Managing future risks: scenario analysis of invaders

Closing Date

30th 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

This project will tackle the strategic management of environmental risks such as invasive plants with a particular focus of invasive plants in the Kimberley region. The project will aim to identify optimal management strategies for management of weeds that increase management costs and pose risks to biodiversity and traditional use. To tackle this challenge we will undertake a Rapid Prototyping exercise (Blomquist 2010) to identify focal weeds that pose the greatest combined challenge for multiple species and objectives (including management cost, biodiversity risks and traditional values), and where the greatest long term benefits could be achieved (e.g. through eradication) across the region.

This project is in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (main co-supervisor Megan Barnes).  We will collaboratively formulate management alternatives with Kimberley staff, local managers from other agencies and other stakeholders, to inform a scenario analysis approach underpinned by an existing general spread risk model (Adams 2015, Adams 2016) parameterised with Kimberley and invasive species experts to inform identification of optimal management strategies and key risks.

Eligibility
  • Quantitative modelling and statistical skills
  • Spatial analysis skills and familiarity with ArcGIS
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Java are favourably weighted

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, Vanessa Adams for further information.