PhD opportunities X 2: Fire Ecology (ornithology and/or botany)

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Two top-up PhD scholarships ($5000 per annum) are available as part of a project evaluating ecosystem resilience and biodiversity outcomes in relation to fire regimes in the Victorian Mallee.

The project involves collecting bird community data and botanical data from ~200 sites that sample a chronosequence of fire age-classes in each of two major vegetation types (Lowan Mallee and Heathland sands). The data will be analysed to derive metrics of ecosystem resilience and model the effects of fire on bird and plant communities to enhance ecological planning for fire management. The successful applicants will draw on and extend the chronosequence data to develop their own original research themes and questions.

A top-up scholarship of $5000 p.a. for 3 years is available, as well as funds to cover project costs.

This project is based at La Trobe University, Bundoora, within the Research Centre for Future Landscapes; field work will be undertaken in the Victorian Mallee (Big Desert NP, Little Desert NP). The student will need to secure a La Trobe University Post-graduate Research Scholarship (see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/costs-scholarships; applications close 31/10/2018).

Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Radford (J.Radford@latrobe.edu.au) with an expression of interest by Wednesday 24th October. Please include a current resume, academic transcript and a copy of your Honours/Masters thesis.