PhD top-up scholarship: How are reptiles affected by the interaction of invasive predators and bushfires?
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The PhD scholar will initiate and conduct research in reptile ecology with a focus on how reptile species and communities are affected by the interactions between invasive predators (foxes and feral cats) and fire. The project is part of an ARC-funded Linkage grant which, in collaboration with the Victorian Government and the University of Melbourne is investigating the effects of landscape scale fox control across replicated forest areas in south-western Victoria. Planned burns in these regions provide the opportunity to measure whether fox control affects reptile responses to fire. Another exciting aspect that this PhD project will be to discover whether predator impacts can be mitigated using constructed shelters in recently burnt environments.
This three-year top-up scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage project scheme in a project led by University of Melbourne. The project comes with additional funding to cover research costs and conference participation. The project includes a vibrant supervisory team, including Professor Don Driscoll, Dr Tim Doherty, and Dr Bron Hradsky.
The successful applicant for the top-up will need to apply for a full PhD scholarship in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment, Deakin University shortly after notification of the outcome.