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PhD on 'Environmental control of seaweed phenology and reproduction'

Our research group (www.wernberglab.org) has received funding from the Australian Research Council and the Hermon Slade Foundation to investigate the implications of climate change and climate variability for Australia’s temperate reef ecosystems. We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic student for this research project:

A PhD project is available to undertake research on the influence of temperature and other environmental factors, on seaweed phenology and reproduction. One of the most pervasive manifestations of global warming on land has been a shift in the timing of life-cycle events such as reproduction.

The candidate will develop a project to test the effects of temperature and other environmental factors (e.g. light, water motion, nutrients, pH) on the phenology and reproduction of Australian seaweeds. The project provides an exciting opportunity to combine seaweed culture experiments and unique analyses of historical herbarium collections, to test the possible effects of increasing ocean temperature on the reproductive phenology of seaweeds in the world’s most diverse seaweed flora.

The candidate for this project will be based in the School of Plant Biology & the UWA Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia (Crawley Campus, Perth), where he/she will work as part of a diverse team of researchers, post-graduate and under-graduate students.

A strong academic record, quantitative skills and experience with marine ecology will be necessary for the project. Is very likely that the project will involve a combination of database, laboratory and/or field work. Candidates with skills and experience matching the proposed work will be favoured.

Australian and New Zealand candidates would need to apply for and secure an Australian Postgraduate Award, which at UWA also includes a top-up grant. Applications close on the 31st October at 5pm. International candidates are also welcome; they would need to full-fill all requirements for admission into the UWA PhD Program and apply for and secure an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Please visit the UWA Scholarships web page for more information.

Prospective candidates should send a CV and cover letter, briefly outlining their motivations for pursuing PhD research and interests in one of the projects, to Assoc/Prof Thomas Wernberg.

Contacts: Assoc/Prof Thomas Wernberg and Fred Gurgel (The University of Adelaide).

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