[Coral-List] PhD opportunity in Australia - understanding conservation management networks

Lappin, Jennifer jennifer.lappin at jcu.edu.au
Mon Oct 26 02:08:22 EDT 2015

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies<http://www.coralcoe.org..au/> is seeking two outstanding PhD students to contribute to a project on conservation management networks in (and relating to) marine and terrestrial protected areas. The projects will use manager interviews, analysis of management plans, and ancillary data sets to explore questions relating to such topics as the spatial constraints on network formation, the relevance of geography for self-organization and network development through time, and tradeoffs and synergies between nodal and network resilience. Applicants must have completed a First Class Honours or Master's degree and have a strong quantitative background (or be willing to obtain one) as well as research experience in a relevant field. Both projects will offer substantial opportunities for travel, field work, and modelling. Funding for the positions is provided through the James S. McDonnell Foundation; more information on the grant can be found at https://www.jsmf.org/grants/2012020/

PhD scholarship funding will be for three years at James Cook University, Townsville. Applicants must be available to commence studies in early 2016. The stipend rate will be above the Australian Postgraduate Award rate, which in 2016 will be $A26, 288 p.a.

Expressions of Interest providing a CV, statement of research interest, and cover letter addressing suitability for the scholarship must be sent to Jennifer.Lappin at jcu.edu.au<mailto:Jennifer.Lappin at jcu.edu.au>  by 30 November 2015.
Requests for information about the research project should be sent to Professor Graeme Cumming (Graeme.cumming at jcu.edu.au<mailto:Graeme.cumming at jcu.edu.au>).

Jennifer Lappin | Chief Operations Officer
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

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