PhD scholarship opportunity assessing the role of scientists within conservation management agencies

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 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.

Conservation agencies are increasingly aiming to achieve evidence-based management. In order to support this goal, there is a growing focus on mechanisms for knowledge exchange that can help support the integration of the best available evidence into conservation decisions. An understudied mechanism for knowledge exchange is the role of in-house scientists within conservation management agencies.

This project will explore the contribution agency scientists make to supporting evidence-based decision making across a range of countries and management contexts. Working with an international team of researchers, this project will assess the science capacity within conservation agencies, the roles scientists play within these agencies, and the impact internal scientists have on supporting evidence-based management.

The project team consists of:
• Dr Carly Cook from Monash University
• Prof. Richard Kingsford from UNSW
• Dr Dirk Roux from SANParks, South Africa

Please send a CV and a one page expression of interest to Dr Carly Cook (

More information about this opportunity can be found at:

Project start date of late 2019 or by negotiation.