[Coral-List] Ph.D. position: ecological effects of tropical storms

Joshua Madin joshua.madin at mq.edu.au
Tue Jan 13 22:30:16 EST 2015

The biomechanical and ecological impact of tropical cyclones and post-cyclone recovery

A Ph.D. position is available at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) for work on the biomechanical and ecological impact of, and recovery from, the recent Tropical Cyclone Ita at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef.  In collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (University of Sydney), benthic maps were recorded before and after the cyclone at more than twenty reef sites of varying exposure around the perimeter of the island. The Ph.D. candidate will be tasked with continuing field data collection, which includes yearly benthic in-situ mapping, and the subsequent analysis of the physical, environmental and ecological data sets. The goal is to produce a uniquely detailed picture of cyclone effects on coral reefs and their subsequent recovery.

Essential criteria:
- A top-ranked Masters thesis or equivalent
- A high undergraduate grade point average (e.g., mostly As/high distinctions)
- A record of publication(s) in peer-review international journals
- Strong understanding of mathematics and statistical procedures
- Extensive research diving and boating experience
- Ability to plan and lead field trips in remote locations
- Ability to be part of and communicate with a multi-institutional team 

Preferable criteria:
- Computer programming skills
- Willingness to interact with the public (e.g., via the media and seminars)

The successful candidate will have their tuition fees paid and receive a full-time stipend of AUD$25,392 pa (tax exempt) for 3 years. Research support is $6000 per year. Additional international conference/research travel support up to $4000 is available through the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund.

Interested applicants should send a CV, a short expression of interest that addresses the criteria above, and a preferred starting date to Dr. Joshua Madin (joshua.madin at mq.edu.au). Further information about the research group can be found at http://acropora.bio.mq.edu.au

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