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24 May 2024

UC's Freshwater Ecology Research Group periodically has openings for students keen to do doctoral research in particular freshwater topics. Check out our current opportunities at FERG.

PhD scholarship available in metacommunity ecology and biodiversity science

We have an opening for a student to undertake doctoral research. Because this scholarship is not associated with a funded large project, you will be free to develop your own ideas, as long as they are related to the study of spatio-temporal dynamics of metacommunities. The main topics to be potentially explored include (this is negotiable):

  • the role of keystone communities in metacommunity dynamics;
  • how connectivity affects community recovery;
  • the effects of habitat loss vs. habitat deterioration on metacommunity dynamics;
  • contexts in which stochasticity decouples biodiversity responses from environmental variation. 

Apply before 26 September 2023

Information about the PhD scholarship in metacommunity ecology and biodiversity science

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PhD position available in braided river terrestrial invertebrates

We have an opening for a student to undertake doctoral research investigating the terrestrial invertebrate biodiversity of braided river floodplains. The PhD position is part of a programme of work designed to understand and manage the rich biodiversity of New Zealand’s braided rivers. The student will be based at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), will work with Prof Angus McIntosh (UC) and Dr Tara Murray of the Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai, and will benefit from being part of UC’s Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) and a team of freshwater and terrestrial researchers working on braided rivers.

Information about the PhD position in braided river terrestrial invertebrates

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