PhD opportunity: Fire Ecology and Avian Conservation

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A top-up PhD scholarship ($5,000 per annum) is 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 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 communities to enhance ecological planning for fire management. The successful applicants will also draw on and extend the chronosequence data to develop their own original research themes and questions.

A top-up scholarship of $5,000 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 project (and scholarship funding) will commence in July 2019. It is essential that student have a strong first-class Honours sufficient to secure a La Trobe University Post-graduate Research Scholarship (see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/costs-scholarships; applications close 31/10/2019).

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Jim Radford (J.Radford@latrobe.edu.au) with an expression of interest (CV, academic transcript and a brief description of why you want to do this project) by Tuesday 30th April 2019.