About the Project
We are interested to hear from applicants who would like to work with us on this important challenge in conservation science. Potential topics include: investigating the importance of non-English-language scientific knowledge in biodiversity conservation and ecological evidence syntheses, understanding language barriers to the use of scientific knowledge in conservation decision making, and devising solutions to overcoming language barriers in science.
The University of Queensland, Australia, is home to the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (CBCS: https://cbcs.centre.uq.edu.au/), a world-leading hub of biodiversity conservation science. The PhD candidate will be based at the School of Biological Sciences and also belong to the CBCS. The Amano group is still new and small, but the PhD candidate will have plenty of academic opportunities at e.g., weekly seminars hosted by the CBCS, joint lab seminars with the Richard Fuller lab, and a number of other occasions at the School and beyond.
Applicants must meet the specific eligibility requirements for entrance to a PhD program at the University of Queensland. Please refer to the university website (https://future-students.uq.edu.au/admissions/higher-degree-research) for more details. Demonstration of excellent capacity and potential for research (e.g., peer-reviewed papers) is desirable. Being fluent in one or more major languages other than English (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese) is an advantage, but not essential. Computational background is another advantage.
Konno et al. (2020) Ignoring non‐English‐language studies may bias ecological meta‐analyses. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6368
Amano et al. (2016) Languages are still a major barrier to global science. PLOS Biology 14: e2000933. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2000933
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