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PhD projects in Conservation / Environmental Science (x3)
We are seeking enthusiastic, quantitative conservation / interdisciplinary scientists for three PhD projects on diverse projects.
These projects are largely desk-based (ideal at the moment), but will have strong international and national collaboration networks. Start dates are ASAP - ideally by August, but with some flexibility. All three will be funded by Deakin University scholarships, and are open to Australia and international students.
Project 1: Planning for sustainable development and biodiversity on Indigenous lands
The complexity of planning for sustainable development is exemplified in the Tiwi Islands, 60km north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. The Tiwi Land Council is seeking to expand economic opportunities for Tiwi communities and to improve social, economic and health outcomes for the Tiwi people, while sustaining the Islands’ unique cultural and biodiversity values.
This project aims to support decision-making on the Tiwi islands, through new methods for collaborative land-use planning that advance knowledge about trade-offs between sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation on Indigenous lands. Our approach is trans-disciplinary and participatory, integrating Indigenous and scientific knowledge and methods.
This project will
Project 2: Improving the implementation and integration of biodiversity risk assessments
The Earth is currently experiencing a global biodiversity crisis. Ecosystems are collapsing and species extinctions are occurring at an unprecedented rate. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems was developed to assess risks to biodiversity, and is rapidly gaining traction in informing global conservation targets and national assessments of threatened communities.
In this project, the PhD student will use a combination of literary synthesis, field work and modelling to explore how the Red List of Ecosystems can be implemented and used to improve outcomes, including developing an understanding of:
Project 3: Connecting biodiversity risk assessment, human well-being and natural capital accounting
The global biodiversity crisis is causing ecosystem collapses and species extinctions at an unprecedented rate, eroding the capacity of the environment to provide essential services that sustain human well-being, economies and social fabrics.
Multiple approaches have been developed to assess risks to biodiversity (for example the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the Red List of Ecosystems), to value the benefits it supports, and to account for stocks and flows of the benefits from natural capital to human well-being. These approaches remain largely disparate, with limited exchanges between extensive ecological and economic knowledge bases and data.
In this trans-disciplinary project, the PhD student will bring together different knowledge types and theory to improve the monitoring and management of natural ecosystems. The student will:
By working with leading authors in both the RLE and SEEA approaches, this exciting PhD project will influence global and national policy approaches and measurement standards.
How to apply:View details
Please send applications (cover letter, addressing the selection criteria listed for each project, and CV) to Emily Nicholson, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date 1st of June 2020.
PhD Project Descriptions - 3 PhD projects April 2020.pdf