The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science is offering PhD Scholarships for Indigenous students seeking to do a PhD at the University of Melbourne.
This represents a great opportunity for students to enter a supportive environment on a well-funded Scholarship to work with world-leading biodiversity and threatened species researchers and the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
If you are interested in PhD research in conservation and management of biodiversity, and threatened species that can include work on Country and in collaboration with Traditional Owners, please contact Professor Brendan Wintle -firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants would be supported by an Agilent Technologies Scholarship with research and extra support costs provided by the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub. You can read more about the Agilent initiative here.
Research in the NESP TSR Hub is highly collaborative with land managers including Indigenous land managers.
You can read more about some of our key work in this area here:
Indigenous engagement vital to saving species
Designing a best-practice bilby monitoring program for Martu rangers
Collaborative research on far eastern curlew with Larrakia Rangers.
Cats, fire and small mammals on the Tiwi Islands
Indigenous Action in threatened species management
Indigenous land and threatened species conservation: Whats the overlap?
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers in the Martu Determination have collaborated with Threatened Species Recovery Hub scientists to design a monitoring program for mankarr (the greater bilby). Martu people identified priorities for the bilby monitoring program, then worked with Dr Anja Skroblin from The University of Melbourne to co-develop a monitoring method which brings together Martu knowledge and practice with Western conservation science.
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation in north-west New South Wales. I grew up in western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.
A new project is aiming to increase city kids’ connections with nature, threatened species conservation and Indigenous culture. Dr Georgia Garrard from RMIT University talks about this project, which will see Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners working with kids at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners working with kids at Heywood Consolidated School in western Victoria.
For the Larrakia Land and Sea Rangers, the sight of a shell midden in coastal saltpans tells a long history of culture and how their ancestors are connected with the intertidal and mangrove environment. Through a different lens, the Larrakia Rangers also see these shell middens as areas where their culture overlaps with the habitat used by the Critically Endangered migratory shorebird the far eastern curlew.
Threatened species on Indigenous land may be of prime interest to scientists and ecologists, but they are often not the species of greatest importance to the Indigenous landowners. Understanding local priorities for biodiversity is an essential step in ensuring that conservation projects are locally beneficial and supported. Researcher Tom Duncan from Charles Darwin University has been collaborating with the Tiwi Land Council and Tiwi Land Rangers to explore this issue on the Tiwi Islands.