Available PhD Projects

We are currently looking for PhD candidates to conduct the following research projects. Please read the brief and contact prospective supervisors if interested.

Further potential projects with the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre are listed here.


Patch value, viability and resilience.

Supervised by: Professor David Keith


Conservation ecology of Greater bilby: survival, reproductive success and movement ecology in a breeding sanctuary in NSW.

Supervised by: Dr Neil Jordan


The earliest life on Earth and the setting for the Origin of Life

Supervised by: Professor Martin Van Kranendonk


Understanding how apex predators control ecosystem nutrient dynamics

Supervised by: Dr Mike Letnic


Mechanics of species irruptions

Supervised by: Dr Keith Leggett


Interconnected waterways: How do estuarine outputs affect coastal reef communities?

Supervised by: Associate Professor Paul Gribben


Genetic assessment of threats to platypus due to river modification

Supervised by: Associate Professor William Sherwin


PhD Position in Genetics for Forecasting and Managing Biodiversity

Supervised by: Associate Professor William Sherwin


Ecological connectivity between marine hard and soft-sediment ecosystems

Supervised by: Associate Professor Paul Gribben


Marine Macrophyte-Microbial Interactions

Supervised by: Associate Professor Paul Gribben


Archean placer gold deposits of the Pilbara Craton

Supervised by: Professor Martin Van Kranendonk


Coevolution of Emu Bush (Eremophila) and sap-sucking bugs (Heteroptera)

Supervised by: Professor Gerry Cassis


Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships

Supervised by: Associate Professor Wendy Shaw