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Terrestrial Ecology Research - Industry Engagement PhD Scholarships

If you are thinking of furthering your career with a research degree and solving real world problems, ECU is seeking a PhD candidate to undertake research in Microbial Ecology.

Important dates

Opens: 12-07-2018 Closes: 30-07-2018

Applies to

Domestic International Postgraduate Research

At a glance

  • You must not be a current ECU student to apply for this scholarship.
  • In order to apply for this scholarship, you must not have a course application in the ECU system.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to Dr Anna Hopkins (

The project

Project Title: Understanding soil microbial community shifts in response to fire and weed invasions in urban banksia woodlands.

Project overview: The PhD project will examine how changes in fire frequency and season, invasive weeds, and climate interact to affect soil microbial communities in banksia woodlands in and around Perth. Changes in the soil microbial communities could have profound impacts on regeneration, recruitment and ecosystem stability in these fragile urban woodlands, yet there are is a dearth of information about soil microbes in these ecosystems. The improved understanding of soil microbial communities will inform the management of these unique urban ecosystems. The research project forms part of a collaboration with our partner, Kings Park Science and the applicant will be embedded within a large, established and multidisciplinary team. The applicant will also be a member of the internationally recognised Centre for Ecosystem Management in the School of Science.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this project, please contact Dr Anna Hopkins for further details regarding the scholarship.

Forms and downloads

More information

Please contact Dr Anna Hopkins (

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