PhD Scholarship: Seagrass Restoration

Development of methods for the recovery of intertidal seagrass meadows

Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Industry partner: Melbourne Water
Start Date: As soon as a suitable candidate is found
Campus location: Deakin University, Queenscliff Marine Research Station, Victoria, Australia

Overview: As key ecosystem engineers, seagrasses provide a range of important ecosystem services including nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, coastal protection, and providing a structurally complex habitat to a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species. Given these important roles, there has been increasing concern about the rapid declines seagrass populations are now experiencing globally.

Proposed research project: This project will develop restoration and recovery methodology for intertidal seagrass meadows in Western Port, Australia. The program will use a combination of field- based trials and nursery experiments to develop the appropriate methodologies needed for seagrass habitat restoration in Western Port.

The candidate should have a strong academic background in ecological theory, GIS and experience in field ecology. They will need to demonstrate strong writing and quantitative analysis skills and be highly self-motivated. The project is funded for three years; the successful student will be competitive for, and encouraged to apply for, additional internal and external funding sources.

Interested applicants are asked to complete and send the HDR expression of interest form to Craig Sherman ( Successful candidates will then be invited to proceed with a formal application.

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