A regional analysis will […]

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Job opportunity with the Pacific Salmon Commission (Vancouver, BC)

The Pacific Salmon Commission is looking to hire a new data technician to work in its Vancouver office. Applications due Nov. 7, 2018. Follow the link below for a pdf with more detail about the job including how to apply. PSC data technician job ad

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Important CARS update

Below are the results of our 2018 elections and our current Executive Committee membership. Congratulations Caleb, Erin, Graham and Mike – thank you for agreeing to serve on the CARS ExComm. A huge thank you to Margot Stockwell, our outgoing Secretary-Treasurer, who, in addition to her core responsibilities, coordinated the logistics for the CCFFR Clemens-Rigler Travel Fund on behalf of CARS. As CCFFR is now incorporated, CARS is no longer responsible for coordinating this fund and is looking for a new role with CCFFR – for example, coordinating early-career professional workshops. Please send along any ideas that you may have. Many thanks also to our long-time Communications Officer, Caleb, who […]

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New scholarships announced for students studying fish and wildlife

Shimano Canada and the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus of Canada recently announced ten new $3000 scholarships for post-secondary students studying fish and wildlife. Scholarship applications are due November 2, 2018. Click here for more information about these scholarships, including how to apply.

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Summer Field Assistants Needed

Positions: Two Arctic Field Research Assistants Duration: ~August 6 to ~ August 27, 2018 Location: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Stipend: $2,100 for the three-week duration. All costs related to travel, food and accommodations are additionally covered. Description: Our study area is in a unique region of northern Canada, where Canada’s first all-season highway connection to the Arctic Ocean has just opened to the public. This August, our research team will be collecting fish population data in lakes between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. The research program is a joint effort led by Dr. Derek Gray (Wilfrid Laurier) and Dr. Sapna Sharma (York University) investigating the effects of climate change on […]

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2018 Larkin Award Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Peter A. Larkin Student Award for Excellence in Fisheries. The purpose of the award is to identify the top current MSc and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution. The awards are valued at $400.00 and are not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship. The award is administered and supported by the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section (CARS) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS). To be eligible for the award, you must be a current member of AFS (go to fisheries.org). You can join at the time of applying to this award. We also encourage you to check the […]

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Join the CARS Excom!

CARS is seeking people to fill the following positions (start date September 2018): Vice-President– duties are at the leisure of the president and the position is primarily for training.  The VP accedes the Presidency upon the completion of the two-year term. In total, this is a six-year commitment (2-year VP, 2-year P, and 2 year Past-President). Secretary/Treasurer – duties are to assist with the preparation of the annual report, collect and be custodian of section funds, disperse funds as authorized, complete CRA reporting on an annual basis, and keep official records of the section. This is a a two-year term, however multiple consecutive terms are allowed. Communications Officer – duties include: […]

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Larkin Award Runner-up: Sarah Walton

By Sarah Walton, M.Sc. candidate, Carleton University I am an MSc candidate co-supervised by Dr. Steven Cooke in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University and Dr. John Farrell from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). My research investigates spatiotemporal and behavioural ecology of age zero esocids – Muskellunge (Esox masquinogy) and Northern Pike (Esox lucius) – in the St. Lawrence River. Exploring the spatiotemporal ecology of fish is necessary to elucidate life history strategies, delineate and conserve core habitats, and appropriately manage populations. While nursery habitat requirements for age zero esocids in the St. Lawrence River are well […]

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