PhD projects in Fish and River Ecology


Charles Sturt University


Albury-Wodonga, NSW / Victoria

Join a dynamic team of fish and river ecologists at the beautiful Albury-Wodonga campus of Charles Sturt University, situated in the Murray-Darling Basin - Australia’s largest river system.

Do you want to undertake a PhD that will help better understand and manage native and introduced fish and other animals in our rivers? We have several nationally- and internationally-relevant projects, collaborating with scientists from around Australia and overseas.

Topics include:

  • Fish kills in the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and worldwide: drivers, recovery and prevention;
  • World-wide food webs: ecology and conservation of river-floodplain food webs for fish using contemporary and historical collections;
  • More stuffed Murray cod in pubs: using taxidermied mounts to describe past environmental conditions of fish and rivers;
  • Flexing our mussels: functional roles of freshwater mussels in Murray-Darling Basin rivers and potential for restoration following drought;
  • Do fish have personalities? Effects of individual behaviour on wild and hatchery fish ecology;
  • Invasion of the aliens: the rise, fall and rise again of alien fish species in the Murray-Darling Basin;
  • Fast food for fish: is the quality of food affecting fish populations in our rivers?

These projects will be supervised by Charles Sturt University scientists in collaboration with federal and state natural resource managers, scientists from CSIRO and other Australian and international universities. Potential candidates will need a First Class Honours or Masters degree.

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