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Trophic cascades resulting from the re-introduction of island birds

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

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. However, recent translocations have restored bird communities in a small number of nature reserves on New Zealand’s two main islands. This project aims to better understand how food web dynamics change as a result of avian reintroductions. In particular, it seeks a better understanding of ‘trophic cascades’, which occur when plant communities benefit indirectly from bird predators that consume insect herbivores.

Funding Notes

The project requires a successful application to the Victoria University of Wellington PhD scholarship fund (View Website), or funding from another source. All research-related costs are covered by the supervisor. There are three application deadlines per annum (1 March, 1 July and 1 November).

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