PhD Project: Insect pest impacts on dryland eucalypts

21 March 2017

We are offering a scholarship for postgraduate research at the University of Canterbury to support the DFI research programme by studying the impacts and management of eucalypt insect pests. The scholarship will cover university fees, stipend and research expenses for three years.

  • Insect Pest Impacts on Dryland Eucalypts.

The New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative is breeding eucalypt species that are adapted to New Zealand drylands. The vision is for New Zealand to develop a high-value, sustainable, hardwood industry based on ground-durable (timber not requiring chemical treatment) eucalypt forests. 

New insect pests, particularly paropsine beetles, have and are expected to continue to arrive in New Zealand from Australia, and pose the greatest biological threat to the long-term sustainability of this industry. We are offering a scholarship for postgraduate research at UC to support the DFI research programme by studying the impacts and management of such insect pests.

The research focus might include: 

  • Assessing links between pest resistance, tree genetics, foliar chemistry and micro-habitat
  • Understanding pest feeding preferences
  • Tracing incursion pathways of pests from Australia to New Zealand
  • Determining growth impacts and developing sustainable pest management approaches (IPM).

The scholarship will cover university fees, an annual stipend of $20,000, and research costs. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a GPA of 7.5 (A/A-) or higher and will begin their studies in July 2017. Earlier and later start dates will be considered.

For more information contact Dr Tara Murray (tara.murray@canterbury.ac.nz) at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

For information on enrolment at UC visit; http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/future-students/

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