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PhD opportunity: The ecological strategies of ants (La Trobe University)

Closing 15 March

DESCRIPTION: A PhD scholarship is available investigating the ecological strategies of ants. Ecological traits are particularly valuable in understanding generality in responses of species to their environments, but many traits are interrelated, resulting in a limited spectrum of possible ecological strategies. Using a variety of ecologically important, but rarely-measured traits, this project will enhance our understanding of the ecological strategies of ants and identify parallels with plants. The PhD student will be based in Prof Heloise Gibb’s Insect Ecology Laboratory at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and be engaged with an international collaboration centred around the laboratories of Prof Ian Wright (Macquarie University), Prof Kate Parr (Liverpool University, UK) and Prof Nathan Sanders (University of Michigan, USA). The student will use data from the Global Ants Database and their own field and laboratory investigations to understand the ecological strategies of ants.

STIPEND: AU$28 597 for 3.5 years; Tuition fees are not charged for scholarship holders.

START DATE: Ideally mid 2021, but later in 2021 is also possible.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have a degree in the field of ecology, and hold a first class honours, or a Masters by Research qualification. Publications will also assist in competitive selection. Candidates do not need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

MORE INFORMATION : For more information, please contact Heloise Gibb at h.gibb(at)

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should prepare an Expression of Interest which includes a copy of their CV and a cover letter outlining their interests and relevant skills and motivation for applying to Prof. Heloise Gibb (h.gibb(at) by March 15th, 2021.

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