Using Natural History Collections to investigate insect responses to changing environments.
Natural history collections (e.g. museum collections, Idigbio, inaturalist, gbif, canadensys) are a treasure trove of biodiversity data. The trick is learning understanding the information in the collections, and how we can use these data to answer fundamental questions in ecology and evolution. Research on museum collections can take you to incredible museums across the country and potentially around the world, so it's definitely not boring.
I have some funds that can go towards your stipend but you will also need to TA and/or obtain UBC or external fellowships that will go towards the minimum stipend (~$25,000 CAD/year). There aren't a lot of UBC funds for MSc students. Canadian students can apply for NSERC funding if they qualify.
Undergraduate in biology with strong emphasis in ecology & evolution. Students who qualify for NSERC funding, or PhD students who qualify for the UBC 4-year fellowship are highly encouraged to apply. Students should have some experience with R stats, and with running laboratory or field experience.
I'm pretty hands-on and my main goal is to help you succeed as a scientist. We are an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful group - both my group, and the Biodiversity Research Centre / Depts Botany & Zoology. It's a great place to work.