The following PhD project is available at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
Please direct EOI’s to email@example.com
PhD Scholarship in Marine Habitat
Mapping & MPA Assessment
Project Description: This PhD scholarship is aligned with a project funded by Parks Victoria with a focus
on the assessment of MPAs in the state waters off Victoria, Australia. Parks Victoria has established
extensive marine research and monitoring programs for the MPAs that address important management
challenges, focussing both on improving baseline knowledge of the MPAs as well as applied management
questions not being addressed by others. This project includes five main components: (1) develop a full
bathymetry map for Bunurong Marine National Park (MNP) and habitat maps for both Bunurong and
Wilsons Promontory MNPs, (2) establish IMOS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) monitoring sites
inside and outside Wilson Promontory MNP as part of the national AUV monitoring program, (3) test, refine
and implement proposed new methods for subtidal reef surveys using an AUV and other recent advances in
technology, (4) test, refine and implement new methods for intertidal reef surveys using low‐cost
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and (5) investigate habitat/species (fish populations and rock lobster)
relationships in Wilsons Prom MNP, including use of fisheries independent survey methods to assess rock
lobster populations inside and outside the park. The PhD student will contribute to a broader team
approach and not be expected to target all aspects of the program and would have freedom to work on
other local and global scale projects. For example, the student would have opportunities to work on
projects involving tracking data to determine habitat utilisation of marine mammals in Bass Strait with
regard to commonwealth MPAs and broader scale studies including global‐scale MPA assessments.
Project Environment: The project will be hosted by Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology
(CIE, http://cie‐deakin.com/) in the School of Life and Environmental Science and supported by Parks
Victoria. The project will be principally supervised by Daniel Ierodiaconou from Deakin University as part of
Deakin’s Marine Mapping group (http://www.marinemapping.org/) with support from research partners.
Expressions of Interest: We are seeking EOIs for a fully‐funded PhD Scholarship from candidates with
outstanding track records in spatial mapping and analysis. Applicants with experience in marine habitat
mapping, acoustic and/or visual mapping methods, underwater video data collection (ROV, AUV, BRUV),
spatial statistics, MPA assessment, and GIS are encouraged to apply. EOIs must consist of a 1‐2 page cover
letter describing your suitability for the position and track record relative to opportunity, as well as a 2 page
CV and any relevant questions relating to the position.
EOIS can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should be submitted by Friday, 1st July 2016.