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Climate change adaptation in an invasive plant

   School of Biological Sciences

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  Dr Kathryn Hodgins  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Dr. Kay Hodgins (Monash University, and Dr. Mike Martin (NTNU) are currently seeking an outstanding PhD candidate interested in studying plant ecological genomics.

This project investigates the repeatability and thereby the predictability of adaptation to climate change by leveraging 1000 genomes sampled over 150 years and multiple climatic gradients in the rapidly adapting, globally invasive and highly allergenic ragweed. We expect to deepen our understanding of the genetic basis of adaptation and decipher the circumstances under which adaptive genetic change is repeatable, by integrating a novel evolutionary model with genomic data. We will develop the capacity to predict species’ distributions and trait evolution under climate change using a powerful empirical dataset. This will provide us with the capacity to anticipate and manage the effects of climate change on noxious and threatened species.

The project can commence any time during 2022 and will be developed in collaboration with the student. Teaching is not required for the duration of the PhD (3.5 years in Australia).

The PhD stipend is fully-funded for 3 years with the possibility of 6 months extension, and is open to Australian/NZ domestic and international students. The stipend includes all tuition fees, ~$29,000 AUD per annum tax-free, and the cost of compulsory health cover for overseas students. A one-off relocation award is also available to students coming from interstate ($1,000AUD) or overseas ($1,500AUD).

Melbourne is diverse and thriving city with a desirable climate. It is one of the most livable cities in the world and is a cultural and recreational hub.

Monash University is a members of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top Australian universities recognized for their excellence in teaching and research.

 All applicants must have the equivalent of at least six months fulltime independent research experience (e.g., a research based honours or masters) and excellent grades. A publication in an international journal is an asset. Bioinformatics, statistical or computational skills are also an asset.

Please send your CV, a transcript, a brief statement of your research interests and the contact details of two referees to [Email Address Removed]. The application deadline is August 15 2021, but late applications will be considered for later entry rounds.

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