PhD Scholarship: Searching for Meaningful Below Ground Indicators of Health in Threatened Ecological Communities

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Searching for Meaningful Belowground Indicators of Health in Threatened Ecological Communities
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University PhD scholarship

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing in 2019. This studentship is part of new research programme established under the Office of Environment and Heritage “Saving Our Species” initiative. Its goal is to identify and test soil biodiversity and functional variables that can serve to effectively monitor the health and response to management of threatened ecological communities.

Belowground biodiversity and processes are crucial for long-term viability of threatened ecological communicates (TECs). Fundamental to conserving TECs is effectively monitoring change and response to threats and management interventions. Because of the intrinsic complexity of ecosystems, surrogate measures of ecosystem functions are often used but the reliability of these indicators is not clear. This project will use observational and experimental approaches to directly investigate potential belowground indicators of ecosystem health in a suite of regions and ecosystems across NSW.

The position is based at the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW. The candidate will work with Western Sydney University researchers in collaboration with the Ecosystem Management Science division of The Office of Environment and Heritage of New South Wales, Australia.

Contact Doctor Yolima Carrillo ( to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

Further details on how to apply:

Applications close 31 March 2019