Capturing connectivity in marine management

Marine spatial planning and fisheries management under explicit consideration of larval dispersal by ocean currents

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The project seeks to support the advancement of science needed for marine spatial planning approaches that are increasingly aimed at supplementing small-scale fisheries productivity under explicit consideration of the dispersal of fish eggs and larvae by ocean currents. The research will also be aligned with national research programs co-led by IMAS, aiming to improve fishery stock assessments under data-poor conditions. By closely collaborating with partners at NGOs, universities and government departments, the successful candidate will have exciting opportunities to build an international network and contribute to real-world conservation and fisheries management decision making.


  1. Quantifying variability and uncertainty associated with simulated patterns of larval dispersal
  2. Contrasting larval dispersal data available from biophysical simulations to those available from the first long-term empirical measurements for Coral Trout
  3. Advancing guidelines and quantitative methods to incorporate larval dispersal data into marine spatial planning and fisheries management

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Nils Krueck


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:

  • Demonstrated skills or strong interest in complex quantitative and spatial data analysis
  • Strong interest in marine science, conservation planning and fisheries management
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) and a keen interest in scientific publications
  • Willingness to learn programming languages (Matlab and R)
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently
  • Willingness to travel internationally and co-lead training workshops at partner institutions (as COVID-19 travel restrictions permit)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • First-authored scientific publications
  • Demonstrated experience in complex quantitative data analysis and simulation modelling in Matlab or R
  • Demonstrated experience in spatial data analysis using R, Matlab, ArcGIS or QGIS
  • Background (BSc, MSc or Hons) in marine science, conservation planning or fisheries management
  • Willingness to travel internationally and take part in marine field work activities in remote locations (as COVID-19 travel restrictions permit)

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, Dr Nils Krueck, 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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