The emerging imperative in Australia and globally for restoring ecosystems requires smart investment of limited funds available for conservation and natural resource management. This PhD project is part of a broader ARC Linkage project that involves researchers with expertise in applied conservation and restoration ecology and restoration managers and practitioners at the City of Gold Coast.
The overarching goal of the project is to explore the trade-off between minimising risk and maximising the return on investment in the context of restoration. The successful candidate will assess the relationships between vegetation recovery and time, for different types of restoration actions. The project will likely involve both field research and elicitation of information from experts.
The successful applicant will work jointly with scientists at The University of Queensland, Griffith University and City of Gold Coast. The supervisory team will include: Dr. Kerrie Wilson (UQ), Dr. Luke Shoo (UQ), and Professor Carla Catterall (Griffith University).
Prospective applicants should also apply for an APA scholarship (due internally at UQ on the 17th of October 2014 for domestic applicants and the 19th of September 2014 for international applicants). Generous research operating funds are available. Interested students should provide a professional CV and a short letter of interest to Dr. Kerrie Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org).