Ph.D. Scholarship : Understanding and Mapping How Thermal and Dietary Constraints Combine to Restrict Koala Habitat and Determine Refugia

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to undertake a 3-year research-driven PhD program in koala physiological ecology and/or remote sensing and/or bioenergetic modelling of koala food resource quality commencing in 2019. The successful candidate will be part of a broader project with common goals. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the project, we encourage applicants with interest and expertise in vertebrate nutritional ecology, physiological ecology (particularly thermal and metabolic physiology), remote sensing and/or species distribution modelling to apply. The project provides ample opportunity to develop new skills.

The scholarship on offer is part of an exciting new project ‘Understanding and mapping how thermal and dietary constraints combine to restrict koala habitat and determine refugia’ funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as part of their NSW Koala Strategy research program. The project has been designed to address research gaps identified by the Koala Research Plan and by an expert elicitation process.

The position will be based at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment on the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW, with fieldwork at sites at locations elsewhere in NSW. Depending on the eventual research focus of the PhD within the overall project, the student may be required to spend periods of time visiting with collaborators and co-supervisors at the Australian National University or the University of Melbourne.

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)(opens in new window)Opens in a new window is a research institute within Western Sydney University. HIE has rapidly become a research leader in environmental and ecological research, with a strong reputation for delivering research outcomes of the highest quality. HIE is home to a team of over 50 academic research scientists and more than 80 PhD students, with access to a unique suite of world-class research facilities.

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