The University of Newcastle, Australia

Ramifications of Climate Change on Microbial Ecology in the Pacific Ocean

Closing Date: 31 December 2018

PhD Opportunity

Microbial biodiversity in the tidal zone is responsible for important biological processes such as geochemical cycling and carbon sequestration. Climate change in the Pacific Islands has resulted in the restructuring of these zones effecting local freshwater ecology.

Atoll Pacific Ocean Coral

The tidal interface between the ocean and land is a complex microbiome and increased rates of shoreline recession and an increased incidence of extreme meteorological events, a consequence of climate change has resulted in a changing biological diversity. The research project will endeavour to monitor the effects of climate change through assembling locally relevant biodiversity markers for the Pacific Islands and through using Next Generation Technologies will assess the changing microbial profiles at the tidal interface. Research will heavily focus on cyanobacteria and its role in nutrient cycling in the Pacific Ocean. It will also include investigation into the microbial biodiversity and metabolomic profiles of different atolls to survey the ecological influence of niche environments on local community structures. Possible outcomes for this project include the development of a predictive model to assess the effects of global warming on biodiversity.

PhD Opportunity details


This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please submit an application in the relevant scholarship round.

Supervisor: Professor Brett Neilan

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 December 2018.

Applications Close 31 December 2018

Contact Mr Toby Mills
Phone +61 2 4921 5544

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