This PhD project will examine genetic diversity and resilience of seagrass species in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Seagrasses in the Pilbara form critically important habitat, especially for herbivorous dugongs. They are vulnerable to disturbance, yet there is a profound lack of information on how they change and the consequences for species dependent on them. This project forms part of a collaboration with our partner, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA), to assess seagrass habitat across the Pilbara and its interaction with dugong foraging. The improved understanding of the resilience of seagrass habitat and its interactions with dugongs will underpin management of critical habitat and endangered fauna in WA. The successful applicant will be a member of the dynamic Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Science. The scholarship includes a stipend of $28,000 per annum to be paid fortnightly via electronic funds transfer.for up to 3 years.
To be eligible applicants must have met the minimum requirements below:
And at least one of the following:
Special exemption from the above requirements may be granted by the Associate Dean (Research) of the relevant School where an adequate case has been made by a potential supervisor.
*If you have submitted an application for course entry and have not yet been issued an offer, or you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor Honours Degree, a Master’s Degree or Integrated PhD you can apply for this scholarship and your application will be assessed conditional on achieving the minimum requirements.
You are not eligible to apply for this scholarship if any of the below apply:
The Scholarship is open to international applicants.
For additional information about this project, please contact Professor Paul Lavery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 6304 5687.
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