PhD scholarship top-up: Biodiversity Modelling for National and Global Conservation Policy


The University of Melbourne



Project description:

Would you like to contribute to global biodiversity policy and conservation efforts, including implementing the Global Biodiversity Framework and achieving Sustainable Development Goals? This PhD project is an exciting opportunity to work on developing approaches and applications for integrated assessment models for biodiversity that can contribute to national and international biodiversity policy.

Global biodiversity loss is driven primarily by climate and land use change. Both these drivers are themselves driven by commodity production, trade, and consumption.

While biodiversity assessments over the last decade have focussed on impacts of climate and land use change, we do not fully understand how human social and economic processes and decisions drive climate, land-use and ultimately biodiversity change. Yet, we need this information to design effective biodiversity policies.

This PhD project aims to address this gap by exploring and testing novel modelling techniques in economic, land use or biodiversity (depending on the interest of the candidate) to allow robust prediction of biodiversity risks under environmental, social, and economic change.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers in ecology, economics, geography, and decisions makers to inform environmentally sustainable policy.

This project would suit someone with strong interests in the quantitative modelling and spatial statistics and an interest in integrated assessment models.

Scholarship information:

This project is supported by a broader Australian Research Council Discovery grant and comes with a $8,000 per annum top-up for three years.

However, the candidate must also obtain a University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship (details below). 

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