Advert ID: 20004779
PhD opportunity in Tasmania restoring farmland for eastern barred bandicoots
University of Tasmania
'Restoring farmland for eastern barred bandicoot recovery in Tasmania'
The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) was previously widely distributed across northern and eastern Tasmania. It has progressively disappeared from the Tasmanian Midlands over the last 30 years and small populations in the north and northeast are under threat. Bandicoots forage in open grasslands, which puts them at higher risk of predation by feral cats. Key threats are thought to be a combination of high cat densities and destruction of structurally complex ground cover, in combination with a warming and drying climate. These threats coalesce in the most productive parts of the landscape, where soil moisture and structure provide the best conditions for both bandicoots and agriculture. The project will use wildlife cameras, trapping and movement tracking techniques to study eastern barred bandicoots in northern Tasmania to answer the following questions:
This project provides opportunity to engage with both the applied and theoretical aspects of species conservation and restoration of ecological function in agricultural landscapes. The project will provide knowledge and recommendations for habitat restoration and recovery of eastern barred bandicoots in Tasmania and will involve collaboration with government and non-government conservation agencies. The project will be grounded in an understanding of the ecological interactions between bandicoots, their habitat and invasive and native predators, the processes which influence their abundance and persistence in the landscape.
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I am seeking a motivated person who is passionate about a career in conservation and ecological restoration.
The project is posted on the Univeristy of Tasmania https://www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/available-phd-projects/college-of-sciences-and-engineering
If you are interested please contact: Professor Menna Jones: Menna.Jones@utas.edu.au