Geoconservation significance of alpine dunes, central Tasmania

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Sand dunes are common coastal landforms, however inland dunes occur in Tasmania, where within the alpine World Heritage area contribute to the distinctive landscape. Understanding is restricted to description with some chronology associated with past climates. This inductive research investigates alpine dune geomorphology, sedimentology and morphology to assess their geoconservation significance – understanding the ways in which alpine dune formation conforms to or varies from coastal dune formation. The research will allow development of skills in landform surveying, spatial change analysis, and techniques in sediment analysis. Research will focus on the World Heritage area, investigating spatial and topographic trends, and recent changes analysed to identify mobility and threats. Sedimentology will be analysed to investigate sources and weathering trends. Values will be analysed to contribute to geoconservation priorities. Results will contribute to global understanding of inland aeolian alpine dunes and geoconservation significance.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Joanna Ellison


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Undergraduate degree and Honours/Masters in physical geography
  • Surveying and GIS capability
  • Evidence of ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, high level of proficiency in English
  • Ability to undertake field work in remote locations

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Joanna Ellison, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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