Ecology and demography of a threatened amphibian community

Job Description: 

We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate PhD candidate to investigate the ecology and impact of multiple threats to Littlejohn’s tree frogs and giant burrowing frogs.

Very little is known about the ecology of these two threatened species, and there have been various reports of local and widespread declines over the past decades. Threats to population persistence have not been previously measured in a comprehensive study. The key potential threat investigated by this project is habitat disturbance in the form of mine subsidence, with scope to assess the impact of additional threatening processes such as the chytrid fungal disease, and climate change.

The study provides ample opportunity to experimentally compare populations that occur in disturbed and pristine landscapes with the objective to understand the long-term conservation management of these species and their populations. The research will involve a large field component to address the fundamental ecology of the frogs including distribution, abundance and habitat requirements. There is scope for the successful applicant to develop the research into areas of interest, including community ecology, population genetics, behaviour, spatial modelling and mapping, population viability and occupancy modelling, the impact of threatening processes, and habitat and climate change modelling.

The project is fully funded with a PhD living stipend. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter addressing eligibility requirements and research interests to Dr Klop-Toker, Prof. Mahony, or Assoc Prof Hayward by the 30th July. Please also feel free to contact Dr Klop-Toker if you have any questions about the position (, or follow this link for more information.

Eligible applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree (e.g. BSc, BEnvSci, BNatResMgt, BAppSci, or similar) with honours or equivalent (e.g. A Master degree or a portfolio of work that would be judged to be equivalent to an honours year). A full driver's licence, and field experience is faviourable.

Job Location: 
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Closing Date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018