PhD position in coastal dune habitat sensitivity to environmental change
Applications are invited for a funded PhD position at the University of Melbourne, Australia, focussing on the sensitivity of beach and dune systems to changing boundary conditions. The resilience of coastal landforms to changes in sea levels and storm patterns is dependent on the system’s ability to morphodynamically adjust through time. Resolving the rate, scale and thresholds of change is critical as these landforms are significant habitats for shorebirds and other species.
The project is based in the School of Geography and the National Centre for Coasts and Climate at The University of Melbourne, funded through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program. This project will closely collaborate with the Phillip Island Nature Parks to address issues of concern related to shorebird habitat. Applicants with expertise in botany, zoology or ecology are therefore encouraged to apply.
The candidate should possess an Honours or Masters degree (Honours 1 grade or equivalent). Experience with GIScience, UAVs, and the measurement of coastal processes is advantageous. A PhD stipend with top-up is available for Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent residents. International students will need to qualify for a Melbourne International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to secure a stipend.