Be part of a team of scientist, government and conservation agency members, and other graduate students working on the ecology and management of the largest burrowing herbivore in the world. The highly visible warrens and burrows of Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats, which can be seen from space, makes them an ideal model species for testing the latest developments in modelling species range dynamics under climate and land-use change. These approaches combine information from spatiotemporal statistics, genomics and demographic models into computer simulations to better understand responses of species to global change and to inform spatial wildlife decision making.
Attractive opportunities for two PhD students with field work in remote parts of Australia’s deserts are now available in a broader project aiming to predict the future of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat and identify key conservation priorities. To do this we are combining existing data on current and past warren distributions, and species abundances, with 40 years of continuous abundance indicators, using statistical and mechanistic models. We are envisioning independently testing this modelling framework across different time horizons using inference of population change from molecular log books. The project will contribute to the related fields of ecological modelling, global change biology, conservation management and biogeography. Students will be hosted at the University of Adelaide’s School for Biological Sciences and will be supervised by a team of leading scientists in the fields of quantitative ecology, climate change science, macroecology, genomics & evolutionary biology, zoology and spatial sciences. The university proudly delivers postgraduate education, training and research with both national relevance and global outreach.
Interested candidates are encouraged to start the application process as soon as possible by emailing your CV and research ambitions to any of the supervisory panel members indicated below. You should have:
A commitment to research excellence
Demonstrated statistical and spatial data analysis skills
Excellent time management and interpersonal skills
Evidence of well-developed verbal and written communication skills
Qualifications: BSc with Honours or a Master’s degree in ecology or related disciplines
Salary: Stipends of $26,288/yr +$5,000/yr (AUD) are available to suitably qualified candidates.
If you would like to know more about these positions, please contact Dr Damien Fordham (firstname.lastname@example.org); Dr. David Taggart (David.Taggart@adelaide.edu.au), Dr. Stuart Brown (email@example.com), or Dr. Bertram Ostendorf (Bertram.Ostendorf@adelaide.edu.au)