Supervisors: Dr Gilad Bino (UNSW)
Institution: Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney
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. A key aspect is to improve our understanding of the breeding biology and requirements of the species, which remains incomplete.
The project aims to investigate reproductive ecology of platypuses. The project will consist of platypus surveys on the Snowy River over the breeding period (October 2021) to monitor indices of health in relation to reproduction in female platypuses. The project will also involve identification of burrow location and record ‘in-burrow’ activity and reproductive success.
You'll work with one of the most unique mammals on earth. You'll gain extensive experience in a range of field methods during platypus surveys and monitoring in the Australian Snowy region. You'll also develop good quantitative and statistical skills required to analyse collected data. You'll also write a paper for peer-reviewed publication. There may be opportunities for a PhD following the project. You'll be part of the dynamic Centre for Ecosystem Science and collaborate with researchers from UNSW and Taronga Zoo.
To learn more about this project, contact Dr Gilad Bino: email@example.com.