PhD Scholarship - Modelling Stem Properties for Eucalypts

22 September 2017

The University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD research project. The research topic involves modelling taper and volume, as well as biomass estimation. The project is supported by the New Zealand Dryland Forestry Initiative, which aims to increase the establishment of naturally durable eucalypts in dryland areas of New Zealand.

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The candidate will develop compatible taper and volume equations to represent not just stem volume, but also the volume of durable heartwood within stems. The taper and volume equations are likely to vary with genotype, site factors and silvicultural treatments, and so identifying these influences is an important part of the project.

Taper and volume equation data will be obtained from destructively harvested trees, and a subset of the trees will be used to develop and understanding of the relationships between tree component biomasses, stem measurements, genotype, site and silviculture. This will allow us to understand more about both the physiology, growth and yield of eucalypts.

 Ideal candidate

Candidates should have a strong background in forestry, statistics, mathematics, silviculture and tree physiology. The candidate will hold either a four-year bachelor degree with first class honours or a Masters degree, awarded within the last five years. The candidate’s previous degree should be in forestry or a related field. Good written and spoken communication skills are essential. Demonstrated evidence of publishing is highly desirable. Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence and be willing to undertake field work.


The successful candidate will a scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition as well as a stipend to contribute to their living costs. Current PhD tuition fees are approximately $8,000 and the cost-of-living stipend is $25,000. The scholarship is available for three years. The total value of the scholarship for the successful candidate is $99,000 New Zealand dollars. 


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and a copy of their academic transcript(s) no later than 15 November 2017. Applications should be emailed to A short list of candidates will be interviewed by Skype and the successful applicant will be notified by 1 February 2018. The successful applicant should expect to begin their PhD studies no later than 1 July 2018.

Professor Euan Mason 


Dr Justin Morgenroth



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