The University of Newcastle, Australia

Understanding the Impact of Invasive Species on Ecosystem Recovery to Strengthen Pacific Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Closing Date: 26 July 2019

PhD Scholarship

The impact of climate change on Pacific Island ecosystems is being compounded by the presence of invasive species. Predator species such as rats are considered the primary drivers of local extinction of both land and seabird populations. Their activity suppresses plant growth and regeneration, and reduces productivity of agricultural crops.

Invasive Species

In partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), University of Newcastle researchers are investigating the role of invasive species eradication programmes in supporting ecosystem resilience in dedicated field sites throughout the Pacific. A PhD scholarship is being offered to identify and implement practical monitoring methods prior to and post eradication of rat populations. The project seeks to understand the relationship between rats, climate change and ecosystem recovery, as well as inform capacity building training for Pacific Island communities.

PhD Scholarship details


This scholarship provides a living allowance of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Matthew Hayward

Available to: International students


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to:
- Meet UON entry requirements in regards to previous qualifications
- Meet UON’s English Language Requirements for PhD study
- Be a citizen of a Pacific Island nation

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

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 26 July 2019.

Applications Close 26 July 2019

Contact Matthew Hayward
Phone +61 (02) 4921 7472

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