Movement of elasmobranchs at Ningaloo Reef

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This project will support research into aspects of the movement ecology of sharks along Ningaloo Reef. Focal research areas can include investigating the movement and habitat use of shark species at Ningaloo using a combination of acoustic and satellite telemetry. The student will have access to an existing dataset collected by CSIRO. This dataset includes acoustic detections of four species of Carcharhinid sharks within the Ningaloo Marine Park as well satellite telemetry data from 40 whale sharks tagged with satellite tags.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Jayson Semmens


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 quantitative statistical skills and an ability to work with large datasets
  • Programming and analysis of data (e.g., languages include R/C++/Python )
  • Analysis of spatial data using either R or GIS
  • Experience in the field working on boats and in the water

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Coxswains certificate
  • Scuba qualifications

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, Prof Jayson Semmens, 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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