Summer Student Opportunities

WHO?  We are seeking undergraduate students interested in contributing to the collection and analyses of water samples, and in gaining experience in a variety of field and laboratory techniques. Students who have taken relevant ecology and limnology courses, and with lab and/or field experience is preferred. Must be comfortable in the water, on small boats, and hold a valid driver’s license.

WHAT? Sampling of small water bodies (wetlands, farm ponds, small lakes) across southern Saskatchewan for water quality and greenhouse gases. Both field sampling and laboratory analyses will be involved.

WHERE?The candidate will be based at the University of Regina, with considerable travel in rural environments and farmland. Some overnight travel will be required.

WHEN?May 1-Aug 31 2019.

HOW MUCH?$1900 per month. Travel expenses will be covered.

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and CV/resume, and contact information for two references to Kerri Finlay ( Mar 10, 2019. More information about the lab can be found at

Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Biogeochemistry

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to conduct a multi-gas study (CO2, CH4, N2O) to quantify the importance of man-made ponds (dugouts) as hotspots of greenhouse gas exchange and evaluate their role as a tool to help farming become carbon neutral.  The successful candidate will examine how natural environmental characteristics interact with land-use practices by conducting spatial and temporal surveys across existing dugouts in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Together, this information will be used to develop recommendations to help make farming carbon neutral and to help the Government of Saskatchewan meet forthcoming carbon emissions regulations. 

The successful PDF will have extensive knowledge of aquatic biogeochemistry of greenhouse gases, and have strong quantitative skills in multivariate analyses and modeling, preferably using R.  Experience in application of GIS techniques to upscaling exercises is an asset. This position will be held in the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina, with Dr. Kerri Finlay as PI.  Drs. Peter Leavitt (U. Regina), Gavin Simpson (U. Regina) and Helen Baulch (U. Saskatchewan) are co-PIs and will contribute to the project. IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences to advance the provincial, national and international research agendas (see IECS houses advanced instrumentation for greenhouse gas measurements and water quality analyses, and is dedicated to fostering provincial, national and international research initiatives.  


The successful applicants will be expected to publish their research in leading journals and present at conferences.  Funding is $45,000/yr for one year for the PDF, with a possibility of renewal for a second year.  Travel for field work and conferences will be covered.  Interested individuals should provide transcripts, CVs, a letter outlining relevant background and interest, and contact information for at least two references to Kerri Finlay (  Review of applications will begin Mar 3, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The ideal start date is May 2019.

General Information about applying to the lab

If you are interested in applying for graduate or research opportunities with me, please contact me via email ( with a current CV and a brief description of your research interests and goals.

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