Advert ID: 20006285
PhD Scholarship: Evaluating Riparian Buffer Zones in Temperate Streams
Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
$115,000 Scholarship Package over 3 years
Start Date: Semester 1, 2021 (ie., T1, March 2021)
As Australia and the world confront the challenges of climate change and a growing population, water resource management has never been more important. Research will play a large role in helping shape and manage water resources, now and into the future, particularly in Australia, where water resources are scarce and highly variable.
This PhD-level research is sponsored by Barwon Water Corporation and Deakin University’s ‘Centre for Regional and Rural Futures’. We are seeking a suitably qualified environmental scientist/engineer with skills in ecological assessment, particularly ecological restoration, hydrogeology, microbiology and/or environmental engineering to undertake research to assess changes in water quality and ecological parameters associated with restoration of the riparian zone of a stretch of the upper East Barwon River, located in the Otway hinterland of Victoria’s south-west.
Based out of Deakin’s award-winning Geelong campus, the applied research is complementary to an existing river restoration and water security project led by Barwon Water that aims to restore water flow entitlements through the removal of non-native plant species (Salix spp., willow), streambed stabilisation, revegetation and stock-exclusion measures. The research will contribute new knowledge toward the concept of Ecologically Functional Riparian Zones, with a focus on comparing water quality and ecological variables before, during and after restoration activities.The project is open to domestic and international students, and would be well suited to mid-career NRM or water professionals looking for a stimulating change, or to provide a competitive career edge.