PhD in plant functional ecology (Macquarie University, Australia)

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018

A 3-year PhD scholarship is available from February 2019 for a bright and energetic candidate to join Prof. Ian Wright’s lab group at Macquarie University.

We investigate the functional ecology and ecological strategies of plants –  the “how and why” of differences among species in their structural, chemical and physiological traits. We use a variety of approaches, ranging from fine-scale anatomical or physiological studies to global-scale analyses of trait variation to first-principles theory for plant function. We run fieldwork in a variety of systems, from the wet tropics to temperate woodlands to the arid zone.

This scholarship (ref. 2018446 on the university scholarships website) is for a project that fits within that framework, with the topic to be arrived at through discussion. 

Essential criteria are:

  1. Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality, independent research as part of a completed Masters-level research degree with substantial thesis component.
  2. Clear record of academic excellence as an undergraduate.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4.  Must be able to complete all administrative requirements by 15th December 2018, for a project starting in first quarter 2019.

Experience in writing up previous research for journal publication will be highly regarded.

Please contact Ian Wright ( for more information.