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Understanding the rates and processes responsible for the movement of plastic through an estuary and potential accumulation

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The project will involve designing and implementing particle-tracking scenarios for different particle behaviour and estuarine settings to understand the rates and processes responsible for the movement of plastic through an estuary and potential accumulation.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr Melissa Bowen and Associate Professor Giovanni Coco (UoA), and is part of a multi-institution project. The student will be expected to interact with other members of the wider team (including overseas collaborators) and contribute to programme workshops.


There will be opportunities for the candidate to submit and present their research at local and international conferences.


Applicants must have a research first-class Honours degree and/or a Masters degree in physics, applied maths, coastal engineering, oceanography, earth or environmental science or similar with an equivalent A- or higher. The successful candidate will have evidence that they are proficient in written and spoken English. A background in hydrodynamics is needed, with excellent mathematical and computation skills.


The three year PhD scholarship includes full waiver of PhD course fees, tax-free annual stipend matching the University of Auckland scholarships and research costs.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please email Dr Melissa Bowen with a full C.V. (including the contact details of at least one academic referee), English language proficiency documentation if needed and accompanying letter of application. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and discussion may begin immediately. We expect to review applications and appoint a candidate before July 1st 2019.

Start date:

The successful candidate should be available to start on or before, 1st October, 2019.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Melissa Bowen () or Assoc Prof Giovanni Coco ().

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