PhD opportunities in threatened species conservation and ecology

PhD opportunities in threatened species conservation and ecology

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

PhD programs
We are offering two exciting opportunities to undertake PhD programs at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. The scope of potential research is broad, but must have a clear focus on the ecology and conversation of threatened species in south-eastern Australia. High value is placed on field-based, empirical projects.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor David Lindenmayer to discuss potential projects. The PhD scholars will be supervised by Professor, Dr Ben Scheele, Dr Natasha Robinson, and other researchers at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Professor Lindenmayer’s group includes some of the Australia’s leading ecologists and conservation scientists. Research within the group addresses a diverse range of topics across mammals, frogs, birds, reptiles and plants. Past PhD graduates have a strong record of employment in academic, government and NGO sectors.

The successful applicants will be offered a PhD supplementary stipend of AUD$6000 p.a. additional to their PhD scholarship stipend from other sources. Operational funding of $8,000 and other support will be available for fieldwork and other expenses of the project. The supplementary stipend will be offered for three years with a possible six month extension.

See the ANU website for more details including, candidate requirements and how to apply. Information on stipend-scholarships is available here.  Applications close 15 August 2017 for international students or 15 October 2017 for domestic students. 

Research at The Australian National University

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top institution in Australia for environmental research and ranked within the world top ten. The Fenner School of Environment and Society has a large, dynamic community of PhD students who are provided with high quality office facilities, computer and statistical support, and access to field equipment, laboratory facilities and a fleet of 4WD vehicles. Students are encouraged to collaborate widely and attend national and international conferences.

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 Hub works closely with more than two-dozen collaborating organisations, including management agencies and conservation groups, to ensure its research has an on-ground impact in threatened species management. It brings together leading ecological experts to support the recovery of Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities.


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