Restorative Aquaculture (2 PhD candidate positions)

Southeast Queensland, Australia Full Time

Job Details

Restorative Aquaculture

We have fully funded positions available for two outstanding PhD candidates, who will work towards evaluating the potential of restorative aquaculture to reverse human impacts on coastal marine environments, through the co-culture of seaweed and shellfish within the Moreton Bay marine park. The scholarships align with a FRDC funded project on the economic, environmental and social benefits of aquaculture.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the PhD projects are to assess the broader environmental benefits and impacts of restorative aquaculture by assessing:

 The benefits and impacts of existing shellfish aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystems as a baseline for restorative aquaculture

  1. The ‘spill-over’ benefits of seaweed aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystem, including enhancement of fish habitat, water quality improvements and blue carbon.
  2. Economic and environmental trade-offs in the co-culture of shellfish and seaweeds in the design of restorative aquaculture systems


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated academic excellence in ecology, biology or a related discipline relative to career stage and a strong commitment to improving the world with science. The ideal candidate will have the capacity to work with a diverse range of people and stakeholders as part of a large, multidisciplinary team. Strong quantitative, statistical and programming skills (preferably R) are desirable and the candidate must have fieldwork experience and an interest in broader communication of research findings.

Contact Information

University of the Sunshine Coast

Prior to completing an official application and for specific information about the research project, please contact one of the below supervision panel members.

Dr. Alexandra Campbell via email

Prof Nick Paul via email

Assoc Prof Andrew Olds via email

Post Date: 7/1/2020 10:27:26 AM
Closing Date: 9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM