Two postdoctoral fellows in forest landscapes and bird modelling

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks two Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Cumming lab at Université Laval, Québec City, in collaboration with J.A. Tremblay of Environment and Climate Change Canada. BAM is a highly collaborative, long-term, national research project supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. Positions are offered for one year, with the possibility of three years, conditional on performance and funding.

The successful applicants will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada.  Position 1 will develop species-specific habitat models for forest bird species that are sensitive to regional variation in habitat selection (e.g. Crosby et al. (2019) and Adde et al. (2020)) and to the factors addressed by Position 2, who will apply spatial simulation models to forecast species responses to forest management, anthropogenic disturbance, and climatic change (e.g., Cadieux et al. 2020; Micheletti et al. 2021). One or both of these positions  will also apply spatial prioritization methods to support conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018). This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce broad-scale avian density models. Both postdocs will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to diverse research partners. 

Applicants must hold a recent PhD. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Significant experience with advanced statistical or computational methodologies will be an asset, as will past field experience in boreal systems and in multidisciplinary collaborations. Proficiency in French and English, both  written and spoken, is preferred. 

Positions will ideally begin by January 10, 2022. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants.  These are lab-based positions, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000, with additional funds to cover expenses for software, project travel, scientific conferences (virtual or in-person attendance), and publications. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply. 

To Apply: 

Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three referees. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, WHEN is your earliest availability and WHICH (or both) of the positions you are applying for. Apply by email to with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted from 15.10.2021 until the positions are filled.


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BAM 2020-2021 Annual Report 

BAM 2020-2021 Annual Report 

We are pleased to provide you with the 2020-21 BAM Annual Report, outlining BAM’s activities and collaborations during our previous year. 

Among these accomplishments, you can read about:

  • Applications of our work through collaborations with over 35 different partners;
  • Efforts towards improved open access to avian data in Canada;
  • Canada-wide landbird density estimates for 143 species (national density maps & population size estimates);
  • Conservation planning projects to identify areas of high conservation value for boreal landbirds;
  • Continued efforts to apply our conceptual and analytical framework to identify critical habitat for wide-ranging species at risk;
  • Numerous regional studies evaluating and simulating the impacts of changes in climate, forest harvest, fire, caribou conservation, mining, and energy-sector development on boreal bird populations.

We thank our collaborators and partners for their continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this report. 

New Publication: Assessing Pathways of Climate Change Effects in SpaDES: An Application to Boreal Landbirds of Northwest Territories Canada

New Publication: Assessing Pathways of Climate Change Effects in SpaDES: An Application to Boreal Landbirds of Northwest Territories Canada


The distributions of birds in Canada's northern forests are expected to be impacted by climate change, but it remains unclear which pathways are responsible for projected climate effects. This new paper, led by Tatiane Micheletti developed statistical and simulation models for boreal birds, wildfire, and forest growth using the SpaDES modelling framework. Point count data for bird models came from the BAM database and was supplemented by ARU data from WildTrax. The results demonstrate that most of the predicted changes in bird distributions were due to direct climate effects. Read more...



Micheletti Tatiane, Stewart Frances E. C., Cumming Steven G., Haché Samuel, Stralberg Diana, Tremblay Junior A., Barros Ceres, Eddy Ian M. S., Chubaty Alex M., Leblond Mathieu, Pankratz Rhiannon F., Mahon C. L., Van Wilgenburg Steven L., Bayne Erin M., Schmiegelow Fiona, McIntire Eliot J. B. 2021. Assessing Pathways of Climate Change Effects in SpaDES: An Application to Boreal Landbirds of Northwest Territories Canada. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 654.