BIODIVERSITY RESILIENCE UNDER CLIMATE, LAND COVER & LAND USE CHANGE
$35,000 PhD STRATEGIC SCHOLARSHIP
University of New England, and project support from
NSW ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST,
NSW OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE,
BORDER RIVERS-GWYDIR CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
The School of Environmental & Rural Science at the University of New England, in collaboration with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (Department of Premier and Cabinet), is seeking a high calibre PhD candidate to contribute to a research program addressing the topic; Biodiversity Resilience under Climate, Land Cover & Land Use Change. The program has attracted significant external operating funds and will begin to address question 5.2.1 from the National Climate Change Research Adaptation Plan: Terrestrial Biodiversity, which asks, “What designs of landscapes in regions having different land-uses confer maximum resilience for biodiversity in the face of climate change?”
Invertebrates dominate biodiversity and deliver many ecosystem services, but we know little about how invertebrate species will adapt to changing climates in fragmented multiple-use landscapes. Our ability to design new landscapes will depend on gaining this knowledge. This PhD project will begin to fill this knowledge gap by addressing two primary research questions:
1. What is the observed phenotypic plasticity of invertebrate species sampled across an altitudinal range of 900m and across different land cover and land use states?
2. What is the potential phenotypic and physiological plasticity of these invertebrate species when experimentally exposed to predicted climate change scenarios?
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong background in entomology or ecology and hold a Class 1 or equivalent degree in entomology or ecology. An interest in climate change science and biodiversity conservation would be advantageous. The successful applicant must be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, hold an Australian driver’s licence and be willing to undertake field work in regional areas. The scholarship offers a full annual tax-free stipend of $35,000/yr for 3 years and is available immediately. A technical officer funded by the NSW Environmental Trust will support the project, and significant operating funds are available.
Applicants should email a letter outlining their expression of interest and suitability for the position, and a brief CV (including contact details of two referees) and a copy of their academic transcripts to Dr Nigel Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Ian Oliver (email@example.com).
The successful applicant will need to apply through the UNE system for a UNE Strategic PhD Scholarship which will be awarded on a competitive basis. See http://www.une.edu.au/research-services/pgstudy/prospectivestudents/howtoapply.php. The position is available for immediate start will remain open until we have appointed a suitable candidate. Further information is available from Drs Andrew and Oliver.