PhD opportunity: threatened native mammals, invasive predators and fire at Glenelg Ark

QAEco is seeking an enthusiastic and highly qualified candidate for a PhD project, researching the influence of fire and invasive predator management on threatened native mammals at Glenelg Ark, south-western Victoria.

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Potential research topics include:

  • Threatened native mammal responses to fox baiting and fire management. Potential focal species include southern brown bandicoot, long-nosed potoroo, dayang (heath mouse) and swamp antechinus
  • Interactions between fire and introduced predators:
    – Red fox and feral cat responses to fire (behaviour, habitat selection, diet etc.)
    – Effects of habitat structure on invasive predator hunting success
  • Unintended consequences of fox control:
    – Changes in macropod, possum or feral cat behaviour and abundance in response to fox control, and implications of these changes for vegetation and threatened native fauna

Applications close 30 September 2016.  See  GlenelgArk_PhDopportunity_2017 for more details.

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