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 PhD Scholarship:

Reintroduction of Ecosystem Engineers as a Woodland Restoration Tool: effects on plants and soil, water and nutrient cycles

An attractive PhD scholarship $28,715 per annum, tax-free for 3 years, plus operating funds.

Since European settlement, Australia has seen one of the highest rates of mammal extinction in the world. Many of the small mammals that became extinct had important ecological functions, and our understanding of these effects on ecosystem structure and dynamics is poor. A project to reintroduce the Eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), that went extinct on the mainland but survived in Tasmania, provides a unique opportunity to study the role such ‘ecosystem engineers’ can play is restoring temparate woodland ecosystems. This is a major collaborative project between the ACT Government, Australian National University, CSIRO and the James Hutton Institute (Scotland). We are seeking applications from a highly qualified and motivated candidate to undertake the following PhD project:

Ecosystem engineering: how do bettongs affect the soil, water and nutrient cycles and plant diversity in box-gum grassy woodlands? The aim of this project will be to examine how bettongs influence soil condition and plant diversity.

This PhD integrates soil science, plant and animal ecology. The successful candidate will have a background and interests in environmental science and management, ecology or similar. Specialist skills relevant to the subject of the PhD project, including experience in field ecology or soil science, will be a distinct advantage. First class Honours (or equivalent academic and professional qualifications) is a prerequisite for appointment. Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest stating their interests and ideas in this area of research and their CV. An expert supervisory panel that matches the skills of the successful applicant will be provided.

Enquiries to: Associate Professor Adrian Manning
ARC Future Fellow, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Frank fenner Building, The Australian National University , Canberra ACT 0200 Ph: (02) 6125 5415
[email protected]

Closing date: Postion will be open until filled.