I am always on the lookout for keen and motivated students to take on projects in insect systematics, phylogeny, ecology or biodiversity at the senior undergraduate, MSc, PhD or postdoctoral level. Our geographic focus has a current emphasis on the Canadian arctic, but also spans special habitats in southern Quebec, alpine ecosystems in western North America, and the forests of Costa Rica.
If you are excited about:
– tackling the taxonomic impediment in one of Earth’s most important groups of organisms;
– using insects as study organisms to address questions in community ecology;
– exploring good questions as well as finding good answers;
– talking science every now and then over lunch, coffee or beer, working hard for big rewards, and seeing a graduate program as more than just a 9 to 5 job;
then you may be a great fit with our group.
Every student in the lab learns about taxonomy and ecology and how these fields interact. Our research questions span molecular phylogeny through organismal biology up to community ecology, but a foundation of solid natural history underlies all our work. There are excellent opportunities to collaborate with Chris Buddle’s arthropod ecology lab in the same department, as well as with research staff at the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa, about two hours from our campus. We also have excellent connections with other entomologists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists in other McGill departments and Montreal’s other universities.
McGill is one of Canada’s premier universities and has an outstanding reputation internationally. Our department (Natural Resource Sciences) is one of the best places in the country to study entomology.
If you would like more information about opportunities and possibilities in my lab at the Lyman Museum, please contact me by email at terry [dot] wheeler [at] mcgill [dot] ca