Ballarat City Council scholarship

Project: Optimising submersed aquatic vegetation coverage in shallow lakes to maintain amenities for multiple users.

  • PhD Project 1: Impact of submersed aquatic vegetation and submersed aquatic vegetation management techniques on physiochemical features of shallow amenity lakes
  • PhD Project 2: Impact of submersed aquatic vegetation, and submersed aquatic vegetation management techniques, on ecological features of shallow amenity lakes

Scholarship value:   $27596 (2019 rate, indexed annually) per year stipend to support living costs  over 3 years. No extension permitted

Location: Mt Helen campus of Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350

Conditions of Scholarships: Scholarships are for a period of three years. Application is open to domestic and international candidates. Standard leave entitlements apply. This position and scholarship are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week on campus and may be required to participate in occasional industry placement at key times during the term of their candidature.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship application form and the Application for candidature admission Form is available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for one of the City of Ballarat PhD Scholarships, and identify which one. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to

Closing date: Fri 29 March 2019 - Applications may be submitted via mail, email or in person

Commencement dates: 01/05/2019, or by negotiation of the successful candidate.

Scholarships' project description:


Managing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in shallow amenity lakes is a balancing act. While aquatic plants are integral components of freshwater ecosystems and provide essential ecosystem services (water quality, water clarity, wildlife habitat, carbon uptake), overabundant aquatic vegetation can impair some ecosystem services provided by shallow aquatic ecosystems and reduce amenity value (obstruct fishing, boating and swimming, reduce aesthetics). Many lakes in Victoria, Australia, have artificially (high) maintained and stable water levels to provide economic and social benefits but these situations, combined with excessive nutrient inputs, also provide an ideal environment for SAV growth, leading to problematic infestations. The optimal coverage of SAV must be carefully managed to balance access with protection of water quality; too little SAV may push a shallow lake into a turbid, algae-dominated state. To maintain amenity values there is a need for developing and instituting SAV management approaches that are acceptable to the community, ecologically sustainable, cost effective and practical. We will seek to understand the issues attending SAV in Lake Wendouree, identify the optimal area of coverage for maintenance of water quality and amenity values, and develop sound management strategies by undertaking two three year research projects:

For further information:
For questions related to the research project, please contact Prof Singarayer Florentine, (03 5327 9231

Industry Partner: Ballarat City Council
Academic Supervisor
Prof. Singarayer Florentine (FedUni)
Assoc Prof Julie Mondon (Deakin University)
Dr. Ben Long (FedUni)
Dr. Barry Kentish (FedUni)
A/Prof. Brad Mitchell (FedUni)
Industry Co-Supervisors
Dr. Tony Dugdale and Daryl Wallis