Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecological Forecasting of Boreal Bird Population Responses to Climate and Landscape Change

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow 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 long-term, international research collaboration supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. The position is offered for one year, with the possibility of extension for two or three years, conditional on performance, eligibility, and funding.

The successful applicant will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada. The goal of this project is to evaluate the impacts of past, present and future forest management on bird populations in SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified vs. non-certified forests. This position 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), in order to identify effective methods to sustain their populations. The project may also include the application of spatial prioritization methods for conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018). This position will work closely with a research associate who will lead the development of species-specific habitat models for forest birds (see Crosby et al. 2019 and Adde et al. 2020), and with project graduate students. This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce national and regional avian density models. The postdoc will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to research partners in government, industry, ENGOS, and academia.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, to have been awarded not more than 3 years before taking up this position. 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 are essential (including R programming skills, while field experience in boreal systems and experience in multidisciplinary collaborations will be assets. Proficiency in French and English, both written and spoken, is preferred.

The preferred start date is September 1st 2022, but later or earlier dates may be negotiable. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances, but the preferred location is Université Laval (Québec City), to facilitate effective engagement with the growing modelling team. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants. This is a lab-based position, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000 including benefits. Additional funds are available to cover operating, conference and publication costs. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be fully considered. 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 who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and of the University environment 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, and WHEN is your earliest availability. Apply by email to with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted until 30.05.2022 or until the position is filled.


GeoPortal: BAM’s data product distribution platform

GeoPortal: BAM’s data product distribution platform

BAM has developed an online platform to host our many data products and facilitate the accessibility, discovery, and download of these products. The BAM GeoPortal, which is an application to manage spatially referenced resources, will serve to showcase the BAM data products to the public.

Access to this data is now available via our new online data portal WildTrax.

Announcement of the BAM Steering Committee

The Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Steering Committee, Diana Stralberg and Jeff Ball. Diana is a Climate Change Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, with a research focus on forest resilience and refugia from climate change. She has been a BAM core team member from 2010 to 2020, and a Contributing Scientist for the last year. Jeff is the Head of the Terrestrial Unit with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Prairie Region, Environment and Climate Change Canada, overseeing federal non-game migratory bird programs in the three prairie provinces. Jeff has been a BAM Contributing Scientist since 2017. We are excited to welcome Diana and Jeff to the Steering Committee and to channel their talents and expertise into leading and guiding BAM’s activities.

At the same time, we will be saying farewell to Fiona Schmiegelow and Samantha Song who will be transitioning out as Steering Committee members this year.  We wish to express our deep appreciation to Fiona and Samantha who not only co-founded BAM, but also contributed years of leadership, support and innovation to BAM. Fiona and Samantha will continue to be involved with BAM in the future and to support us in different capacities. We thank them sincerely for their invaluable contributions to BAM and we look forward to our continued collaboration with them.

Remaining on our Steering Committee are Erin Bayne and Steve Cumming. We thank them for their continued and steadfast leadership. We look forward to working with our new Steering Committee, the BAM Team and our partners in the years ahead.

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Project Summary

Two important steps for Canada Warbler conservation and management are identifying what habitat is important for the species, and how to appropriately manage it. A partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada and High Branch Conservation Services, with support from Nature Canada, the Boreal Avian Modelling Project and the Canada Warbler International Conservation Initiative, developed habitat management guidelines and established priority areas for conservation and management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. These guidelines and maps are designed to help managers engage in forestry activities so as to minimize their impact on Canada Warbler habitat, and ensure a future supply of habitat is available.

Contact us for more information about this project.


Data Products

Maps and spatial data

Codes for spatial models


Westwood, A.R., Lambert, J.D., Reitsma, L.R., Stralberg, D., 2020. Prioritizing Areas for Land Conservation and Forest Management Planning for the Threatened Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. Diversity 12, 61.

Westwood, A.R., Harding, C., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Guidelines for Managing Canada Warbler Habitat in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at:

Westwood, A.R., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Prioritizing Areas for Canada Warbler Conservation and Management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at:

Samantha Song

Manager, Wildlife and Habitat Assessment, Canadian Wildlife Service - Prairie Region, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Based in Edmonton (AB).

Steve Cumming

Associate Professor, Laval University. Based in Québec (QC).

Erin Bayne

Professor, University of Alberta. Based in Edmonton (AB).

Trish Fontaine

BAM Avian Database Manager, University of Alberta. Based in Edmonton (AB).

Diana Stralberg

BAM Project Ecologist, University of Alberta. Based in Edmonton (AB).

Interests: avian biogeography, habitat associations, and distributions, especially with respect to climatic factors.