Can kelp forests adapt and mitigate climate stressors?

Assessing the role of natural kelp forests in climate change adaptation and mitigation in Tasmania

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

22 November 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

Scholarship

$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Kelps are the dominant species on Australia’s Great Southern Reef. With the growing threats from climate change, it’s important to assess the environmental resilience of kelp forests to increasing storminess; their ability to improve the health, society, and wellbeing of coastal communities by protecting against coastal erosion and ocean acidification; and the importance of these ecosystem services to local communities.

This project will use a transdisciplinary approach and novel sensor technologies to test the ability of kelp forests to adapt and mitigate climate stressors. The results will provide new insights into the role of natural kelp forests in coastal management.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Beth Strain

Funding

The scholarship supporting this project 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 fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australia 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 PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Quantitative marine ecology
  • Engineering
  • Social science

Selection Criteria

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

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship (if applicable):

  • Scientific diving qualification preferred.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Beth Strain, 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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