Interactive effects of fire and predators on native mammal populations

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
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.

This project will experimentally test whether providing supplementary refuges for prey species post-fire can improve their survival and population persistence. The project will also assess the role of natural post-fire refuges and quantify the response of predators to fire. The student will have the opportunity to develop additional components around this core theme.

The project has a generous operating budget and is a collaboration between Deakin University, University of Sydney, and the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service and Office of Environment and Heritage. The supervisory team includes Dr Tim Doherty, Prof. Chris Dickman and Prof. Don Driscoll. The student will be based in the dynamic and supportive Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, Australia.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please see

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.