Why do some populations of frog species persist in human modified landscapes, while other populations have declined significantly?
The NESP TSR Hub and Australian National University are offering a PhD Scholarship to examine the ecological requirements of frogs in human modified landscapes, with a focus on the threatened Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) and Sloane's Froglet (Crinia sloanei), in the Riverina and South West Slopes bioregions of New South Wales and Victoria.
The candidate will collect high-quality ecological field data, including species habitat requirements, calling phenology, population dynamics and competitive interactions with other co-occurring species, with the aim of quantifying habitat refuges.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelors degree with first-class Honours, or a research Masters degree from a recognised university. Australian and New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply; as are international students who hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS).
A background in population ecology or genetics will be a distinct advantage, as will a demonstrated ability to independently plan and execute field-based research.
Deadline for applications is 31st of October, 2016.
See more information here: https://goo.gl/ahQucv