PhD Position: Defending coasts against sea level rise using green infrastructure

Peter M.
Peter M.

Stipend value: $25,849 p.a. tax exempt for 3 years.

Title: Defending coasts against sea level rise using green infrastructure

Synopsis: Mangroves and saltmarshes are coastal plants that are well known for protecting human lives and property by buffering coastal areas against the impact of storm surges and other extreme weather events. Essentially, they provide a form of ‘green infrastructure’.

There is major global concern, however, that these plants may disappear with rising sea levels. This joint project between Deakin University, Melbourne Water, and The Nature Conservancy will investigate the capacity for Victorian mangroves and saltmarshes to keep pace with rising sea levels.

By combining state-of-the-art remote sensing, multi-proxy paleoecological techniques and analysis of surveyor records, this project will:

  1. Measure how mangrove/saltmarsh distribution and extent has changed around Melbourne over the past 175 years;
  2. Examine the relationship between sea levels, sedimentation/erosion rates and mangrove/saltmarsh communities;
  3. Determine how rising sea levels will affect mangrove/saltmarsh survival and the ecosystem services they provide;
  4. Investigate strategies to manage coastal areas to facilitate the long-term survival of mangrove/saltmarsh.

Overall this PhD project will provide an important advance in our understanding of nature-based strategies for responding to climate change.

Project location: Deakin University – Burwood Campus.

To apply: Email to Peter Macredie ( the following:

  1. A cover letter describing your career history, research aspirations, and experience working in the research area of this project;
  2. Your CV;
  3. A copy of your academic transcript;
  4. Contact details of 2-3 referees.

Preference will be given to candidates that have previously published or submitted their research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The position will remain open until filled.