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  • Expression of interest: PhD scholarship behavioural adaptation to climate change in fairy-wrens

    Guest Lyanne Brouwer
    • Employer: James Cook University
      Location: Townsville
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: 09/22/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    I’m looking for outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a competitive PhD scholarship at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) to study topics related to behavioral adaptation to climate change, using fairy-wrens as a study system. The project involves a combination of fieldwork in south-west Australia with analyses of long-term datasets.


    It has been suggested that social species have evolved in harsh environmental conditions, allowing for successful reproduction and survival in environments where pairs alone cannot succeed. This implies that social behavior may buffer against adverse weather conditions. This project will study the dynamic interplay between ecological conditions and social behavior through new experiments and detailed behavioral observations using an iconic Australian bird as a model system.

    You need to be eligible to apply for an (International) Research Training Program Scholarship (https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/hdr-candidates/postgraduate-research-scholarships). Requirements typically include at least one first-authored peer reviewed publication and a MSc/ first class Honours, or equivalent (https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/forms-and-policies/scholarship-scoring-procedure)

    Please send a letter with your interests, including a current CV and details of two references to Dr Lyanne Brouwer: Lyanne.Brouwer@jcu.edu.au

    See my website for more information about my research: https://myscience.eu/lyanne

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