Future of Seafood

Future of sustainable seafood in Australia

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

The oceans are facing unprecedented change. Climate change, infrastructure development and human dependence on ocean resources are all accelerating. The challenge for ocean managers is to anticipate this change. However, we can no longer simply extrapolate historical data to predict the future. In this project you will work on innovative modelling of ocean ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture to develop new quantitative methods for predicting unprecedented futures. In this PhD you will learn a range of quantitative tools that may include GIS, ecosystem modelling and statistical analysis. There will also be a strong emphasis on engagement with policy makers in industry, government or non-governmental organisations. Key outcomes will be development of tools to provide predictions that can inform fishery and marine ecosystem management.

The project is supported by the Quantitative Marine Science Program and the successful candidate will receive a $5000 per annum scholarship top-up.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Christopher Brown


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 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)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Additional funding

If successful, applicants will also receive a top-up scholarship of $5,000 per annum for 3.5 years. This scholarship is funded from the Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) Program.

If successful, international applicants will also receive single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC), funded by the QMS Program.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • Enthusiasm to learn new quantitative methods
  • Knowledge of fisheries and/or marine ecosystems
  • Demonstrate ability at scientific writing

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in quantitative ecology (e.g. using R for plotting and data analysis)

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Christopher Brown to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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