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Drivers and feedbacks of regime-shifts on temperate reefs
A PhD project is available to undertake research on the community ecology and population biology of organisms living in warm marginal temperate reef ecosystems, and the consequences of a severe marine heatwave that impacted the coast in 2011. During the 2011 heatwave, ocean temperatures reached an unprecedented 2 4 oC above the long term summer maximums along the WA coast. As a result, dramatic changes to reef ecosystems were observed with large declines in habitat forming temperate seaweeds and changes to fish and invertebrate communities, driven by an increased abundance and diversity of tropical species. This project will investigate the evidence of recovery of these marginal ecosystems since the heatwave and aim to understand the ecological processes that are either driving its recovery or reinforcing a transition away from a kelp dominated ecosystem state.
Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement
  • Must be present in Perth to take up scholarship at the commencement date
  • Experience with field-based research and scuba activities are required. Some time spent away on field trips and research visits must be anticipated 
We reserve the right not to make an appointment if no candidate meets our criteria
Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, International
Study area
Marine Sciences
Commencement date
Applications open
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Tenable At
UWA Only
Currently available
Application status