An opportunity is available for a PhD student to examine how the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby and other mammals respond to new methods of cat control at Taunton National Park and other sites.
The student will join Dr Diana Fisher’s research group in The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences as part of a Threatened Species Recovery (TSR) Hub project working more effectively manage the impacts of feral cats.Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours and be successful in gaining an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent at the University of Queensland to fund their stipend. They should have skills in vertebrate field ecology and data analysis and be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
This project is a collaborative study involving Biosecurity Queensland (DAF), Queensland National Parks, Sport and Racing, and the University of Queensland.The successful student will be able to apply annually for a PhD top-up ($6000) from the TSR Hub.
Applications close 31 March 2016. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Bridled Nailtail Wallaby at Taunton National Park (J. Augusteyn, NPSR)
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