Conservation of Tasmanian eagles

Degree type


Closing date

6 March 2023



Citizenship requirement



$28,854pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The Tasmanian subspecies of the wedge-tailed eagle (TWTE) is listed as Endangered because of small population size and known threats. Conservation of the TWTE is hampered by uncertainty in estimation of population size as a basis for monitoring. This project will develop a rigorous approach to estimation and monitoring of the size of the TWTE population. An existing citizen science program coordinates Tasmania-wide counts of TWTEs, but conversion of raw counts to population estimates is limited by lack of information on detection probabilities and effective survey areas. The PhD project will use data from high-resolution GPS tracking of individual eagles in conjunction with trial counts to quantify detection functions and use these to extend a recent tool in population estimation (the trapping point transect approach). This information will then be applied to citizen-science data to interpret population size and trends, and in modelling of population viability. The project will support the conservation of the TWTE by building capacity for population analysis and monitoring of TWTEs.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Christopher Johnson


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend funded by ARC of $28,854 per annum (2022 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)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


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:

  • Qualifications at the appropriate level in quantitative ecology and conservation science

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in ecological study and monitoring of vertebrate wildlife

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Christopher Johnson to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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