Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Ph.D. Scholarship in Climate Change, Australia

Predicting the effects of climate change on community structure and function: An assessment using temperate grassland invertebrates Applications are invited for a top-up scholarship for a PhD student to join a research team investigating the effects of climate change on community structure and function for temperate grassland invertebrates. The PhD position will be based in Dr Heloise Gibb’s research laboratory at La Trobe University, Melbourne, with collaborators from the University of NSW and the University of New England.
The scholarship would provide an additional stipend of $5000 per annum and the applicant’s research will be supported by operating funds from an ARC grant. An extension of support to 3.5 years for up to 6 months in the form of a full scholarship would also be considered.
The successful applicant will need to obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship at La Trobe University, and thus a good first class honours mark will be essential. The preferred starting date for this project is late 2009 to early 2010 and the project will support a top-up for a suitably qualified applicant willingto apply for an APA at the end of 2009.The project will involve field surveys, field transplant experiments and laboratory work to assess the relationship between climatic gradients and species composition and functional morphology of insect herbivore assemblages on native grasses.Field work will be conducted throughout Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland in collaboration with researchers from UNE. Cutting edge statistics for use in this project will be developed at UNSW to allow community-level prediction of responses and testing of these predictions.
For further information, please contact Dr Heloise Gibb
Applications should consist of a cover letter detailing the experience and interests of the applicant, a curriculum vitae and details of two people who can provide references. Applications are due on the 1st of July 2009.

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