We are offering an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD program at the University of Queensland as part of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub (the TSR Hub) of the National Environmental Science Programme.
The TSR Hub is looking for a quantitative student to work on a decision science approach to the management of an endemic threatened species on Christmas
Island, the Christmas Island Flying-Fox (CIFF), which is declining and faces multiple potential threats.
The PhD will be part of a larger project which focusses on the conservation management of the unique species of Christmas Island.
The successful applicant will be offered an additional $6,000 per year, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend from other sources, plus some support funds for fieldwork and attendance at Hub workshops and conferences. Scholarships will be annually renewed for three years, contingent on satisfactory progress.
The project will be supported by information from a comprehensive research program that is already underway on the CIFF under the auspices of the Western Sydney University, the Taronga Conservation Society, CSIRO, and Christmas Island National Park.
The candidate will need a quantitative background and have a good understanding of, or a strong desire to learn, approaches for environmental decision-making. They do not need to be an expert on flying-foxes but understanding of applying the approaches to ecological systems is preferred.
TSR Hub PhD Top-up scholarships are available to domestic and international students in receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award or other funded scholarship and undertaking their PhD study at UQ. The outcomes of the top-up scholarship will be on condition of the recipient receiving an unconditional admission to the University and a full scholarship.
Please submit an expression of interest including your CV by the 31st of August 2017 as the dates for the next round of applications for domestic scholarships at UQ are the15th of September 2017 and for international scholarships the 26th of January 2018.
More details on these scholarships can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/apply
For enquiries or to submit an expression of interest please contact Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, Project Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mcdonaldmaddenlab.com for further information on Dr McDonald-Maddens Lab.
More information about the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub
The NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub is supported by funding through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), and matched by contributions from 10 of the country’s leading academic institutions and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
The TSR Hub is led by Professor Brendan Wintle (University of Melbourne), and supported by Professor David Lindenmayer (Australian National University), Associate Professor Sarah Legge (University of Queensland/The Australian National University), Professor Stephen Garnett and Professor John Woinarski (Charles Darwin University), and Associate Professor Martine Maron (University of Queensland). In total the TSR Hub employs over 150 researchers including some of the world’s foremost conservation science experts.
The Hub works closely with more than two-dozen collaborating organizations, including Commonwealth, state and territory management agencies and conservation groups, to ensure TSR Hub research has on-ground impacts in threatened species management.
It brings together leading ecological experts to work on the outlook for Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities by:
New Hub research has quantified the extent of predation by cats on Australia’s birds and identified the species and types of birds most vulnerable to cats. The team found that cats kill over 1 million birds per day in Australia. The total is made up of an estimated 316 million birds killed by feral cats and 61 million killed by pet cats each year.
Sound recorders have been installed across farm land in south-western Victoria and on Kangaroo Island in research to help threatened glossy black-cockatoos and south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoos, by learning more about their breeding.
As cats and foxes have spread across Australia, islands have prevented the extinctions of several mammals like the boodie. Associate Professor Sarah Legge discusses the importance of safe havens and also summarizes the highlights of a recent 'safe-haven' symposium held at the International Mammalogy Congress in Perth.
The TSR Hub is one of six National Environmental Science Programme hubs and each is making its own important contribution to the national effort to recover our threatened species. Hub Director Brendan Wintle takes a look beyond the TSR Hub to highlight the good work being done on threatened species by our sister hubs.
On sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island a multi-million dollar eradication program removed cats in 2000 and rabbits, rats and mice in 2013. In the aftermath of this effort, beautiful things are emerging. Dr Justine Shaw is leading a TSR Hub project to learn from this experience and monitor how ecosystems respond.