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PhD scholarship: Post-fire tree mortality (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment)

Closes 28 February

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) within Western Sydney University is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD commencing in 2021.

The project will contribute to our understanding of patterns of tree mortality and forest recovery following severe drought and bushfires. The 2019-20 Black Summer fires burnt over 5 million hectares, of predominately temperate forests, in eastern and south-eastern Australia. Much of Australia’s temperate eucalypt forests are usually highly resilient to fire. However, many of these forests were subject to the lowest rainfall and highest temperatures on record preceding the fires. This raises important questions about the capacity of these usually resilient forests to recover from the combined impacts of fire, drought and heatwaves. This project aims to quantify variation in post-fire recovery across different forest types following the Black Summer fires, and investigate underlying causes of variation in post-fire recovery, such as plant traits, fire severity, and pre- and post-fire climatic conditions.

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