Student research opportunity: Smart Allocation of Restoration Funds

The emerging imperative in Australia and globally for restoring ecosystems requires smart investment of limited funds available for conservation and natural resource management. Student research projects are available as part of a broader ARC Linkage project that involves researchers with expertise in applied conservation and restoration ecology and restoration managers and practitioners at the City of Gold Coast.

The overarching goal of the project is to explore the trade-off between minimising risk and maximising the return on investment in the context of restoration. The successful candidates will assess the relationships between vegetation recovery and time, for different types of restoration actions. The project is suitable to projects at undergraduate, honours and post-graduate level and can involve both field research and elicitation of information from experts.

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated capacity and aptitude for conducting research. The candidate will work jointly with scientists at The University of Queensland, Griffith University and City of Gold Coast. The supervisory team will include: Assoc Prof Kerrie Wilson (UQ), Dr Luke Shoo (UQ), and Professor Carla Catterall (Griffith University).

Prospective PhD applicants should apply for or be the recipient of an APA (or equivalent) scholarship. Interested students should provide a professional CV and a short letter of interest to Dr Kerrie Wilson (