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PhD opportunity: Movement and migration of Latham's Snipe
Australian National University
PhD project: Movement and migration of Latham's Snipe
We are seeking a dedicated, passionate and high-quality PhD applicant to work with a team of ecologists and citizen scientists running a national research and monitoring program on Latham’s Snipe.
This PhD project will address the following questions:
This project will use GPS tracking to determine migration pathways and key stopover (staging) sites in eastern Australia for snipe that spend the non-breeding season in Canberra. Finer-scale tracking will also be used to determine habitat use of snipe in Canberra during the non-breeding period (October to February). Information obtained through the tracking will be used to determine important non-breeding and migration staging sites, the key characteristics of habitat at these sites, and how individual birds respond to changes in land use and other disturbance.
In addition to understanding movement patterns by snipe within Canberra, this project will also make an assessment of the relative abundance and distribution of snipe in urban ACT compared to alpine areas. Latham’s Snipe are known to make use of highland and alpine areas, and records from the ACT and NSW alpine areas suggests that snipe present in low densities throughout summer. However, very little is known about alpine populations and the way in which snipe use alpine habitats.
The successful candidate will obtain skills in animal tracking technologies, desktop and web GIS, spatial and statistical analyses, conservation prioritisation and multi-stakeholder engagement (government, community and industry).
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The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers and citizen scientists at Australian National University and Federation University, the Canberra Ornithologists Group, the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and members of the Latham’s Snipe Project to undertake this field- and desk-based research. The project will be supervised by the leading Latham’s Snipe expert, and researchers and practitioners in movement ecology and conservation management. Successful applicants will be co-located across the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, and the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University.