MSc opportunity: Density estimation of lynx during a snowshoe hare peak and decline

We are seeking a motivated student interested in using camera trapping to estimate the abundance of lynx in our study area in the southwestern Yukon. We have been studying snowshoe hares and lynx at Kluane Lake for almost 40 years. During much of that time we have obtained a relative abundance estimate of lynx via winter snow track transects. We are now poised to deploy camera arrays to estimate actual lynx density changes during a hare peak and decline. We have good estimates of snowshoe hares and numbers suggest they will peak in 2015-16. The successful candidate will be part of an energetic team (5 professors and 7 graduate students) studying the lynx-hare cycle. The project will involve extensive fieldwork during autumn and winter meaning that scholarship (NSERC or equivalent) support will be necessary. The successful applicant would enroll at the University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences.

If you enjoy fieldwork and want to experience one of the most beautiful places in Canada during an exciting time in the hare-lynx cycle, this thesis opportunity is for you. Work could begin as early as September 2015.
Applicants should provide a CV plus a copy of their transcripts via email to Stan Boutin ( The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.