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PhD Opportunity: Seven PhD Research Scholarships in Predator Ecology, Feral Cat Management and Predator-Mediated Trophic Cascades (UNE)

Closing 10 March 2021

The University of New England, in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, is currently undertaking research to develop effective management strategies for feral cats, in a major project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust ($15 million). UNE is pleased to offer up to seven domestic PhD scholarships for suitable candidates to undertake applied research in northern, southern and/or western NSW on the following topics:

1. Predator control, rewilding and ecosystem engineers
2. Monitoring the impacts of invasive predators on malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
3. Spatial and temporal ecology of Varanids including their interactions with control programs for invasive predators
4. How does predator management influence insects and associated ecosystem services?
5. Feral cats and zoonotic disease
6. Improving the effectiveness of trapping programs for invasive predators
7. Impacts of intensified predator control on endemic and invasive fauna

Candidates will develop skills in collaborative research, critical thinking, project management, fieldwork, data analysis, writing and communication. Graduates will be well-placed for future careers in research, or with government or non-government land management or conservation agencies.

Full details are available at UNE’s website:

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Guy Ballard: or

The nominal closing date is 10 March, but if not all scholarships are taken up, a further round of scholarships will be advertised later in the year.

More information can be found here.

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