MSc Scholarship - Predator Impacts on Robust Grasshopper

18 January 2018

Applications are sought from students to undertake a masters research project supervised at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury in association with Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury.

  • Robust Grasshopper

    Brachaspis robustus (Robust Grasshopper)

Brachaspis robustus is a nationally endangered grasshopper found only on stony riverbeds in the MacKenzie basin, New Zealand. They are highly cryptic and have small, patchy populations that will continue to decline without management.  Mammalian predation is the most likely cause of decline. Our previous research has shown translocation into a predator reduced site has good potential as a tool to manage the recovery of this species. We are seeking a keen, competent and enthusiastic student to undertake masters research at Canterbury University, working in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury, to assess translocation outcomes and test the benefits of predator control for grasshopper population survival. 

The MSc Grasshopper Project Scholarship will fund domestic tuition fees for up to two years and the project is ideal for a student with a passion for ecology and conservation of native species, wildlife management or insect ecology and behaviour. The preferred start date is February 2018 but it is possible to commence in June/July 2018. 

For in depth information on the project and details on application, contact Dr Tara Murray.

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