The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is one of the world’s most evolutionarily distinct mammals. Mounting evidence of local platypus population declines demands we improve conservation efforts.
APPLICATIONS CLOSED. The proposed project will examine interactions between reintroduced greater bilbies and their release environment to determine factors affecting establishment success in reintroduction, with a particular focus on maintenance of genetic diversity.
This project aims to build the evidence base to support regulatory and investment decisions for conservation of Threatened Ecological Communities and Species.
The PhD study will investigate the ecology of the plains mouse, origins of this irruption and reasons for the rapid expansion in populations. It will also examine the genetic links to other key populations in South Australia and Queensland.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. The proposed project will investigate the movement ecology, diet, survival and reproductive success of Greater Bilby in a breeding sanctuary in Dubbo, NSW.
UPDATE: WITHDRAWN. The student will learn field- and lab-based skills such as plant population monitoring, on-ground vegetation surveys, assessment of fire severity and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for post-fire monitoring.
UPDATE: WITHDRAWN. The Wild Deserts project will bridge the gap between the disciplines of reintroduction biology and restoration ecology by using reintroductions of locally extinct mammals into two, large predator-proof exclosures to restore ecosystems in Sturt National Park.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. The research project is funded for three years and will investigate the life history, behaviour and population dynamics of the platypus.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. This project will determine if predator training and selective screening of individuals for predator avoidance traits can improve reintroduction success. The results will be used to improve reintroduction protocols for threatened mammals and re-establish populations of endangered wildlife.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. A PhD project is offered to develop testate soil amoebae to provide a new measure of the hydrological status of peatlands through time.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD student interested in integrating spatially explicit data on climate, flow and inundation to model flooded areas as a function of flow using spatially explicit datasets in the Murray-Darling Basin.
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD student interested in modelling the response of vegetation to flooding integrating multisensor satellite data (very high resolution multi-/hyperspectral and LiDAR data).
UPDATE: CANDIDATE CHOSEN. This project seeks to use remote sensing data acquired by airborne (e.g., lidar, aerial photography), spaceborne C- and L-band radar, and optical sensors to quantify decadal changes in the extent, species composition, structure and biomass of mangroves.