Two Funded PhD Positions – Modelling Ecosystem Change

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Professor George Perry has two funded PhD positions available in the following areas:

• Development of agent-based models of human-fire interactions in NZ’s prehistoric period – this will expand research in Perry et al. 2012 Global Change Biology
• Potential for state change in contemporary NZ forest ecosystems affected by fire and invasive weed and mammal species – this will expand research described in Perry et al. 2015 in Ecosystems
• Interactions between range dynamics and life-history traits (e.g. dispersal) and how they have influenced response to past climate change (e.g. the Holocene transition) – this will draw on work such as McGlone et al. (2010) NZ Journal Ecology and the pollen records described in Newnham et al. (2013) QSR
• Extinction dynamics in networks, especially in the context of mutualistic relationships and spatial meta-networks (that is, spatially structured networks of networks).
The projects will be built around simulation modelling and would suit someone with experience in ecological modelling with a strong interest in the past and the use of palaeoecological information to improve understanding of contemporary ecosystems. The students will be based in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland and supervised by Prof. George Perry, and will work closely with other project partners especially at Landcare Research. Please direct any academic questions about these projects to George Perry  

Scholarship funding (living costs, tuition fees and research costs) is available for three years, and is open to both domestic and international candidates. Applicants will need to meet the University’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme

Please apply by sending your application to George Perry by e-mail as a single document (pdf preferred), including a statement outlining your suitability for the post and which project interests you, a detailed CV, and contact details of two academic referees to George Perry