Spatio-temporal dynamics of beetles, spiders and weta in response to bottom-up and top-down controls
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. Some of the forests are subject to periodic control of introduced mammals and all southern beech (Nothofagus) forests experience irregular masting which can stimulate boom and bust cycles in rodents.
Candidates should expect a mixture of field work, traditional morphological identification of invertebrate specimens and ecological modelling - experience in one or more of these areas is an advantage.
The successful candidate will join a thriving community of ecologists and other researchers who are part of Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.
The project has external funding for operational expenses (transport to field sites and accommodation) but the successful candidate will be expected to obtain a Victoria University of Wellington doctoral scholarship for day-to-day living. Application details found here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/student-finance/scholarships/find-scholarship/scholarship-detail?detailCode=100008
Success in applying for these scholarships typically requires a GPA of 8+ (out of 9) or a prior publication.