Research funds and a $5,000/year top-up scholarship
Unique opportunity for an exceptional PhD student to be part of a new ARC funded international trophic cascades research program. We are inviting applicants for a challenging and rewarding PhD program, which offers research funds and a $5,000/year top-up scholarship, access to remote field sites in three global regions, and collaborations with international experts.
About the project
Project name: The role of apex predators and coevolution on small mammal resilience to predation
UTS Supervisors: Dr Arian Wallach, Assoc Prof Daniel Ramp & Assoc Prof Jonathan Webb
International collaborators: Prof Bill Ripple (Oregon State University, USA), Assoc Prof Uri Shanas (University of Haifa, Israel), Prof Scott Carroll (University of California Davis, USA).
This project will deliver a robust evaluation of the evolutionary and ecological conditions that determine whether predators drive extinctions of their prey. It does so by uniting the previously separate disciplines of invasion biology and trophic cascades to model predator-prey systems inside and outside the native ranges of key mesopredators, in the presence and absence of apex predators. The candidate will use network analysis to integrate field data collected by the research team from Australia, Middle East and America.
The position is contingent on the candidate successfully obtaining an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend, or equivalent, starting 2018.
Strong capacities in critical thinking, self-driven problem solving and motivation. Strong academic track record (e.g. Honours 1st Class), good statistical, modelling & writing skills. Fluency in R and GIS.
How to apply
Send your CV and a half page expression of interest to Arian Wallach.
Applications close: Open until filled