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 PhD opportunities at Macquarie University, Sydney, in Behavioural and Physiological Ecology

Two opportunities available for a start from mid to late 2017 for projects supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Programme:

  • Adapting to a foreign climate: the reproductive ecology of the house sparrow in Australia
  • The challenge of growing in a hot climate (zebra finch)

To apply contact Prof. Simon Griffith, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

Posted July 2017

 

Ecophysiology at Curtin University

PhD projects:

  • Control of evaporative water loss by dasyurid marsupials and Australian parrots: purpose, patterns and mechanisms
  • Physiology and behaviour of red-tailed phascogales in modified environments
  • Physiology and behaviour of short-beaked echidnas
  • Zebra finch ecophysiology; the challenge of growing in a hot climate

Honours Projects:

  • Control of evaporative water loss by dasyurid marsupials and Australian parrots
  • Physiological and behavioural consequences of autotomy

For more information contact Dr Christine Cooper

Posted July 2016

 

Opportunity for postgraduate students (Master Research or PhD) in animal physiological and evolutionary ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Project:

Metabolism, behaviour and environment-dependent fitness of small mammals

Research Leaders:

Dr Christopher Turbill and Dr Paul Rymer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Project Description:

We seek outstanding research students to join our group and lead projects that make use our ongoing artificial selection project, well-equipped physiology and genetics laboratories and outdoor experimental facilities to determine the ecological function and evolutionary drivers of variation in the resting metabolic rate of small mammals. More information.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a CV, academic transcript and a brief summary of their research interests to c.turbill@westernsydney.edu.au Applications will be assessed as they are received. If invited, submission of an Expression of Interest for Higher Degree Scholarships at Western Sydney University close on the 9th October 2016.

Contact:

Dr Christopher Turbill Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University +61 (0)2 4570 1456   c.turbill@westernsydney.edu.au

Posted July 2016

 

Opportunity for postgraduate students in genomics and evolutionary biology at the University of Sydney

Project:

In this project we will use genetic, morphological, and physiological techniques to characterise the fundamental biology of pregnancy in tractable model vertebrates and to trace the evolution of live birth.

Opportunity:

The Evolutionary and Integrative Zoology Lab at the University of Sydney offers a unique opportunity for outstanding and highly motivated students to enrol in a PhD research project focusing on the fundamental biology and evolution of pregnancy in vertebrates including mammals, reptiles and sharks. The project will be supervised by Dr Camilla Whittington and Prof Mike Thompson, and will be co-supervised with Dr James Van Dyke (Western Sydney University).

Please visit our web site for information about our group and our research interests.

To apply:

Please email Dr Camilla Whittington  for more information, or apply directly by emailing a single PDF containing (1) a brief summary statement of research interests, (2) a CV, (3) academic transcript and (4) contact information for two referees as soon as possible. Please indicate “Evolution of Pregnancy PhD” in your subject line.

Applications will be assessed as they are received. Students with a high level of relevant qualifications, research experience and enthusiasm will be invited to apply for a competitive Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award Scholarship (domestic students); applications are open until 9am AEST, 17 October 2016). Students may also be eligible to apply for top-up scholarships from the University of Sydney.

Posted September 2016

 

Opportunity for PhD research in Ecophysiology in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.

Several PhD projects are available working on ARC-funded studies in the ECO-Laboratory with Professor Craig Franklin.

Projects:

Physiological tolerance of naturally acidic waters by Australian frogs

Fish movement physiology and ecological restoration

To apply:

Applicants must be eligible to enrol in a PhD with the University of Queensland.

Posted December 2016