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  Insect movement and migration behaviour and implications for ecosystem function

   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Myles Menz  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Insects play many critical roles in global ecosystems. However, there is still relatively little known about their movement and migration behaviour and how this may influence a species’ ability to respond to landscape change. The project will focus on one or a combination of themes centred around insect movement ecology, species-habitat relationships, and the impact of insects in ecosystems, particularly as pollinators or agricultural pests.

Possible study areas include:

  1. Experimental investigation of insect movement or migration behaviour in the field or in the laboratory.
  2. The response of insect communities to environmental change.
  3. Promoting pollinators or natural enemies in human modified landscapes, particularly agricultural or urban environments.
  4. Plant-pollinator interactions in the context of rare plant conservation.

Applications are open for non-Australian applicants both in Australia and overseas, and Australian domestic students.

To be a successful applicant you would ideally have experience in ecology, animal behaviour, global change biology or remote sensing. Skills in statistical analysis would be beneficial. You would either have, or be likely, to get a first-class Honours or Master’s degree at an institution of high repute. The degree must have included a research project that represents a significant contribution to the final mark.

If you are interested, please email me with a CV and GPA (and publications), and I will let you know whether I think your skill set and academic record would place you well against the competition. Published papers in reputable journals are valuable evidence of research ability, and are basically a prerequisite for receiving a scholarship in Australia.

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