PhD Opportunity in Forest Carbon and Water Cycles
Are you interested in how forests work? In particular, how they use water to grow and store carbon, and how these processes might be impacted by climate change?
We have an opportunity for an outstanding PhD candidate within the Integrated Forest Research Program at the University of Melbourne. You will examine how measures of forest carbon and water cycles co-vary across environmental gradients, with the aim of improving the understanding of how forest carbon and water interactions might respond to drying landscapes under future climates. Your research will involve field-based assessments across environmental gradients, as well as the development of remotely-sensed carbon and water metrics (including from lidar data) to underpin landscape-scale models. You will gain experience in estimating forest carbon- and water-based ecosystem services, remote-sensing techniques, and ecohydrological modelling.
Your project will be based at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. We offer an experienced supervisory team, a collaborative research environment, field work support, project operating expenses, and computing resources.
To be successful, you will need to meet the requirements for receiving a postgraduate scholarship at the University of Melbourne. Information about applying for scholarships at the University of Melbourne can be found here: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/research/local/available.
We will offer monetary support to secure a full scholarship (up to $31,200 per year for up to 3.5 years), or to top-up a full scholarship (to provide an additional $10,000 per year for up to 3.5 years).
Applicants should send a written expression of interest, including CV, most recent academic transcripts and the names of two academic referees to Assoc. Profs Lauren Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gary Sheridan (email@example.com) by 31 August 2020. Please also contact both Lauren and Gary if you have any questions.