Restoring farmland for eastern barred bandicoot recovery in Tasmania

Closing Date

12th June 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

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) was previously widely distributed across northern and eastern Tasmania. It has progressively disappeared from the Tasmanian Midlands over the last 30 years and small populations in the north and northeast are under threat. Bandicoots forage in open grasslands, which puts them at higher risk of predation by feral cats. Key threats are thought to be a combination of high cat densities and destruction of structurally complex ground cover, in combination with a warming and drying climate. These threats coalesce in the most productive parts of the landscape, where soil moisture and structure provide the best conditions for both bandicoots and agriculture. The project will use wildlife cameras, trapping and movement tracking techniques to study eastern barred bandicoots in northern Tasmania to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the species abundance across the West Tamar and northern part of the Northern Midlands (Longford, Carrick, Perth etc)?
  2. How do bandicoots use the landscape? Where do they forage and take refuge and how far from cover do they move? This information will show what elements of habitat bandicoots need to persist and flourish in these landscapes.
  3. Can changes in abundance be measured in response to restoration interventions (revegetation or stock exclusion)?
  4. Is toxoplasmosis a significant threat to bandicoot populations?

Project results will provide knowledge and recommendations for habitat restoration and recovery of eastern barred bandicoots in Tasmania. This knowledge will be grounded in an understanding of the ecological interactions between bandicoots, their habitat and predators, the processes which influence their abundance and persistence in the landscape.

Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant, substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Applicants must hold a current driver's licence

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Ecology, Conservation Biology, Zoology

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, Menna Jones for further information.