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The ESA publishes student and volunteer opportunities on our website, in our weekly e-news, and via social media.

You can find a list of current student opportunities below.

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Latest Student Opportunities

Australia has the unenviable distinction of having the highest rate of mammal extinctions globally in the past 200 years. Introduced predators (cats and foxes) are considered the main driver of Australia's mammal loss. Efforts to reintroduce native mammal populations have been most successful when introduced predators are removed, particularly through fencing. However, recent research suggests that reintroduced threatened mammals can have profound effects on ecosystems that are still being realized.

Closes:
Friday, August 30, 2019

The science and practice of restoration ecology has advanced rapidly in recent years, with significant progress in our ability to establish vegetation. More recently, rewilding, the return of “keystone" fauna, has come to the fore. It is now recognized that the success of restoration in returning not only biodiversity, but also ecosystem function, depends very much on the interplay of species. Despite their vast diversity and importance in ecosystem function, invertebrates and microbes have largely been neglected in a restoration context.

Closes:
Friday, August 30, 2019

This trans-disciplinary PhD project offers the opportunity to bring together different knowledge types and theory to improve the monitoring and management of natural ecosystems. The successful PhD student will develop national and international case studies in collaboration with conservation scientists and economists, both in academia and in practice.

Closes:
Sunday, September 8, 2019

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with research interests in the integration of conservation science into management action for an exciting project investigating the role of scientists within conservation management agencies.

Closes:
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Little is known about the ecology of trout in Australia despite their environmental, economic and social importance. Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhyncus mykiss) were introduced to southern Australia for recreational fishing in the 1800s, and over 1 million are released into lakes and impoundments annually. These species are highly valued by recreational fishers and provide considerable social and economic benefit to regional Victoria.

Closes:
Sunday, September 1, 2019

PLEASE FORWARD TO ANY PROMISING ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OR FORESTRY GRADUATES!

Closes:
Monday, August 12, 2019

The Australian Tropical Herbarium is starting a new research group in plant biosecurity and the newly appointed researchers, Daniel Montesinos and Matt Barrett, are accepting candidatures for PhD, Masters and Honours candidates to study the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of invasive plants. The research would involve field, lab, and greenhouse work, and will offer the opportunity to learn a diverse array of technical skills including population and community ecology, reproductive biology, physiology, cytogenetics, genetics, or statistics.

Closes:
Monday, September 30, 2019

The Research Project
Tasmania is experiencing escalated development of its coastal regions, with greater use of coastal waters for industry and recreational activities, as well as the value placed on the pristine nature of our coasts.

Closes:
Sunday, August 11, 2019

The health and economic impact of recent outbreaks of Cholera, Zika virus and influenza underline the urgency of understanding how diseases spread and transmit. Transmission efficiency of many diseases is related to the density of the host populations. Lower host densities slow disease spread, until host densities are insufficient to maintain infection. Support for the existence of such host-density thresholds under which diseases cannot spread comes primarily from theory, with only a few empirical case studies.

Closes:
Saturday, August 10, 2019

This project aims to address the significant knowledge gap of how species composition may change due to extreme drought, and in-turn, quantify the loss of ecosystem function resulting from species turnover. Further, this project will identify species that contribute the most to function.

Closes:
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Feral deer are an emerging issue for the management of endangered ecological communities. There is a significant gap in our knowledge about the impacts of deer on Australian plant communities which limits the development of adequate management options for protecting threatened plant communities where deer invade. The project needs cross-institutional connections and this project will make important links with agencies concerned with conservation in the broader Illawarra region.

Closes:
Thursday, October 17, 2019

We are seeking applicants for two PhD Scholarships, one at the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) and the other at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia). The project revolves around replicated field experiments across a range of agricultural catchments in northern Tasmania and south-west Western Australia.

Closes:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rufous (Lagorchestes hirsutus) and banded hare-wallabies (Lagostrophus fasciatus) have been translocated to Dirk Hartog Island from nearby Bernier and Dorre Islands, as part of an ongoing ecological restoration project. Although both species are exclusively herbivorous, rufous hare-wallabies are thought to be grazers, while banded hare-wallabies are believed to be more generalist browsers. The diet of these species may reflect the impact that they have on the ecological restoration of Dirk Hartog Island.

