Understanding drivers of global reef change

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This is an exciting opportunity for a field-based PhD project focussed on climate change and fishing impacts on rocky and coral reefs around the world. It will require learning the identifications for thousands of reef species and undertaking surveys using Reef Life Survey (www.reeflifesurvey.com) methods in a diverse range of reefs from high latitude rocky reefs to tropical coral reefs.

Given the opportunity to analyse a large dataset of change in reef communities globally over a 10 year period, the project will also require some advanced data handling and statistical skills. Contribution to project design is expected, but fieldwork plans must necessarily be aligned with a larger project to survey previously surveyed reefs.

  • SCUBA diving experience and qualifications sufficient for registration on the UTAS dive register
  • Reef species identification capacity (ability to learn fish and invertebrate species identifications rapidly – good visual memory required)
  • Proficient with statistical analyses in R, including multivariate community analyses
  • Mapping skills (either GIS or R)
  • Familiarity with general ecological and marine climate change literature
  • Evidence of publication of research in peer-reviewed literature
  • Familiarity with general ecological and marine climate change literature
  • Ability to work remotely, sometimes in difficult conditions and basic living arrangements

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

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.

More Information

Please contact, Rick Stuart-Smith for further information.