Advert ID: 20003309
PhD project with industry funding - Modelling shoreline vegetation to inform operations of Lake Victoria, NSW
The University of Melbourne
MDBA funding of $15,000 p.a. for 3 years in addition to AGRTP scholarship ($27,540 - $30,600 p.a.)
We are seeking a PhD candidate, with industry sponsorship from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), to investigate the dynamics of shoreline vegetation in Lake Victoria, NSW.
Lake Victoria is a large, natural lake in south-western NSW that has been operated as a water storage in the River Murray system since 1928. In 1998, it was recognised that storage operations were endangering the preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage at Lake Victoria. Since 2002, the lake has been operated to balance water delivery and environmental outcomes as per the Lake Victoria Operating Strategy.
Spiny sedge (Cyperus gymnocaulos) is the most abundant and extensive plant species on the shoreline of Lake Victoria. Importantly, it is effective at stabilising shoreline sediments which in turn reduces erosion and subsequent damage to cultural heritage material.
Ecological knowledge of spiny sedge is limited. In order to facilitate an increase in vegetation cover and stabilise the lakeshore, a more detailed understanding of spiny sedge (and potentially of other species) biology and factors affecting its survival, growth, reproduction, and recruitment is required.
The proposed project aims to draw upon a combination of the existing literature, monitoring data and analysis, together with targeted field and/or greenhouse work, to gather information that can be used to develop predictive model for spiny sedge.
The candidate will enjoy a high degree of collaborative interaction and support from the MDBA. The functional model will be used to inform routine and scenario-planning operations at Lake Victoria, so will need to show what lake operations are required to provide conditions for the continued expansion of this species and potentially others, and once established what operations conditions are required to maintain its cover. This understanding will be used by MDBA river operators to refine lake operations in the interest of cultural heritage protection.
The candidate will be supervised by Assoc Prof Angus Webb (University of Melbourne), Prof Justin Brookes (University of Adelaide) and Dr Joe Greet (University of Melbourne).
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For further information about this scholarship and the expression of interest process described below please contact Assoc Prof Angus Webb, Water Environment and Agriculture Program, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne. Angus can be reached at email@example.com or via telephone on +61 3 8344 9347.
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We will select a preferred applicant who will then need to complete a standard application for the PhD program in the Melbourne School of Engineering for submission by August 31, 2019.
Expressions of interest close 11:59pm AEST Sunday, July 14, 2019.