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Restoring Seagrass Resilience

School Affiliation:
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Research Centre Affiliation:
Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC)
Supervisor:
Dr Emma Jackson
Other Supervisors:
Associate Professor Andrew Irving

Synopsis

Seagrass ecosystems have suffered significant declines globally and focus is shifting to restoration efforts. However, restoration of seagrass ecosystems is a relatively young and difficult field and estimates show less than 40% of restoration efforts worldwide are deemed successful. A key component to successful restoration is an understanding of the genetic factors influencing restoration success. The proposed PhD will develop an understanding of genetic and genotypic diversity in the tropical seagrass Zostera muelleri and examine opportunities to match locally adapted variants. Given that locally adapted populations have a “genetic memory” formed from decades of selective stochastic events, such an approach is likely to surpass efforts to merely match current environmental conditions when selecting donor material. The applicant should have knowledge of restoration approaches, seagrass ecology and degree level knowledge of genetics.

Field of Research:
Environmental Sciences; Biological Sciences
Keywords:
Seagrass; Restoration; Genetics
Timeline
January 2020
Degree Level Availability:
Either Masters or Doctorate (by negotiation)
Campus Availability:
Gladstone

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Sponsor

Project sponsor:
This project is open to either Domestic or International students. For international students, this project is associated with the International Engaged Research Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction in tuition fees for eligible international students.
Project Support Available:
Stipend Scholarship; Direct Project Costs

Other special notes

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3,000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4,500 for Conference Travel Support

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