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  Decision Automation for Orchards and Vineyards
  Prof A Werner
Applications accepted all year round

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Decision Automation for Orchards and Vineyards is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary project on sensing and understanding of high-value fruit canopies in commercial orchards or vineyards to learn and train AI-tools of manual activities from experienced staff with the intention to support decision making of staff and later robots.
  River catchment erosion and flood histories using geochemical fingerprinting of sediment archives
  Prof I.C. Fuller, Dr ST McColl
Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

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Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD available in the Geosciences Group at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, on the topic of.
  Organic electrosynthesis
  Dr J Sperry
Applications accepted all year round

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The field of chemical synthesis is under constant pressure to produce molecules in a timely, economical and sustainable fashion. In this project we will demonstrate that valuable heterocyclic molecules can be efficiently synthesized in an environmentally friendly manner by simply using electric current.
  CFD of atmospheric re-entry
  Dr J Cater, Dr N Rattenbury
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.
  Developing Nanosatellite Synthetic Aperture Radar
  Dr J Cater, Dr N Rattenbury
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland.
  Investigating the environmental factors historic marine heat waves
  Dr M Bowen
Application Deadline: 1 October 2019

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The project will identify historic marine heat waves from a large archive of high-resolution satellite sea surface temperature data and investigate the environmental factors causing them.The student will be based at the University of Auckland and working with a team from MetOcean, NIWA, and University of Otago.
  Understanding the rates and processes responsible for the movement of plastic through an estuary and potential accumulation
  Dr M Bowen, Assoc Prof G Coco
Application Deadline: 1 July 2019

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The project will involve designing and implementing particle-tracking scenarios for different particle behaviour and estuarine settings to understand the rates and processes responsible for the movement of plastic through an estuary and potential accumulation.
  High-resolution Imaging of Near-Earth Objects and Space Debris: Real-Time Atmospheric Tomographic Signal Processing
  Dr SJ Waddell, Dr R Clare
Applications accepted all year round

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The research project is concerned with development and implementation of signal and image processing algorithms for predicting a distortion function when viewing an artificial satellite or large space debris objects thorough atmospheric turbulence and with the aid of a 60 cm to 100 cm optical telescope.
  Conservation management of threatened New Zealand insects
  Dr T Murray
Applications accepted all year round

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New Zealand has a global reputation for being at the forefront of threatened species conservation.
  Dryland eucalypts as a floral resource for exotic & native bees in New Zealand
  Dr T Murray
Applications accepted all year round

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Although once forested, the dry lowland regions of eastern New Zealand are now largely devoid of native woody vegetation and dominated by anthropogenic land-use.
  Host preferences & biocontrol of variegated tortoise beetle in New Zealand eucalypt forestry
  Dr T Murray
Applications accepted all year round

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New Zealand has an expanding eucalypt forestry industry with a focus on sustainable production of naturally durable timber that does not require chemical treatment for in-ground use.
  Modelling wave-induced sea ice breakup on small and large scales
  Dr F Montiel
Applications accepted all year round

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Sea ice is a key component of the climate system, which is experiencing significant changes as a consequence of global warming. The rapidly decreasing sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean means solar radiations are increasingly being absorbed into the ocean, causing further melting and weakening of the sea ice cover.
  How does restoration alter plant traits, ecosystem multifunctionality and service provisioning in wetlands?
  Dr J Deslippe, Dr S Tomscha
Applications accepted all year round

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Wetland restoration projects provide opportunities to regain the ecosystem services that have been lost or degraded through land conversions.
  Spatio-temporal dynamics of beetles, spiders and weta in response to bottom-up and top-down controls
  Dr S Hartley
Application Deadline: 1 July 2019

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This project will build on six-years’ of previous work to identify the biotic and abiotic drivers behind the spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of invertebrate communities in forests of the lower North Island of New Zealand.
  The interactive effects of climate change and plant species invasion on plant and microbial trait diversity
  Dr J Deslippe
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project addresses the interactive effects of climate change and plant species invasion on plant and microbial trait diversity and ecosystem processes along elevational gradients in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, with a particular emphasis on mycorrhizas and plant root traits.
  Climate change impacts on New Zealand Fiordland ecosystems
  Dr A Rogers, Dr J Bell
Application Deadline: 30 May 2019

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Global climate change has the potential to increase water temperatures by as much as 2.5C over the next century in some locations, with impacts on species distribution patterns, nutrient levels and primary production.
  Novel trophic pathways through coral reef sponges
  Dr J Bell
Application Deadline: 1 June 2019

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Sponges are important functional components of coral reefs that are involved in a number of different trophic pathways.
  Trophic cascades resulting from the re-introduction of island birds
  Dr K C Burns
Applications accepted all year round

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Approximately half of the avifauna of New Zealand has been driven to extinction following the arrival of humans. Most of what remains is restricted to predator-free offshore islands.
  Next-Generation Small Molecule Acceptors for use in Organic Solar Cells
  Dr P Hume, Dr J Hodgkiss
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to develop new acceptor materials for organic photovoltaics (OPVs) in order to evaluate non-traditional design principles.
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