An exciting opportunity exists to conduct PhD study at Massey University extending an existing model to incorporate greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen excretion. The project is centred on utilising an existing bio-economic model that has been used to help agri-business professionals and farmers make informed decisions about management changes to their sheep and beef farm system, and assess the impact of these changes on production, economic, and GHG measures. It is envisaged that the extended model will also be used to inform future research activities by providing likely scenarios for further research or analysis. The PhD project will extend the current model and use it to analyse potential scenarios and associated sensitivities across a range of land classes applicable to sheep and beef production systems in New Zealand. The successful candidate will ideally understand sheep and beef farming systems in New Zealand, and have good communication, computing, and mathematical skills.
A PhD stipend of $28K and $9K towards PhD fees per annum is supplied for three years. The successful candidate will be located at Massey University’s Palmerston North.
It is expected that the PhD will begin in mid-2022