Recruitment for Graduate Students for 2020

We are recruiting 2 graduate students (Master’s or PhD) to begin September 2020 for the following projects:
1. Fate and effects of microplastics in freshwaters ecosystems.
2. Impacts of oil-related contaminants on behaviour of aquatic animals.
Both projects involve manipulative experiments in aquatic mesocosms and/or whole lakes based at renowned field stations, and are part of larger, collaborative research programs.

Graduate school: student will enrol in a graduate program at Queen’s University in the Department of Biology or School of Environmental Studies.
Requirements: post-secondary degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field; knowledge of ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, and/or animal behaviour; experience or interest in sampling fish and/or amphibians; experience or interest in the design and execution of field studies; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and strong quantitative and communication skills.

To apply for a position, please send the following to Dr. Orihel by Nov. 1, 2019
via email (To:; Subject: “Graduate Application 2020”): (i) cover letter stating your research interests and how they align with our research group, your reasons for pursing a graduate degree, and your qualifications as they relate to the position; (ii) your curriculum vitae; (iii) unofficial university transcripts; and (iv) contact information for 3 references. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

You are welcome to download our poster and share it on your networks: QE3GradRecruitmentAd2020.pdf (280KB)

Sam Patterson Defends Thesis

Congratulations to QE3 graduate student Sam Patterson, who successfully defended his Master of Environnmental Studies thesis, “An investigation of the toxicological impacts of oil sands products and pollutants on developing amphibians” today!

Sam and Diane celebrate his successful defence on July 17.

QE3 Students Win Awards

Congratulations to QE3 students for winning awards!
Honours student Julia Weder won a medal for having the top marks in her graduating class in the School of Environmental Studies.
Incoming MSc student Samantha Gene was awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

QE3 Attends QUBS Open House

QE3 students enjoyed talking to the public about our research at the Queen’s University Biological Station Open House.
At this event, the Queen’s University Biological Station welcomes local residents, cottagers, and families to learn more about research conducted at the field station. If you missed this year’s Open House, look out for next years’ event, posted in the QUBS events list.

students stand beside a poster about the QE3 Research Group
Eden, Jessie, and Brianna with a poster about the QE3 Lab (authored by Jeff) at the QUBS Open House on June 23.