Research Projects Available
PhD studentship University of Exeter
Fully-funded PhD studentship to study the physiology and behaviour of lumpfish. This project will specifically address how water chemistry (and elevated CO2 in particular) affects the production of lumpfish in aquaculture. Lumpfish are used for the biological control of sea lice for salmon farming.
Applications close 11/6/2018
Environmental Physiology at the University of Western Australia
- Regulation of insensible evaporative water loss in birds or mammals
This project investigates how and why the insensible water loss of birds and mammals is regulated rather than being passively determined by ambient temperature and humidity. You will evaluate whether this capacity is an adaptation to environmental aridity or a fundamental component of the thermoregulatory control system for a range of species, either parrots or dasyurid marsupials.
- Physiology and biophysics of gas exchange by awake and aestivating snails
This project investigates the oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapour exchange of pulmonate terrestrial snails during activity, rest and aestivation. The mantle and epiphragm of aestivating snails are critical barriers to gas exchange but the biophysics of diffusional exchange across these high resistance membrane surfaces is poorly understood, especially at the extremes of activity and metabolic depression.
- Metabolic physiology of dormant and resting seeds
Seeds are capable of extended metabolic depression, but there are few actual measurements of metabolic rate for resting or dormant seeds. This project investigates the metabolic rate of resting and dormant seeds, using both indirect calorimetry (oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production) and direct calorimetry (heat production).
- Regulation of insensible evaporative water loss in a bird or mammal
- Physiology and biophysics of gas exchange by aestivating snails
- Allometry of metabolic physiology for resting seeds by direct calorimetry
- Coevolution of wing loading, aspect ratio and foraging strategy for Western Australian bats
- Phylogenetically-informed analysis of contrasting body weight patterns in carnivorous and nectarivorous marsupials
Posted May 2018
PhD Scholarship available, Macquarie University, Sydney
Antibiotic resistant bacteria in Australian wildlife
Applications close 17th May 2018
This project will investigate the dissemination of antibiotic resistant bacteria to terrestrial wildlife species. The successful applicant will use molecular and microbiological methodologies to examine the epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban wildlife, specifically possums.
PhD opportunities at Macquarie University, Sydney, in Behavioural and Physiological Ecology
Two opportunities available 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 April 2018
Ecophysiology at Curtin University
- 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
- 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 April 2018
Opportunity for postgraduate students (Master Research or PhD) in animal physiological and evolutionary ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University
Metabolism, behaviour and environment-dependent fitness of small mammals
Dr Christopher Turbill and Dr Paul Rymer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University
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.
Interested applicants should send a CV, academic transcript and a brief summary of their research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be assessed as they are received.
Dr Christopher Turbill Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University +61 (0)2 4570 1456 email@example.com
Posted April 2018