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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

Coral Triangle Initiative

Coral Triangle Initiative

Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Stipend top-up funding opportunities for 2017 PhD scholarships 

Research: Modelling the conservation impact of management actions

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is seeking outstanding applicants to work with Professor Bob Pressey and Dr Michael Bode on modelling the conservation impact of management actions for species on islands and/or in marine ecosystems.

These PhD projects will be at the global forefront of applied research to predict where conservation investments will have most benefit, and to test the effectiveness of recommendations for conservation priorities. Specifically, the projects will focus on alternative management actions to exclude or control invasive species on islands, or to guide spatial management of marine ecosystems to mitigate threats to biodiversity.

To apply
Expressions of interest, including a CV, statement of research interest, and cover letter addressing suitability for the research, should be sent to Bob Pressey (bob.pressey@jcu.edu.au ) by 30 June 2016. Minimum requirements are a First Class Honours or research Masters degree, preferably with at least one publication, and strong quantitative skills.

Suitable applicants will be required to go through a formal application for PhD candidature at James Cook University and also successfully apply for an appropriate HDR Australian Government scholarship or James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, commencing in 2017. The top-ups, each of $6,000 per year stipend funds for the life of the base scholarship plus generous research project funding, will be made available for two successful applicants.

The scholarship cycle in Australia is on a calendar basis with closing dates for international applications at the end of August 2016 (Endeavour Scholarships 30 June 2016) and domestic applications at the end of October 2016, both with an expected starting date for successful applicants early in 2017. 


 

Postgraduate applications

The Centre of Excellence is seeking applications from exceptional students to enrol in PhD studies under the supervision of leading researchers at its four nodes around Australia (James Cook University, the Australian National University, the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia).

The scholarship cycle in Australia is on a calendar basis with closing dates for international applications at the end of August and domestic ones at the end of October; both with an expected starting date for successful applicants at the beginning of the following year. Suitable applicants will be required to go through a formal application at the relevant University and, if successful, will be awarded a scholarship and (at present) their tuition fees will be waived. Depending on the university and supervisor, there may be the possibility, in the case of outstanding applicants, for a top-up to their scholarship. To be competitive for a scholarship and fee waiver applicants must have a first class honours degree or Masters by research degree, preferably with a publication.

Many student applicants come with scholarships from another funding source such as granting agencies in their home country. We are happy to deal with these applications at any time of the year. Acceptance is dependent on the applicant meeting our academic criteria, has been accepted by a suitable supervisor and meets the language requirements.

The following leading researchers in the Centre have expressed an interest in recruiting new exceptional postgraduate students. Their email addresses and areas of interest for research projects are listed. If you are interested, please contact one of the following to discuss opportunities. Please also copy all correspondence to the Chief Operations Officer Jenny Lappin (Jennifer.Lappin@jcu.edu.au) who oversees the process.

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

Dr Sylvain Forêt
Email: sylvain.foret@anu.edu.au

A/Professor Bill Leggat
Email: bill.leggat@jcu.edu.au

Professor David Miller
Email: david.miller@jcu.edu.au

Conservation Planning

Dr Michael Bode
Email: bodem@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Graeme Cumming
Email: gscumming@gmail.com

Professor Bob Pressey
Email: bob.pressey@jcu.edu.au

Coral Reef Ecology

Professor Andrew Baird
Email: andrew.baird@jcu.edu.au

Professor David Bellwood
Email: david.bellwood@jcu.edu.au

I am interested in the evolution and ecology of reef fishes.

Dr Andrew Hoey
Email: andrew.hoey1@jcu.edu.au

Professor Peter Mumby
Email: p.j.mumby@uq.edu.au

Professor John Pandolfi
Email: j.pandolfi@uq.edu.au

Coral Reef Oceanography

Professor Ryan Lowe
Email: Ryan.Lowe@uwa.edu.au

My research focuses on how ocean dynamics shape coral reef systems, using a combination of field studies and numerical modelling. Students with quantitative backgrounds in oceanography, the geosciences, or related fields are especially encouraged to discuss research opportunities.

Ecological Modelling

Dr Michael Bode
Email: bodem@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Sean Connolly
Email: sean.connolly@jcu.edu.au

Professor Graeme Cumming
Email: gscumming@gmail.com

Professor Peter Mumby
Email: p.j.mumby@uq.edu.au

Environmental Governance

Associate Professor Tiffany Morrison
Email: tiffany.morrison@jcu.edu.au

Human Dimensions and Social-Ecological Systems

Professor Joshua Cinner
Email: Joshua.Cinner@jcu.edu.au

Professor Graeme Cumming
Email: gscumming@gmail.com

Marine Biology

Dr Mia Hoogenboom
Email: mia.hoogenboom@jcu.edu.au

Ocean Acidification and Climate Change

Professor Malcolm McCulloch
Email: malcolm.mcCulloch@uwa.edu.au

My research program focusses on the response of corals to climate change and ocean acidification. Students with a background in geochemistry and biochemistry are especially encouraged to discuss research opportunities.

Chris Cornwall
Email: christopher.cornwall@uwa.edu.au

Reef Fish Ecology and Climate Change

Dr Michael Bode
Email: bodem@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Geoff Jones
Email: geoffrey.jones@jcu.edu.au

Professor Mark McCormick
Email: mark.mccormick@jcu.edu.au

Professor Philip Munday
Email: philip.munday@jcu.edu.au

My research program currently focusses on the capacity of marine organisms, especially fishes, to acclimate and adapt to climate change and ocean acidification. Students with a background in evolutionary biology are especially encouraged to discuss research opportunities.

Dr Jodie Rummer
Email: jodie.rummer@jcu.edu.au

My research aims to understand the evolution and functional importance of physiological performance during stress and the impact that changes in water quality and habitat degradation have on marine fishes. Students with a strong background in comparative or ecological physiology and/or biochemistry are preferred. Specific research areas include:

Professor Garry Russ
Email: garry.russ@jcu.edu.au

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James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au