Advert ID: 20009780
PhD scholarships (x5): ARC Training Centre for Forest Value
University of Tasmania
Successful applicants will receive scholarships which provide:
Available projects are:
Browsing by mammalian herbivores (eg. wallabies, possums, deer) is a significant issue for growing trees. Browsing monitoring and management incur significant costs and there are significant knowledge gaps in understanding the risk of sites to browsing and developing effective tools for monitoring and deterrence. This project aims to test innovative solutions in both areas.
Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra.
The Australian hardwood plantation estate is a critical part of Australia’s wood supply for both fibre and increasingly for solid wood products. To maximise the potential of this resource there is a need to determine the drivers of site productivity to maximise tree production and to understand optimal site management practices that maintain site productivity. This project will address these two knowledge gaps by bringing together research on above- and below-ground tree processes with site management practices.
Primary Supervisor: Professor Mark Hovenden.
Ensuring a future forest estate under changing climates is essential and vulnerability assessments indicate that climate change may have large consequences for sections of the future industry. There are opportunities to complement tools in the breeding of material to minimise threats.
This project aims to understand the genomic architecture of quantitative traits in E. nitens. The project will focus on traits affecting resistance to drought, heat, diseases, and pests - stressors that are expected to increasingly impact forests under climate change. Novel approaches to large-scale phenotyping will be explored, including stress indicators and other traits derived from hand-held and drone-based sensors, through collaboration with concurrent projects.
Primary Supervisor: Professor René Vaillancourt
Exploration of models and systems for the inclusion of novel traits into Eucalyptus globulus breeding
Ensuring a productive future forest estate under changing climates is essential and vulnerability assessments indicate that climate change may have large consequences for sections of the future industry. Tree breeding maybe part of the solution to this challenge for the forest industry and we now need to provide the systems and strategies for inclusion of novel traits, including risk traits, into the current genetic evaluation systems used for tree breeding.
This project will focus on the system used for genetic evaluation of Australia’ major plantation eucalypt - Eucalyptus globulus. The project will involve both simulation studies and genetic studies of the phenotypic data on reproductive and risk traits accrued from field trials by the breeding programs. The genetic studies will involve the integration of genomic and pedigree data.
Primary Supervisor: Professor René Vaillancourt.
There is a need to document the drivers of poor survival of plantation trees, both in the early stages of planting and after trees have become established and suffer subsequent death. More specifically there are significant gaps in our understanding of how above- and below-ground processes interact to affect tree survival. The results of this project will improve site management protocols to maximise tree survival in hardwood plantations.
Primary Supervisor: Professor Mark Hovenden.
The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.
Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas (apart from applicants from New Zealand as noted above).
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:
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See below for detailed descriptions of each project, including selection criteria etc.
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Closing date: 30 November 2021.
Project Description 1 - 1. Quantifying Risks of Mammal Browsing.pdf
Position Description 2 - 2. Maximising and Maintaining Site Productivity.pdf
Position Description 3 - 3. Identification of Elite Eucalyptus Nitens Genetic Material.pdf
Position Description 4 - 4. Inclusion of Novel Traits into Eucalyptus Globulus Breeding.pdf
Position Description 5 - 5. Biotic Agents and Site Silvicultural Practices.pdf