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PhD Scholarship: Biodiversity Values of Saline Ecosystem Restoration in Western Australia (Edith Cowan University)

Closing 15 March 2021

Supervisors:  Dr Rob Davis and Dr Eddie van Etten (ECU)

ECU is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential PhD candidates to undertake research in the School of Science in conjunction with our industry partner, the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association (GRCA).

The GRCA works to improve conservation outcomes across the Gunduwa Region in the northern Avon Wheatbelt and Southern Yalgoo bioregions of Western Australia. This region includes the ecological transitional zone between the woodlands of the wheatbelt and the expansive mulga zone of the interior.

The PhD student will undertake research on the ecological values of salt-affected land in the northern agricultural region of Western Australia. There will be a focus on how to restore these landscapes with commercial and wildlife plantings and how to maximise their biodiversity values. Candidates must be comfortable undertaking field work in challenging conditions in a semi-arid environment, working closely with landholders in an agricultural region and engaging with multiple other stakeholders to achieve the project aims. A commitment to working with key indigenous stakeholders is also essential. If you think you’re ready for the challenge please provide an expression of interest by email to by March 15th 2021.


The research will be supported by a Gunduwa-ECU Industry PhD scholarship (currently valued at $38,420 per annum for 3 years). Assistance with relocation expenses may be available for eligible candidates.


Candidates should have a degree in the field of ecology, and hold a firstclass/upper second-class honours, or a Masters by Research qualification. Publications will also assist in competitive selection. Candidates should be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

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, motivation for applying and potential PhD research scope to either Dr Rob Davis (robert.davis@ or Dr Eddie van Etten (

Expressions of Interest should be received by: 15 March 2021

More Information

Contact:  Dr Rob Davis (; 08-6304 5446) or Dr Eddie van Etten (; 6304 5566)

A downloadable flyer can be found here.

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