Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship

The ESA and an anonymous donor are providing an Honours or Masters level student scholarship in the field of applied forest conservation science.  The scholarship supports a student conducting research into issues important to the management and sustainability of forests.

Projects commencing in either first or second semester will be considered.

The scholarship amount is $3,500, of which $2,000 is to fund research costs and up to $1,500 is to cover travel, registration and accommodation costs for the successful applicant to attend the ESA annual conference to present the findings of their research.

Applicants for this scholarship must fill in an application form and provide a brief (maximum of two pages) description of their project and how it contributes to the sustainability of forest ecosystems (see below).

The award covers terrestrial and freshwater ecology, and is open to both field and lab based work. Projects which include social or economic components are welcome. Preference will be given to projects addressing conservation of broad suites of species or ecosystem processes rather than studies of single focal species.

Applications are made via an online form here.

Are you eligible?

Applicants must be:

  • accepted into an honours or masters research program at an Australian University. A research project must constitute at least 30% of that program
  • working on a project that relates to an Australian forest conservation issue
  • able to attend the ESA Annual Conference in the year the scholarship is awarded
  • a member of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Meet the past winners

2020 Julia Smith, La Trobe University

The functional roles of psyllid abundance and feeding damage in a bird mediated forest dieback. Find out more.

2019 Summer Potvin, The University of Tasmania
Chemical composition and flammability of understory plant species found in wet eucalypt forests. Find out more.

2018 Ana Bermudez, The University of Melbourne
Let the fungi save the trees! The role of underground fungal networks in the conservation of riparian forests. Find out more.

2017 Rylea McGlusky, University of the Sunshine Coast
Monitoring greater glider numbers and habitat in St Mary State Forest, a 30,000-hectare region in south-eastern Queensland. Find out more.

2016 Laura van Galen, University of Tasmania
Developing an index for classifying forest maturity. Find out more.