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PhD scholarship: Farm-scale natural capital accounting and biodiversity: quantifying the benefit for farmers (La Trobe University)

Closing 11 March

A full PhD scholarship (plus operating funds) is being offered to an outstanding candidate with a background in botany, landscape ecology and/or agricultural science to examine the distribution and diversity of native plants in farmland in south-eastern Australia. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers quantifying the importance of natural capital for biodiversity and ecosystem services at the farm-scale.

This project is part of a larger study examining farm-scale natural capital accounting on 50 farms. Natural capital accounting enables farmers to record and manage the natural capital on their farms. This project will explore the relationship between indicators that could be used in farm-scale natural capital accounts and field-based measures of native flora.

This Industry PhD Research Scholarship has been established by La Trobe University in partnership with Odonata Foundation. The PhD candidate will be based at La Trobe University (Bundoora) and will spend time on farms in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, and working closely with our industry partner, Odonata Foundation, in promoting sustainable farming and unlocking the value of nature for agriculture.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as an Honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above.

How to apply:
If you wish to apply for this scholarship, please contact Dr Jim Radford ( for preliminary discussion. Once you obtain in-principle agreement for you to apply, follow Step 3 on our research application page – Please ensure you submit a full application for scholarship and candidature by March 11, 2021. Please address each of the eligibility criteria in a statement accompanying your application.

More information can be found here.

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