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Biodiversity Node

PhD Scholarships for domestic candidates only.

Climate Futures at Macquarie University is offering THREE PhD scholarships for research in climate change adaptation research and biodiversity and THREE PhD scholarships in disaster resilience and community adaptation to climate change.

Climate Change Adaptation Biodiversity Research

Climate Futures has recently been awarded the Biodiversity node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub, though the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH). Successful students will be jointly supervised by Macquarie academics and OEH staff, and will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities under the auspices of the node.

We welcome applications from prospective candidates on all topics connected with biodiversity and climate change adaptation although preference may be given to applications related to the following themes:

THEME 1. Refugia and connectivity. Identification and protection of refugia, and improving landscape connectivity, are considered key strategies to increase the resilience of biodiversity in a rapidly changing climate. Research may be aimed at characterising refugia in NSW, identifying and describing current and future disturbance regimes in these landscapes, identifying appropriate locations for revegetation and restoration, and effective decision-making with regard to active management including translocation (#2013110).

THEME 2. Current variability and resilience to climate change. Understanding the ability of species, communities, ecosystems and landscapes to respond to climatic variability and extreme events will improve our capacity to prioritise management actions and ecosystem protection. Research could focus on describing and quantifying current adaptive capacity to disturbance by species and communities, especially those that have important impacts on current and future ecosystem function (#2013111).

THEME 3. Integrated decision-making. Understanding the social context of environmental decision-making within government, communities and other sectors is critical to improve conservation outcomes that have lasting value. Research might be addressed at quantifying trade-offs between biodiversity protection and other considerations, development of evaluation frameworks to set goals and monitor progress, and increasing community engagement (#2013112).

For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Lesley Hughes, email:, phone: +61 2 9850 8195


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