Advert ID: 20007278
PhD scholarship: Conservation Ecology of New England Endemic Granite Outcrop Plant Communities
University of New England
The goal of the project is to increase ecological knowledge, establish monitoring guidelines, and deliver conservation outcomes for a range of rare and threatened plant species in unique granite outcrop communities of the New England bioregion.
The project will combine community and molecular ecology, by characterising genetic variation within and among plant species, and examining plant-insect (e.g. pollination, herbivory) and plant-soil (e.g. mycorrhiza) interactions that influence plant growth and reproduction.
The New England Batholith is one of the most significant areas of granite outcrop in Australia. Vegetation communities on granite outcrops are unique, yet there is very little knowledge on the ecology and fire responses of New England granitic plant communities, which include many endemic and threatened species.
The candidate will be joining the Saunders Ecology Lab and working with a diverse team of researchers working on a range of plant and insect ecology, conservation and ecosystem services projects. The candidate will have access to relevant training in field, statistical and molecular tools as needed. The School provides a laptop, desk and lab space, and operating funds of up to $3000 per year.
The scholarship provides a living allowance and is awarded on academic merit and research experience and/or potential. It also includes a tuition fee off-set.
Three years full-time for a doctoral degree, two years for a research Master's degree. The duration of the scholarship cannot be extended.
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More information on PhD Scholarships at UNE: https://www.une.edu.au/research/hdr/scholarships/rtp-scholarship
Contact: Dr Manu Saunders, email@example.com
Saunders Ecology Lab: https://saundersecologylab.com
Applications open until 19 March 2021, or until filled.