Funded PhD position in Modelling Ecosystem Change

Deadline: Until filled

A funded PhD position in Modelling Ecosystem Change is available in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland.

Prof. George Perry has one (total) funded PhD position available in the following areas:

•     Potential for tipping points and 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 broad-scale vegetation response to past climate change (e.g. the Holocene transition) – this will draw on work such as McGlone et al. (2010) in NZ Journal Ecology and the pollen records described in Newnham et al. (2013) QSR.

•     Extinction dynamics in spatially structured populations and networks, especially in the context of mutualistic relationships and spatial meta-networks (that is, spatially structured networks of networks).

All of these projects will be built around simulation modelling, potentially with some field component, and would suit someone with experience in ecological modelling with a strong interest in the past and the use of palaeoecological information to improve our understanding of contemporary ecosystems. The student 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 at: Scholarship funding (living costs, tuition fees and research costs) is available for three years, and is open to both domestic and international candidates. Applicants must meet the University of Auckland's criteria for entry into the PhD programme.

To apply please send 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(s) interests you, a detailed CV, and contact details of two academic referees.