Wave Attenuation and Vegetation Dynamics in Canadian Coastal Salt Marshes

  • Doctorate
  • Summer
  • With scholarship

Project description

Incorporating natural systems and their ecosystem services into integrated shoreline management has become increasingly important with several major international groups releasing guidelines to their implementation. The Canadian government has also pushed to have standards enacted on how these systems can be implemented and function in the Canadian climate.

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (LHE) is seeking a PhD student (or a Masters student in exceptional cases) to contribute to a study investigating the influence of seasonality on wave hydrodynamics and erosion potential of saltwater marshes around Canada. The PhD student will contribute to a physical and numerical modelling program investigating the response of vegetation to waves and currents at various stages of the growth cycle.

The Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (LHE) at INRS was inaugurated in 2011 with funding from INRS, Transport Quebec, and Industry Canada. The centrepiece of the lab is the large wave flume (120  5  5 m) which is completed by several small-scale wave canals. The lab also partners with the innovative, multidisciplinary CT Scan lab at INRS.

Start date

May 2021


Jacob Stolle

Required qualifications

In addition to satisfying the university’s requirements of the PhD program, the student will be expected to:

  1. Assist in the development of a physical modelling program investigating vegetation response in the large wave flume at INRS
  2. Calibrate and validate a numerical model to aid in the experimental planning
  3. Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and progress reports to partners
  4. Participate in conferences and workshops relevant to the project

Applicants with knowledge or experience with the respect to some or all of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  1. Masters in Coastal Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Coastal Science, Coastal Morphology or similar fields of study
  2. Community engagement related to coastal management, conservation, or science
  3. Data analysis tools such as Matlab, Python, QGIS, etc.
  4. Physical or numerical modelling in the coastal environment
  5. Statistical methods and analysis techniques
  6. Report writing and publication
  7. Demonstrated willingness to collaborate

Study Program

PhD in Water Science

Student funding: INRS offers funding to its students. Students are still encouraged to apply for external funding resources.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the position, you can apply to Professor Stolle by email (jacob.stolle@ete.inrs.ca) or by using the online form. Please include a short cover letter indicating your interest (250-500 words) along with a detailed CV.

Project Jacob Stolle - Wave Attenuation and Vegetation Dynamics in Canadian Coastal Salt Marshes

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