The Christmas Island Flying Fox population has declined by approximately 35% over the last six years. The reasons are poorly understood and it’s timely
to consider management actions that may improve their long term survival.
A PhD candidate is required to work on understanding the threats to this highly valued species, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Using targeted ecological fieldwork and decision analysis, this work will guide future decisions about the management and monitoring of this last remaining endemic mammal on Christmas Island.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Parks Australia staff on the island and with TSR Chief Investigators Dr Eve McDonald-Madden (UQ) and Professor John Woinarski (CDU).
The project will also work closely with Christmas Island Flying Fox experts from Taronga Conservation Society Australia and CSIRO.
The next round of domestic scholarship applications are due 22 April 2016 and international scholarships dates will be announced soon - more details on these scholarships can be found here.
Professor John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University discusses the importance of averting extinctions of less charismatic animals.
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