Two PhD Scholarships with Mulligans Flat - Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment

Thursday 17 August 2017

Two attractive PhD top-up scholarships of $8,000 per annum, tax-free for 3 years, plus operating funds, for two exciting projects.

The Fenner School is seeking applications from two highly qualified and motivated candidates to undertake PhDs, which are part of a major collaborative research project between the ACT Government, the Australian National University and James Cook University, and are part of the long-term Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment. 

PhD Scholarship One:  

Bringing Back Biodiversity to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary:  

The Reintroduction Genetics of a Restoring Woodland Faunal Community

We are seeking a PhD student for an exciting research project on the genetic management and monitoring of endangered species reintroductions. Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction of any continent on the planet. Conservation efforts aim to re-build depauperate mammal communities with multi-species reintroductions. However, we need to manage and monitor the genetics of reintroduced populations for population viability and long-term evolutionary adaptability. 

This PhD will be part of the Australian Research Council-funded Bringing Back Biodiversity project, which is experimentally restoring the Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), Eastern Chestnut Mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus), New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) and Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in the ACT, and will link with the Oz Mammals Genomics Initiative for genomic research and conservation of Australian mammals. Broadly, the project will address questions about the application of genetics to reintroduction biology and ecosystem restoration. An applied focus will be to inform future species reintrodutions within and beyond the initial phase of the project at Mulligans Flat in the ACT. 

We are seeking applications from a highly qualified and motivated candidate. This is a major collaborative research project between the ACT Government, Australian National University and the James Cook University, and is part of the long-term Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment.  

PhD Scholarship Two:  

Bringing Back Biodiversity to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary:  

Reintroduction Biology of Australian Small Mammals: the Eastern Chestnut Mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus), New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) and Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction of any continent on the planet. This has reduced biodiversity, and compromised many important ecological processes. What is the best way to re-build depauperate mammal communities with multi-species reintroductions? What effects do  
multi-species reintroductions have on recipient ecosystems? 

This PhD will be part of the Australian Research Council-funded Bringing Back Biodiversity project, which is experimentally restoring three Australian small mammals to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary: (1) the Eastern Chestnut Mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus), (2) the Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) and (3) augmenting a population of reintroduced New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae).  This is part of a highly successful project that has already reintroduced a number of species into this Sanctuary, such as the Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) and Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus).  

The aim of this project will be to investigate the reintroduction biology of the these three native small mammals to inform future reintroductions. Key to this will be understanding the ecological and behavioural shifts following translocation to a novel environment. We are seeking applications from a highly qualified and motivated candidate. This is a major collaborative research project between the ACT Government, Australian National University and the James Cook University, and is part of the long-term Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment. 

Eligibility for both PhD Scholarships:

The successful candidate/s will have a background and interests in genetics, conservation biology, ecology or similar. Specialist skills relevant to the subject of the PhD project, including experience in genetics and/or population modelling, will be an advantage. 

First class Honours (or equivalent academic qualifications) is a prerequisite for appointment. Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest stating  their interests and ideas in this area of research, transcript (s) and their CV. Applicants should be citizens of New Zealand or Australia (or Australian permanent residents). 

An expert supervisory panel that matches the skills of the successful applicant will be appointed.

The successful candidate/s must secure an Australian Government Research Training Program PhD stipend scholarship ($27,082 AUD tax free (2017 rate for 3 years). Upon confirmation of the scholarship, an $8,000 per annum top-up scholarship (for 3 years) will be awarded. Operating funds are also available as part of the broader project. 

Enquiries to:  Associate Professor Sam Banks (sam.banks@anu.edu.au) or Professor Adrian Manning (adrian.manning@anu.edu.au)

The Fenner School of Environment and Society,  
The Australian National University,  
Canberra ACT 2601  
Ph: SB: (02) 6125 9288; AM: (02) 6126 5415 

Closing date: Postion/s will be open until filled.

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