Effects of native animals on bushfire risk (supplementary scholarship)


We are seeking a PhD candidate to work on the recently funded ARC Linkage Project "Fire, Fuel and Fauna: Effects of native animals on fuel dynamics and bushfire risk" in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. This exciting ARC Linkage project will use a combination of field experiments and fire behaviour modeling to examine the extent to which animals can influence fire regimes. 

The PhD project will investigate the potential for kangaroos and wallabies to affect fuel dynamics through changes in vegetation structure, composition and litter accumulation. The PhD scholar will be supervised by Professor Lindenmayer, Dr Claire Foster and Associate Professor Geoff Cary, with opportunities to work with other project personnel, including industry partners, and international researchers.

The successful applicant will be offered a PhD supplementary stipend of $6,000 p.a. additional to their PhD scholarship stipend from other sources. Operational funding will be available for fieldwork and other expenses of the project. The supplementary stipend will be offered for three years with a possible six month extension. The candidate would be expected to commence the doctoral program in early 2018.

Field of study

Environmental science


Bachelors degree with first-class honours, or a research Masters degree from a recognised university. Australian and New Zealand citizens; permanent residents of Australia. 

Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate's research proposal. The successful candidate will have experience in environmental science or ecology and management. Peer-reviewed publications are an advantage.

Domestic students must obtain a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University. This opportunity is not currently available for international students.


A top-up payment of $6,000 p.a., tax free in fortnightly instalments, additional to a PhD stipend obtained by the candidate.

Operational funding and other support will be available for fieldwork and other expenses of the project.


How to apply

Domestic students must obtain and maintain a PhD scholarship stipend at The Australian National University (2017 rate: $26,682 p.a. tax free). See AGRTP information.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to email or call Professor David Lindenmayer on 02 61250654 to discuss a potential PhD project, and must submit a CV, copy of academic transcripts, and a one page statement of possible research directions to him by 20 October 2017. 
Queries regarding scholarship matters can be directed to Amy Chen.


Further information

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top-ranked institution in Australia for environmental research. The Fenner School of Environment and Society includes some of the Australia's leading ecologists and conservation scientists. The School's large, dynamic community of PhD students are provided with high quality office facilities, computer and statistical support, and access to field equipment, laboratory facilities and a fleet of 4WD vehicles. Students are encouraged to collaborate widely and attend national and international conferences. Research within Professor Lindenmayer's Research Group addresses a diverse range of topics, with a particular focus on applied land management and conservation questions. Past PhD graduates have a strong record of employment in academic, government and NGO sectors.