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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

Supervisory team: Craig Sherman, Rhys Coleman, Emma Jackson, Peter Macreadie and Adam Miller.
Campus location: Deakin University, Queenscliff Marine Research Station, Victoria, Australia

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to join our seagrass restoration program.

Project: This project will develop restoration and recovery methodology for intertidal seagrass meadows in Western Port, Australia. Western Port is a site of international environmental significance/UNESCO biosphere reserve but has seen significant losses in seagrass. The program will use a multidisciplinary approach that combines field-based trials, mesocosm experiments and nursery experiments to develop the appropriate methodologies needed for seagrass habitat restoration in Western Port. The PhD program will build on existing restoration efforts being undertaken in this region and students will have the opportunity to link in with national and international collaborators in the field of marine ecosystem restoration. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop a range of field, GIS, molecular laboratory and statistical analysis skills during their candidature. The student will be based at Deakin University’s Queenscliff Marine Research Facility.

The candidate should have a strong academic background in ecological theory and experience in field ecology. Experience with GIS, molecular laboratory skills and data analysis would be desirable. The candidate will need to demonstrate strong writing and quantitative analysis skills and be highly self- motivated. Applicants will require a first-class honours (or equivalent) or a Masters degree in a similar field. We are looking for a candidate who is independent and works well in an interdisciplinary team environment. A driver’s license is required for the fieldwork component. Selection will be based on prior academic experience.


The PhD is a 3-year program inclusive of a AUD$28,600 per year stipend, tax exempt. International applications contingent on COVID-19 restrictions. Domestic applicants may be prioritised.


Interested applicants are asked contact Craig Sherman (craig.sherman@deakin.edu.au) to discuss their application. Successful candidates will then be invited to proceed with a formal application.