PhD scholarship - Vegetation modelling

Institution: 
University of New South Wales
Location: 
Sydney
Country: 
Australia
Apply By (date): 
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 23:45

Landscape dynamics of regenerating forests: Predicting climate change impacts on carbon-farming projects in Australian Rangelands

Carbon-farming projects that promote natural regeneration in degraded semi-arid landscapes drive changes in landscape condition at huge scales, offering an unparalleled opportunity to answer ecological questions that improve our stewardship of Australian ecosystems while delivering direct economic benefits.

Climate Friendly and partners collectively manage more than 4 million hectares of regenerating mulga forests. Intensive monitoring tracks regeneration on individual properties, but synthesising diverse  datasets across property, regional, and national scales has proven challenging. Studying regeneration at scale is needed to understand the interactions between climate and landscape condition, and how carbon stored in these landscapes is impacted.

Dr Falster (UNSW) has developed a platform for simulating forest ecology, from individuals to meta-populations—the ‘plant’ method. We seek a candidate to apply this framework to study mulga dynamics and answer questions regarding the long-term potential for carbon farming and associated economic risks induced by climate change, particularly changes in seasonal rainfall.

iPhD scholarships include a $40,000AUD annual stipend and $12,000AUD annual research funding.

Apply via the UNSW iPhD website by 3 April 2020.

Contact Andrew O'Reilly-Nugent (Email: andrew.oreilly-nugent@climatefriendly.com) or Daniel Falster (Email: daniel.falster@unsw.edu.au) for further information.