PhD opportunity: Temporal change in the value of revegetation at the landscape-scale for birds

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

A PhD top-up scholarship is available as part of a project examining the conservation value of revegetation for birds in rural landscapes.

This project is a rare opportunity to extend an historic whole-of-landscape study, to test predictions about how relationships between bird communities and the amount of vegetation in the landscape have changed over time. Original landscapes (800 ha each) were surveyed in 2006/07, and encompassed gradients in the cover of revegetation plantings, and in the cover of native vegetation. This project will involve resampling these same study landscapes in 2019, 12 years after the original surveys. Results will provide novel ecological understanding about temporal change in the conservation value of revegetation at the landscape scale. This applied research project has great potential to contribute to conservation management in rural landscapes. 

A top-up scholarship of $5000 p.a. for 3.5 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 around Hamilton, Victoria. 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 Angie Haslem (a.haslem@latrobe.edu.au) or Prof Andrew Bennett (a.bennett@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.