PhD scholarships to protect Christmas Island

Tue, 09 Feb 2016

Two PhD top up scholarships are being offered through The University of Queensland to protect threatened species on Christmas Island.

One will focus on research to support the reversal of the decline of the endemic Christmas Island flying fox and the other will implement research to support the current eradication project for feral cats on the island.

Both roles will work closely the TSR Hub and Parks Australia Christmas Island staff around strategic decision-making for monitoring and management over the next three years.

Both people will need to have a quantitative background or a strong desire to learn about quatitaive approaches and have a good understanding of approaches for environmental decision-making, explains Project Leader Dr Eve McDonald-Madden.

“Christmas Island is a good place to do a PhD – a beautiful location and place of high importance for biodiversity in Australia. You also get to learn a bunch of different quantitative skills and work with some really incredible stakeholders.”

The top ups will provide successful candidates with an additional $6,000 per year, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend from other sources, plus support funds for fieldwork and attendance at Hub workshops and conferences.

For more information contact Doctor Eve McDonald-Madden (

Photo: The threatened Christmas Island Flying Fox, Biodiversity Heritage Library (Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

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