PhD scholarship available in metacommunity ecology and biodiversity science (pdf) 

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


PhD position available in braided river terrestrial invertebrates (pdf)

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.