PHD OPPORTUNITY: EFFECTS OF GRAZING ON ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION IN A CONSERVATION SETTING


UNSW SIDNEY AUSTRALIA

PhD Opportunity: Effects of grazing on ecosystem function in a conservation setting

We are looking for PhD candidates to investigate the impacts of grazing by wild herbivores (kangaroos, rabbits and goats) on ecosystem functioning in arid conservation reserves. Wild herbivores occur in high numbers throughout much of arid Australia and there is concern that at high densities their grazing may have detrimental impacts on biodiversity but there is little knowledge available to guide their management.

We are looking for students with interests and skills in ecology and remote sensing. There is scope for research on a broad range of topics including soils, plants, invertebrates, small vertebrates (birds, lizards, mammals) and remote sensing. Fieldwork will be undertaken at Witchelina and Boolcoomatta Station reserves in north-east South Australia and will involve close collaboration with staff from Nature Foundation SA and Bush Heritage Australia who are managing these conservation reserves.

Contacts: Professor Mike Letnic, [email protected], Associate Professor Will Cornwell,

[email protected], Dr Adrian Fisher, [email protected]

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