PhD Scholarship: Ecology and demography of a threatened amphibian community 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The project will focus on the ecology, demography and habitat requirements of threatened native amphibians in freshwater streams within the south west of the Sydney Basin biogeographic region.

Littlejohn’s Treefrog and the Giant Burrowing Frog

Two of the threatened target species are Littlejohn’s Treefrog and the Giant Burrowing Frog. The streams of the study area support communities of several other species that are not threatened. Very little is known about the ecology of the two threatened species in the study region, and there have been various reports of local and widespread declines over the past decades.

Threats to population persistence have not been previously measured in a comprehensive study. The study provides ample opportunity to experimentally compare populations that occur in disturbed and pristine landscapes with the objective to understand the long-term conservation management of these species and populations. The research will involve a large field component to address the fundamental ecology of the target species including distribution, abundance and habitat requirements. Information gathered from the fieldwork will lead to a population viability analysis involving temporal and spatial modelling.

PhD Scholarship Details

The funds are made possible by an industry funded research project. A contract has been signed with the funding company (South32). Approval has been sought for the stipend component (RHD Scholarship) to be matched by a RHS funded position.

Supervisors:Prof Michael Mahony and Assoc Prof Matthew Hayward

Available to:Domestic Students

Fields of Research:Environmental Science and Management. Conservation Biology


Suitably qualified environmental science or science graduates with an Honours degree, or demonstrated equivalent (e.g., industry experience and portfolio).

Application procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest, including scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, and a brief statement of their research interests, to by 15th March at 5pm.

Applications Close 15 March 2018

Contact Michael Mahony
Phone 02 4921 6014

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