Clarifying and Optimising the Environmental Benefits of IMTA

Closing Date

29th May 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Expansion of the salmon industry in Tasmania, and worldwide, will require employment of a range of production approaches. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), one such approach, seeks to balance the nutrient inputs from finfish farming with extractive aquaculture operations such as shellfish and seaweed farming.

This project will play a key role in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research team focused on sustainable aquaculture development, and ecosystem management, using an IMTA approach. The student will work with the broader research team to link site-specific biotic and abiotic data with existing and/or new ecosystem models to identify optimal seaweed farming sites in different regions, to map the broader regional environmental interactions of IMTA, and to consider trade-offs under various farming scenarios. A key outcome will be to determine any improvements in sustainability with the move to IMTA, and how this can be optimized in different regions.

Candidates from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
  • Biological Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications in biological science or aquaculture

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Assessment Criteria
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team
  • Quantitative/ modelling skills
  • Experience in applied science, working with industry or natural resource management
  • Publications in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Karen Alexander for further information.