PhD opportunity on conservation of the Critically Endangered Christmas Island flying fox

PhD opportunity on conservation of the Critically Endangered Christmas Island flying fox

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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  


For enquiries or to submit an expression of interest please contact Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, Project Leader at Visit 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:

  • Developing better, more efficient responses to threats
  • Testing novel strategies for rescuing species on the brink
  • Developing strategies to provide an early warning about extinction risk
  • Ensuring the best tools and most up-to-date information to monitor conservation status
  • Involving communities in threatened species conservation and sharing the benefits of healthy ecosystems.
For further information on the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub please visit the website at

Top image: Christmas Island flying Fox.  Photo Justin Welbergen CC BY SA 3.0


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