The Effects of Climate Change on the Ecology of Unregulated Rivers Research Scholarship
Doctoral research scholarships awarded to outstanding candidates to undertake research aimed at studying the effects of climate change on the ecology of unregulated rivers.
This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in addressing questions related to the ecological impacts arising from changing runoff patterns.
The proposed area of focus is on factors that influence population persistence of aquatic species in unregulated rivers affected by the loss of flow. There is scope to apply a range of novel approaches, including spatial modelling, genetic methods, capture- recapture studies, and/or other suitable techniques to better understand how populations can persistence in non-perennial rivers.
Benefits of the scholarship
Benefits of the scholarship include:
- a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $27,596.00 per annum, to support your living costs
- a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
- an industry top-up scholarship funded by the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning, with a value of $15,000 per annum
- opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
To be eligible, you need to:
- have an Australian Bachelor’s degree with honours year at an H1 standard or approved international equivalent.
How to apply
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a) a 300 word (maximum) proposal for a PhD project that aligns with the scholarship focus area.
b) curriculum vitae
c) academic transcript
Applications close Friday 28th February 2020.
If you require further information, please contact: Research Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, School of Life Science, email@example.com
Supplementary information (optional)
The Research Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems offers opportunities for PhD studies across a broad range of topics, including Environmental Chemistry and Contaminants, Fish Ecology and Management, Wetland and Floodplains Ecology, Population Genetics, Water and Catchment Management. Please visit https://www.latrobe.edu.au/freshwater-ecosystems/programs/postgraduate for more information.
PhD scholarship opportunity in Community Ecology and Freshwater Biodiversity in Tasmania
We are seeking applicants for a PhD Scholarship at the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia). The project revolves around replicated field experiments across a range of agricultural catchments in northern Tasmania and south-west Western Australia, and we already have a companion PhD candidate at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) to undertake the WA portion of this research.
The research seeks to test the common assumption that high biodiversity makes ecosystems resilient to disturbances. Observational studies documenting change after disturbance cannot identify ecological processes connecting diversity and ecosystem function, making field experiments that manipulate identical disturbances in ecosystems with different biodiversity essential. Freshwater streams are excellent model systems to test these ideas. This project will use field experiments that manipulate flow disturbances in streams replicated in low (south-west WA) and high biodiversity (Tasmania) regions and across gradients of chronic background stress imposed by agriculture to investigate how biodiversity sustains functional ecosystems, and how much diversity can be lost before the resilience of a stream is irrevocably compromised. Both benthic biodiversity
and ecosystem processes will be measured.
There will be laboratory and smaller-scale field investigations to further unravel the underlying mechanisms, and the results will support food-web and community assembly modelling as the initial step to providing a synthetic platform to make predictions and test further hypotheses. The project is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania (hosting the Tasmanian PhD student), Murdoch University (hosting the WA PhD student) and Massey University (New Zealand), and is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Program.
Applicants for this scholarship should be able to address the following selection criteria:
- A First Class or high Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification (e.g. Masters degree by research).
- A good understanding of community ecology, biodiversity, limnology or freshwater ecology.
- Willingness to use microscopes to identify macroinvertebrates and/or benthic algae.
- Sound quantitative skills.
- Good written and verbal scientific communication skills.
- Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team.
- Willingness to work in remote locations including supervising volunteer field assistants.
- Current driving licence, preferably with manual or 4WD experience.
Applicants interested in this project should contact Associate Professor Leon A. Barmuta (Leon.Barmuta@utas.edu.au , phone +61 (0)3 6226 2785) as soon as possible.
After initial discussions, prospective candidates may be required to prepare the following documents:
- A full Curriculum Vitae (i.e. Resumé) including the names and contact details for at least two academic referees;
- A transcript of their tertiary academic record, including grades obtained, and;
- And an Expression of Interest (one A4 page maximum) outlining which of the selection criteria they feel they meet.
Due date for these documents will likely be 14th February 2020.
Once we have these documents, we will contact eligible candidates to progress to the University’s formal Scholarship application procedure.
Information for domestic students are here: https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
Information about support procedures for international students can be sought from: https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/apply-now and https://www.utas.edu.au/international for the University of Tasmania.
If you have something to be added here please contact the AFSS secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org