30th October 2020*
Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.
*unless filled earlier
This project will characterize the physiological response, impacts and tolerance levels to environmental factors associated with live transport and investigate novel transport processes for the optimum delivery live lobster seed to grow-out industries around Australia and the globe. Initial research will focus on characterizing metabolic demands (oxygen) and excretory production (ammonia and CO2) of tropical and slipper lobster post-larvae (puerulus and nisto, respectively) and early juveniles.
The project will investigate the impacts and tolerance levels of environmental stressors associated with live transport (temperature and water quality deterioration) and examine novel processes minimize stress and optimize transport performance. Novel processes will include the use of water quality buffering/conditioning systems, anaesthetics and innovative moist and dry transport systems. The Ph.D. will employ a range of techniques including metabolic physiology (respiratory metabolism, heart rate, excretory metabolism), health and stress assessments (biochemistry, microbiology, histology, immunology) and explore practical tools and systems for effective and efficient transport of live lobsters.
See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
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.
Please contact, Quinn Fitzgibbon for further information.