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PhD Scholarship - Coastal wetlands under rising sea levels

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Project Description

An outstanding industry based PhD scholarship is now available in Deakin University's School of Life & Environmental Sciences. The project will be completed in partnership with Melbourne Water and The Nature Conservancy.

The successful applicant will be based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. The project will commence from 1 February 2016.

Aim of the Project
Mangroves and saltmarshes are coastal plants that are well known for protecting human lives and property by buffering coastal areas against the impact of storm surges and other extreme weather events. Essentially, they provide a form of ‘green infrastructure’. However, there is major global concern that these plants may disappear with rising sea levels. This joint project between Deakin University, Melbourne Water, and The Nature Conservancy will investigate the capacity for Victorian mangroves and saltmarshes to keep pace with rising sea levels, and will investigate optimal management strategies for ensuring the persistence of mangroves, saltmarshes and other important coastal vegetation under future climate change scenarios.

Objectives of the Project
By combining state-of-the-art remote sensing, multi-proxy paleoecological techniques and analysis of surveyor records, this project will:
• Measure how mangrove/saltmarsh distribution and extent has changed around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay over the past 175 years;
• Examine the relationship between sea levels, sedimentation/erosion rates and mangrove/saltmarsh communities;
• Determine how rising sea levels will affect mangrove/saltmarsh survival and the ecosystem services they provide; and
• Investigate strategies to manage coastal areas to facilitate the long-term survival of mangrove/saltmarsh.

Overall, this PhD project will provide an important advance in our understanding of nature-based strategies for responding to climate change.

Application period/Closing date
5pm, 30 January 2016 or until a suitable applicant is identified, whichever is sooner.

Eligibility criteria
• Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a related field.
• Experience in required in ecology, geology, geochemistry or spatial analysis/modelling, particularly in relation to coastal environments (e.g. seagrass, saltmarsh, and mangrove ecosystems)
• Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and international applicants.

How to apply
Please refer to the application webpage for further information:

Further information
If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Dr Peter Macreadie via email (peter.macreadie@deakin.edu.au) or phone +61 3 924 43749.

Funding Notes

Value and benefits
A stipend of $26,288AUD per annum, tax exempt for 3 years.

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