The University of Newcastle, Australia

Conservation ecology of threatened wallabies

Closing Date: 01 September 2020Apply Now

PhD Opportunity

Two PhD projects are available within the Conservation Science Research Group of the University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences to study the conservation ecology of threatened wallabies under the supervision of Associate Professors Matt Hayward, John Clulow and Andrea Griffin, in association with staff from DPIE, DPI and UNE. One student will work on parma wallabies Macropus parma and the other on red-legged pademelons Thylogale stygmatica.


The projects aim to understand the impacts of the 2019/20 ‘black summer’ bushfires on these species. Over 70% of the distribution of parma wallabies burnt, and a substantial proportion of the red-legged pademelon’s distribution also burnt. Understanding the population dynamics, habitat use, survivorship, movement patterns, corridor use, diet, and stress of these species in recently burnt and long unburnt areas will be key to identify optimal management options.

The projects will involve extensive field work around the forests to the west of Coffs Harbour involving camera trapping, physical trapping, GPS telemetry and habitat analyses.

PhD Opportunity details


The Commonwealth government’s bushfire funds via the NSW Saving our Species program has provided funding to conduct the field work.

This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please apply to the relevant scholarship round. Scholarships available within the round include a tuition fee scholarship and a living allowance scholarship. The living allowance scholarship provides $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Matt Hayward, Associate Professor John Clulow and Dr Andrea Griffin

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity is suited to a student with a first class honours degree and an interest and ideally experience working in remote, bushland conditions; on threatened species; in cooperation with conservation managers. The students would also benefit from ecological modelling/analysis skills, or have a willingness to learn these.

Visit the higher degree by research scholarships website for further information about eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Application Procedure

Expressions of interest should include a cover letter explaining your honours research, experience with field ecology; a copy of your academic record; and a curriculum vitae (cv). If you have any questions about your EOI, please contact Matt Hayward on the email address below.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 01 September 2020.

Applications Close 01 September 2020 Apply Now

Contact Associate Professor Matt Hayward
Phone +61 2 4921 7472

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