Effects of land management on insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-arid NSW.

Federation University is pleased to partner with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust to offer a PhD scholarship in biodiversity conservation.

Scholarship details

Stipend:$28 854 per annum (Indexed yearly)
Project support: $3k per year
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship: $26 400 per annum
Funding length: 3 years
Location: Mount Helen

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the (Scholarship specific form) along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Philip Barton prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 30 September 2022

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 03 January 2023

Research project outline

Project title: Effects of land management on insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-arid NSW.

An exciting new project is available to examine the benefits of land conservation techniques for insect biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in semi-arid western NSW. Changes to land management can lead to the regeneration of vegetation, but flow-on effects to insect biodiversity are not well-understood. This project will investigate insect biodiversity and ecosystems services among areas of vegetation with contrasting land management histories of livestock grazing and fire. There is scope to work with academic researchers, industry practitioners (Biodiversity Conservation Trust), and landowners. The applicant must be prepared to undertake entomological lab work and remote area field work.

Industry Partner and Student Host: This project is in partnership with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/). Co-supervision of the project will be provided by Dr Geoffrey Kay, Principal Ecologist at BCT, with opportunities to work closely with other BCT field officers.

Supervisors:

Principal Supervisor:

Dr Philip Barton, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Federation University, Mount Helen campus VIC. (ps.barton@federation.edu.au)

Associate and Co-Supervisors

Associate Supervisor:

Dr Grant Palmer,Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Federation University, Mount Helen campus VIC. (g.palmer@federation.edu.au)

Co-supervisor:

Dr Geoff Kay, Principal Ecologist, NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Queanbeyan NSW (Geoffrey.Kay@bct.nsw.gov.au)