PhD opportunities in threatened species conservation and ecology

Thursday 31 August 2017

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.

The Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus).

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$6,000 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.

Candidate requirements

A bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or a research master’s degree from a recognised university is a prerequisite. Peer-reviewed publications are an advantage. Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate’s research proposal. Successful candidates will have experience in environmental science or ecology and management.

Domestic students must obtain and maintain a PhD scholarship stipend at The Australian National University (2017 rate: AU$26,682 p.a. tax free; see below). International students must hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Candidates would be expected to commence their doctoral programs in early 2018.

Application process and closing dates

Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with Professor David Lindenmayer and must submit a CV and a one page statement of possible research directions to him by 25 August 2017 for international students or 15 October 2017 for domestic students. Please email david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au or call 02 6125 0654.

The closing dates for applications for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University are: International - 31 August 2017; Domestic - 31 October 2017. See http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/australian-government-research-training-program-agrtp-stipend-scholarship. Queries regarding scholarship matters can be directed to Amy Chen at hdr.student.fses@anu.edu.au.

Research at The Australian National University

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top-ranked institution in Australia for environmental research. 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 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 www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au.

Updated:  12 December 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director Fenner School/Page Contact:  Webmaster Fenner School