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Title
Resilience of underwater marine forests
Description
A PhD project is available to undertake research to determine if population connectivity and thermal stress limits the ecological performance and capacity for biological adaptation of seaweed forests to environmental change and climate variability (e.g., marine heatwaves). The project can develop along  (or across) three lines: 1) Population genetics of seaweeds, and the use novel genetic markers (SNPs) to characterise patterns of genetic diversity and structure in Australian seaweed forests. 2) Seaweed adaptation to environmental stress, and the use of unique breeding experiments to test adaptive responses of Australian seaweed forests to increasing temperatures and marine heatwaves. 3) Ecology and ecophysiology of seaweed forests, and combining laboratory and field experiments to test the performance of seaweed forests under different environmental conditions. This research is undertaken in collaboration with Dr Melinda Coleman (NSW DPI). 
Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value
$30000
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement
Eligibility
  • Must be present in Perth to take up scholarship at the commencement date
We reserve the right not to make an appointment if no candidate meets our criteria
Nationality
Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, International
Study area
Marine Sciences
Commencement date
01/02/2021
Applications open
01/09/2020
Applications close
30/10/2020
Tenable At
UWA Only
Currently available
Yes
Application status
Closed