Graduate Research Position (PhD or MPhil)

The Forest Biodiversity and Community Dynamics Research team in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne is looking for a graduate research student to undertake a PhD or MPhil project focussed on predicting foraging resource variability over time and space for the endangered south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne). The project will involve a large modelling component and will require the successful student to spend significant time working with spatial and time-series data and predictive modelling software. The project will also involve a large fieldwork component. This research will be critical for understanding the impact of climate variability and change on this iconic species but also for helping managers implement climate-smart conservation planning.

The successful student will be working with a collaborative team of researchers and forest managers from the University of Melbourne, Arthur Rylah Institute and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The project has a 3.5 year fully funded scholarship and funding for field expenses and operating. We are looking to fill the position for this is exciting project immediately.

If interested, please contact me by email ( and provide your CV and most recent academic transcript.

Kind regards,

A/ Prof. Craig Nitschke

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School of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia