[Coral-List] PhD scholarship opportunities – climate change effects on Australian fish and fisheries species

Ivan Nagelkerken ivan.nagelkerken at adelaide.edu.au
Wed Jan 4 23:55:26 EST 2017

*PhD scholarship opportunities – climate change effects on Australian 
fish and fisheries species*

Funding has been obtained from the Australian Research Council for a 
3-year project studying the effects of climate-driven range extensions 
of tropical coral reef fishes on temperate Australian coastal 
ecosystems. I am seeking several excellent prospective PhD students to 
participate in various parts of the project.

Projects summary:

We tackle the Research Priority ‘Environmental change’ by innovatively 
analysing a long-term dataset to reveal the drivers of successful native 
invasions, experimentally evaluating their effect on fish diversity and 
productivity, and developing holistic models that forecast their impacts 
on the near-future distribution and stocks of inshore fisheries species. 
In a changing world where many people depend on oceans for food and 
livelihood, predicting the future distribution of fisheries species is 
one of the big challenges we face. Many inshore fisheries species are 
being stressed simultaneously by native invasions and ocean warming, but 
rigorous empirical data and models that can provide reliable forecasts 
of these impacts are lacking.

The project involves field work and/or experimental lab work in Adelaide 
and along the east coast of Australia (New South Wales), and is a 
collaborative project between the University of Adelaide, University of 
Technology Sydney and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Multiple PhD 
projects are available on behavioural ecology, food-web dynamics 
(including stable isotope analysis), otolith bio-chronology, community 
dynamics, population biology, ecophysiology, and (aut)ecology, all of 
which with a focus on the above project objectives.

Research funding is available to support several PhD projects but 
candidates need to obtain a scholarship to cover their tuition and 
living expenses. International candidates can apply for an IPRS or ASI 
scholarship through the University of Adelaide (next deadline: 31 Jan 
2017) while domestic candidates (Australian and New Zealand citizens and 
Permanent Residents of Australia) can apply for an Australian 
Postgraduate Award (next deadline: 31 May 2017). Applicants with funding 
from other sources are also welcome to apply. Only excellent candidates 
will be invited to apply for these competitive scholarships. Successful 
international scholarship applicants typically have at least a few 
scientific articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals (with high ISI 
impact factor), with at least one as lead author. Other requirements are 
high B.Sc./M.Sc. grades, excellent writing skills, good referee reports, 
relevant research experience, and being able to operate successfully in 
a team. Applicants should be native English speakers or show recent 
evidence of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFFL, IELTS).

The University of Adelaide is a research-intensive university, and one 
of Australia’s top eight Universities. The School of Biological Sciences 
has strong expertise across the disciplines of marine ecology and global 
change biology (www.marinebiology.adelaide.edu.au). Successful 
candidates will join a dynamic group of students and academics working 
on climate change at the School. They will perform research leading to a 
Doctoral degree in Marine Biology.

To apply: Send your cover letter, CV, list of publications, and 
Bachelors/Masters/Honours transcripts to Prof Ivan Nagelkerken 
(ivan.nagelkerken at adelaide.edu.au; 
http://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/ivan.nagelkerken) before 16 
January 2017. Applications will also be considered after this date for 
the next rounds of scholarships later this year.

Prof. Ivan Nagelkerken

Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories, Darling Building, DX 650 418
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005, Australia

E-mail: ivan.nagelkerken at adelaide.edu.au | Skype: ivan.nagelkerken
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