Marine debris is a global environmental concern. Threats from marine debris are understood conceptually, but their spatial and temporal distributions are largely unknown.

Without this knowledge, we cannot prioritise management actions or predict future change. This project will leverage Australia’s largest marine debris database (AMDD) to create risk maps of marine debris threats around Australia. It will develop novel methodologies to estimate threats for marine debris items and examine the distributions of threats in the context of oceanography and other influential forces. Outcomes will directly inform national and international management of this global problem.

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The candidate will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated academic excellence in environmental science relative to career-stage. The ideal candidate will have strong understanding of experimental design in ecology or environmental science. Statistical analyses and programming skills (preferably R) are desirable. They must be willing to conduct both laboratory and field experiments, and travel for remote fieldwork. A background in oceanography and modelling is desirable.