Student Opportunity Announcements

Funded Ph.D. project, Numerical modelling + zooplankton

Numerical modelling of the physiology and
transport of two krill species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Eastern Canada)


Krill is an essential link between the pelagic primary production
(phytoplankton) and higher trophic levels, such as fishes, marine birds and
mammals. Despite its abundance, our knowledge on krill populations’ dynamics in
the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence (GSL) remain very limited. This Ph.D. project aims at developing
biophysical models that integrate the physiology and behaviour of individuals
within their 3D environment in order to study the mechanisms underpinning the
distribution and production patterns of the 2 dominant krill species in the
It is part of an NSERC-Strategic project entitled “Production and
consumption of krill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: toward an ecosystem-based
stock assessment” that brings together researchers from the academia, the
government and the industry in order to lay the bases for a comprehensive
understanding of the ecology of krill populations in the GSL system.


The successful applicant will work in the Numerical
Ecosystems and Oceanography Lab (NEOLab)
at the Université Laval in Québec city (Canada), under the supervision of Prof.
Frédéric Maps (ULaval) and the co-supervision of Dr. Diane Lavoie & Dr.
Stéphane Plourde (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). Québec is the capital of the
French-speaking province of Québec in Canada. It is a UNESCO World Heritage


Start date around May 2014 (for the summer

How much?

19 000$ CAD/year during 3 years or a grant
complement if the applicant has his own funding.


Send an application file to Frédéric Maps ( that
will include:

  1. A letter of motivation (1 page max.).
  2. A CV (up to date; 2 pages max.).
  3. The final transcript of the highest academic degree obtained (B.Sc
    or M.Sc. in Oceanography, Biology, Ecology or Bioinformatics preferred).
  4.  A letter of reference (1 page max.) and the coordinates of another
    potential contact person.

Feel free to contact Prof. Maps
if you have any question!