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  • Expression of interest: PhD scholarship on the impact of sea level rise on shorebirds

    Guest Martijn van de Pol
    • Employer: James Cook University
      Location: Townsville
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: 09/22/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    I’m looking for candidates who wish to apply for a competitive PhD scholarship at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) to study topics related to the impact of sea level rise on shorebirds. The project involves the analysis of existing multi-decadal long-term datasets from across the globe. Townsville is a beautiful tropical town at the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet tropics. JCU is globally ranked #2 in Biodiversity & Conservation research.


    Sea level rise is already affecting shorebirds across the globe. Shorebirds feed on intertidal areas that will be exposed from the sea during low tide for less time if these areas cannot compensate enough in sediment growth for the accelerating sea level rise. However, the contribution of sea level rise on the dramatic decline in shorebirds globally remains unclear, as various other human-induced threats are acting at the same time. This project will utilize long-term datasets from across the globe to disentangle the contribution of sea level rise among a broad group of shorebird species.

    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). To be competitive for the scholarship candidates typically should have at least one first-authored peer reviewed publication (or two co-authored) and an MSc with high grades (which includes a research component) or an Honours 1st class, or equivalent (https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/forms-and-policies/scholarship-scoring-procedure)

    If interested please send an email with your interests, including a current CV and details of two references to Dr Martijn van de Pol: martijn.vandepol@jcu.edu.au

    See my website for more information about my research and this project: https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/martijn.vandepol/

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