1: Predicting the genetic outcomes of threatened species translocations

We are offering two fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Dr Carly Cook and Dr Carlo Pacioni.

The proposed PhD projects will work as part of a larger research project developing a toolkit to improve genetic management of threatened species. Given the importance of translocations for the conservation of many threatened species, decision makers require tools to enable them to explore the likely genetic outcomes of different translocation scenarios and design strategies that will maximise the conservation outcomes for species. This project will work with management agencies to use emerging modelling tools to predict the potential genetic outcomes of different translocation scenarios and then  validate these models to understand how accurately they predict the on-ground outcomes of translocations. The project will focus on case studies of species that have active translocation programs in place. The students will build knowledge and skills in population genetics and population modelling, spend time on field work, laboratory work and computer modelling. And learn about the practical implementation of science to guide on-ground management decisions.

2: Assessing the role of scientists within conservation management agencies

We are offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Dr Carly Cook, Prof. Richard Kingsford and Dr Dirk Roux. The candidate must have an interest in the role of knowledge exchange in promoting evidence-based conservation. Click here for more information.

3: Improving shark and ray conservation through better fisheries management

This project will explore the impact of recreational fishers on the conservation of sharks and rays. These species are often caught as by-catch but post-release outcomes for these species can be poor. The research will work to understand how fishers interact with sharks and rays when caught, and developing and implementing methods to achieve behavioural change in their interactions with captured individuals. The project is fully funded and the successful applicant will work with myself, A/Prof. Richard Reina and Dr Jessica Walsh. Experience with fisheries management and social research methods would be an advantage. Click here for more information.

4: Conservation psychology

This project will explore a range of factors relating to the psychology of how we achieve conservation objectives. For example, how do values influence perspectives about conservation? Are optimistic or pessimistic messages about conservation more effective reaching the public? If you are interested in hearing more about this project then get in context with Carly. Candidates with a background in psychology or social research methods will have an advantage, but this is not essential for the position.

5: Improving the use of science in conservation management.

I am looking for a highly motivated candidate with research interests in ecology and conservation to undertake a project investigating the role of science-based decision support tools in supporting conservation management decisions. The emphasis of the project will be developed in collaboration with the student to accommodate research interests and strengths. Candidates with backgrounds in biology, mathematics, and/or social research methods are invited to apply. The starting date can be any time during 2018.


Check back in 2022.

Postgraduate or Postdoctoral research positions

If you are interested in a PhD or a Postdoctoral research position to work in the lab please send your CV (including publications and academic results) and an expression of interest outlining your research interests and motivation to Dr Carly Cook.

Please note: Applicants for a PhD scholarship must possess a Bachelor or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science or MPhil. These degrees must have contained a research component to be eligible.

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