Closes:
Thursday, August 15, 2019

While Australia is a global centre for bird pollination, there is comparatively little evidence for pollination systems specialised on mammal pollination. The honey possum is a specialist nectarivore, endemic to the south-west Australian biodiversity hotspot, where they were originally common in sandplain habitats dominated by Proteaceae and Myrtaceae. While it has long been speculated that plants may be adapted specifically to pollination by honey possums, this hypothesis has never been rigorously tested.

Closes:
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Greg Jordan from University of Tasmania is looking for a PhD candidate on predicting fire refugia to help protect Tasmania’s palaeoendemic plants. This would be an exciting project for someone with an interest in field work, conservation management of vegetation and who has good numeric skills. For more details see http://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-phd-projects or contact greg.jordan@utas.edu.au.

Closes:
Sunday, August 4, 2019

We are seeking a PhD student to work on an exciting new project assessing the ecosystem effects of animal mass mortality events. The project comes with a $6K/yr top up scholarship, industry and international collaborators, and much more. Come and study scavengers @SydneySOLES as part of #ProjectOzScav [https://twitter.com/hashtag/projectozscav]. Advert flyer: https://thomasnewsome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/phd-advert-usyd-amme-1...

Closes:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

An exciting opportunity is available for a highly motivated and qualified PhD candidate to join the Extreme Plant Ecology Lab at Deakin University, Burwood, Melbourne.

Closes:
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The fire research group at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University) at is seeking a PhD candidate for a research project on the biogeography of fuels in New South Wales.

Closes:
Friday, May 31, 2019

We are looking for a motivated and capable candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research in Sydney, Australia. The position is based at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE), a research institute within Western Sydney University (www.westernsydney.edu.au/hie). Located a short distance from the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and within commuting distance from the city of Sydney, the HIE is home to a team of over 50 academics and 80 PhD students performing impactful research in ecology and environmental science.

Closes:
Sunday, June 30, 2019

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An exciting opportunity is available for a highly motivated and qualified PhD candidate to join a large collaborative project that will facilitate best practice species selection to create diverse and resilient urban green spaces across Australia.

Closes:
Friday, May 31, 2019

We are seeking a PhD student for an exciting, industry-funded project aimed at understanding how fire regimes influence wildlife in semi-arid Victoria.

The project will use new automated methods alongside traditional methods to sample mammal, reptile and amphibian communities across a chronosequence of fire age-classes in each of two major vegetation types (Lowan Mallee and Heathland Sands) in the Victorian Mallee (Big Desert NP, Little Desert NP).

Closes:
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

We are seeking a suitably qualified applicant for a PhD scholarship in restoration and trophic ecology, to be based in UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Sciences in Armidale.

The student will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas around threatened Upland Wetland ecological communities in the New England Tablelands Bioregion, which are being degraded by agricultural activities.

Closes:
Friday, May 31, 2019

We are seeking a PhD student for an exciting new project on the impacts of bushfires and invasive predators on native mammals in south-eastern Australia.

Introduced foxes and feral cats have caused widespread biodiversity loss in Australia, but they do not act alone to impact native fauna. Emerging evidence suggests that bushfires can exacerbate their impacts by removing vegetation cover and making prey species more vulnerable to predation.

Closes:
Friday, May 31, 2019

LINKING SPATIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CONTACTS TO UNDERSTAND TRANSMISSION OF TASMANIAN DEVIL FACIAL TUMOUR DISEASE

School of Natural Sciences (Biological Sciences), University of Tasmania
I am looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research at the University of Tasmania, commencing in 2019.

Closes:
Thursday, May 30, 2019

A top-up PhD scholarship ($5,000 per annum) is available as part of a project evaluating ecosystem resilience and biodiversity outcomes in relation to fire regimes in the Victorian mallee. The project involves collecting bird community data from ~200 sites that sample a chronosequence of fire age-classes in each of two major vegetation types (Lowan Mallee and Heathland Sands). The data will be analysed to derive metrics of ecosystem resilience and model the effects of fire on bird communities to enhance ecological planning for fire management.

Closes:
Tuesday, April 30, 2019