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PhD Scholarship: Soil biology and on-farm ecosystem services: quantifying the benefit to farmers (La Trobe University)

Closing 11 March

A full PhD scholarship is available to an outstanding candidate with a suitable background in soil science, ecology, environmental microbiology and/or agricultural science to examine the relationship between on-farm natural capital and soil-related ecosystem services such as soil condition, water storage and carbon sequestration. A deeper understanding of how soil biology generates and impacts natural capital will contribute to holistic and sustainable soil management practices in agricultural systems.

This Industry PhD Research Scholarship has been established by La Trobe University in partnership with Odonata Foundation and is part of a larger study of farm-scale natural capital accounting across 50 farms in NSW, Vic and Tas. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers quantifying the importance of natural capital for agricultural production at the farm-scale across south-eastern Australia. The PhD candidate will be based at La Trobe University (Bundoora) and will spend time on farms in Victoria and NSW, and work 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 address each of the eligibility criteria in a statement accompanying your application.

More information can be found here.

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